Resources

Forestry Careers

Professional foresters may multitask across several areas of responsibility, or specialize in a particular area such as soil science, fire suppression, or pest management. Foresters typically develop or manage plans for:

  • Wilderness protection
  • Timberland improvement
  • Habitat enhancement
  • Timber sales
  • Tree nursery operations
  • Public recreation
  • Fire management


Forestry technicians
help implement these measures by:

  • Working on a fire suppression team
  • Constructing or maintaining trails
  • Maintaining campground facilities and assisting visitors
  • Monitoring forest use and enforcing regulations
  • Planting trees and shrubs to stabilize soils
  • Conducting inventories, classifying species and resources, and assessing forest health
  • Marking trees to be cut, or preserved
CAREERS

CAREERS IN FORESTRY

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Forester

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  • Median Annual Salary: $60,120
  • Education Needed: Bachelor Degree
Forest and Conservation Technician

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  • Median Annual Salary: $60,120
  • Education Needed: Bachelor Degree
Education

Educational Requirements

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Schools

Forestry Programs

University of Florida
Campus Location:
Gainesville, Florida
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University of Georgia
Campus Location:
Athens, Georgia
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NC State
Campus Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Clemson University
Campus Location:
Clemson, South Carolina
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Resources

Resources for Forestry Careers

Ecological Society of America
This professional association aims to bring ecologists together to discuss important issues in ecology, collaborate with one another, influence policy makers and educate the public on ecology. Members have access to research, publications, meetings, educational opportunities and more.

Forest Products Society
The Forest Products Society is a non-profit organization for those involved in various branches of the forest products industry. The association allows for networking and information exchange, hosts technical conferences and provides numerous resources to members, including a job board.

Forest Stewards Guild
The Forest Stewards Guild is an organization of professionals who care for forests in a variety of capacities. These foresters focus on education, outreach and research to help them and others in their field best serve forests and those who benefit from them.

National Association of State Foresters
This organization is made up of directors of forestry agencies throughout the country. Students and graduates can learn about industry terms, policies and standards; read reports; and explore the job board for state and national forestry careers.

National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation focuses on promoting the health and enjoyment of the country’s national forests and grasslands. The organization provides grant and volunteer programs and educational tools, among other resources.

Society of American Foresters
The SAF is a large organization of professional foresters who aim to further the forestry field through science and best practices. Conventions, education opportunities for professionals and students, publications and networking events are some of the benefits foresters involved in the SAF can use to their advantage.