Foresters

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Also known as:  Environmental Protection Forester, Forest Ecologist, Forestry Scientist, Land Management Forester, Operations Forester, Resource Forester, Service Forester, Timber Management Specialist, Urban Forester

ABOUT FORESTER CAREERS

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Healthy forests supply us with clean air and water, abundant wildlife, and natural beauty we can all enjoy. They also supply the paper and wood products we use every day. A forester is a professional trained in the art and science of managing this vital resource.

Foresters are outdoors a gre ...
at deal. Typical duties include measuring trees and supervising timber harvests. Foresters look for signs of insects and disease. They help to renew woodlands by planting seedlings and creating conditions for natural seeding to occur. They may collect samples for lab tests in their efforts to ensure water quality and healthy wildlife habitats.

Foresters can be surveyors, educators, even firefighters. Good written and verbal communication skills are important, along with technical ability. Foresters rely heavily on computers for record keeping, research, and mapping. One needs to be in good physical shape for this career - the work often takes foresters outside in all kinds of weather, frequently into isolated areas. Most foresters work for the government, but may be employed by lumber or paper companies, and by water utilities and conservation groups.

A bachelor's degree in forestry is the minimum requirement for a job, but research and teaching positions call for advanced degrees. Some states require licensing or registration. New foresters generally work under the supervision of experienced foresters. Advancement comes with experience and often means trading in field work for an office. Wherever they work, foresters are responsible for the wise use and management of forests, making them productive for us and future generations.

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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.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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Conduct public educational programs on forest care and conservation.
Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries.
Map forest area soils and vegetation to estimate the amount of standing timber and future value and growth.
Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
Direct, and participate in, forest-fire suppression.
Plan and implement projects for conservation of wildlife habitats and soil and water quality.
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.
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.
Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.
Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
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Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE Expand
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Geography 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.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination 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.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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