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Forester Job Description

A forester is a person whose job is focused on forest management and conservation. Foresters develop and manage forest lands and forest resources for economic, recreational and conservation purposes by performing tasks such as planting and monitoring forest trees for healthy growth, supervising forest harvesting, and providing advice and recommendations for the planting and growing of trees.

A forester should be well organized, careful, adaptable, observant, analytical, and good at planning and decision making. They should have physical fitness and stamina, and the ability and willingness to travel and work outdoors.

What does a Forester do?

Foresters may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Forester work?

Places of work for foresters include:

Working Conditions

Foresters may work normal office hours or irregular hours depending on the kind of work they do. They work indoors in offices and outdoors in forest areas doing fieldworks. During fieldworks, they may be away from home for a period of time, and work outdoors in all weather conditions.

What is Required to Become a Forester?

To become a forester, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a closely related discipline.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Foresters need to have:


Alternative Careers

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