Foresters study, establish, manage and harvest forests to ensure there is a continuing supply of timber and associated forest products. They also maintain forests to meet community recreational needs.
Duties & Tasks
Foresters may perform the following tasks:
- manage forest resources by protecting and regenerating forests and promoting effective growth
- establish plantations of native and introduced timber species
- plan and implement fire prevention, detection and suppression systems
- observe the effects of environmental factors on the growth and health of plants
- measure and record tree volume and growth, as well as changes in the forest's timber and other resources
- estimate the sustainable supply of timber and associated forest products
- plan and implement the growing and harvesting of native and introduced plantation forests
- protect wildlife habitats and forest streams
- develop recreational facilities and control their use
- undertake landscape management, which may involve manual and satellite mapping, aerial photo interpretation and field measurements
- advise governments, industry and landholders on forestry, and plan and conduct educational programmes on the care and value of trees and forests
- conduct research on various aspects of forestry
- supervise and train technical, clerical and field staff and coordinate their work.
Foresters work both indoors and outdoors, often in isolated bush areas.
- aptitude for science
- able to take initiative
- interested in environmental issues
- good communication skills
- enjoy outdoor activities.