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.