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 growthestablish plantations of native and introduced timber speciesplan and implement fire prevention, detection and suppression systemsobserve the effects of environmental factors on the growth and health of plantsmeasure and record tree volume and growth, as well as changes in the forest's timber and other resourcesestimate the sustainable supply of timber and associated forest productsplan and implement the growing and harvesting of native and introduced plantation forestsprotect wildlife habitats and forest streamsdevelop recreational facilities and control their useundertake landscape management, which may involve manual and satellite mapping, aerial photo interpretation and field measurementsadvise governments, industry and landholders on forestry, and plan and conduct educational programmes on the care and value of trees and forestsconduct research on various aspects of forestrysupervise 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.