21111 – Forestry professionals


21111 – Forestry professionals
Forestry professionals conduct research, develop plans and administer and direct programs related to the management and harvesting of forest resources. They are employed by the forest industry, provincial and federal governments, consulting companies, educational institutions and other industries, or they may be self-employed.


Index of titles
Appraisal forester
Consulting forester
Crown lands forester
District forester
Extension forester
Forest engineer
Forest nursery forester
Geographic information system (GIS) forester
Industrial forester
Operations forester
Parks and recreation forester
Private lands forester
Professional forester
Project forester
Regional forest inventory officer
Regional inventory officer - forestry
Registered professional forester (RPF)
Research forester
Superintendent - forestry
Unit forester
Urban forester


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations
Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources
Plan and direct woodlands harvesting, reforestation, silviculture and fire prevention and fire suppression programs, road building, wildlife management, environmental protection and insect and vegetation control programs
Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands
Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities
Ensure adherence to government regulations and company objectives
Plan and conduct public relations programs, and education and extension programs related to forestry
Develop and oversee programs for tree seedling production and woodlands nursery operations
Conduct advanced research in the areas of tree improvement, nursery seedling production, forest soils, forest ecology, forest mensuration, forest operations and other areas
Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, municipal, provincial or federal governments or to companies.


Employment requirements
A bachelor's degree in forestry or forestry engineering is required.
Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces except Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.
A two-year practicum of supervised work experience and professional examinations are usually required before registration.


Additional information
Supervisory and senior occupations in this unit group require additional experience.
With experience, mobility is possible to management positions in government and industry.


Forest economist (in 41401 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts)
Forestry operations manager; woodlands manager (in 80010 Managers in natural resources production and fishing)
Forestry policy director - government services; forestry programs manager - government services (in 40011 Government managers - economic analysis, policy development and program administration)
Research director - forestry (in 20011 Architecture and science managers)