Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Natural Resources Systems

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Job Description

Your job is to Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber’s worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Common job titles of Foresters include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 78.8% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 6.51% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

Essential Tasks

    Supervise activities of other forestry workers.

    Procure timber from private landowners.

Regular Tasks

    Contact local forest owners and gain permission to take inventory of the type, amount, and location of all standing timber on the property.

    Plan cutting programs and manage timber sales from harvested areas, assisting companies to achieve production goals.

    Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.

    Map forest area soils and vegetation to estimate the amount of standing timber and future value and growth.

    Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries.

    Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.

    Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species.

    Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.

    Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.

    Plan and supervise forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings.

Occasional Tasks

    Develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees.

    Study different tree species' classification, life history, light and soil requirements, adaptation to new environmental conditions and resistance to disease and insects.

    Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, firefighters, government agencies or to companies.

    Plan and direct construction and maintenance of recreation facilities, fire towers, trails, roads and bridges, ensuring that they comply with guidelines and regulations set for forested public lands.

    Monitor wildlife populations and assess the impacts of forest operations on population and habitats.

    Subcontract with loggers or pulpwood cutters for tree removal and to aid in road layout.

    Conduct public educational programs on forest care and conservation.

    Plan and implement projects for conservation of wildlife habitats and soil and water quality.

    Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use.

    Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression.

    Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.

    Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.

    Develop new techniques for wood or residue use.


Weed sprayers

Tree scale sticks

Tablet computers

Stump grinders

Steel measuring tapes

Power pruners

Power loppers

All Tools

Pole pruners

Personal computers

Navigational compasses

Multipurpose skid steer loaders

Multipurpose front end loaders

Laptop computers

Hip chains

Handheld dataloggers

Hand saws

Hand pruners

Global positioning system GPS devices

Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles

Forestry axes

Digital clinometers

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners


Bucket trucks

Brush chippers

Backpack sprayers

All-terrain vehicles ATV


ESRI ArcGIS software

Geographic information system GIS software

Trimble CENGEA

ESRI ArcView

Forest Metrix

Forest vegetation simulators

Forest yield software

All Technologies

Fountains Forestry TwoDog

Mapping software


Work scheduling software



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Originality

Come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.



Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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