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Foresters - 19-1032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Area Forester
  • District Forester
  • Fire Prevention Forester
  • Forest Practices Field Coordinator
  • Forester
  • Procurement Forester
  • Service Forester
  • Silviculturist
  • Timber Marker
  • Timber Sales Administrator (Timber Sales Admin)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
  • Conduct public educational programs on forest care and conservation.
  • Contact local forest owners and gain permission to take inventory of the type, amount, and location of all standing timber on the property.
  • Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.
  • Develop new techniques for wood or residue use.
  • Develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees.
  • Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression.
  • Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
  • Map forest area soils and vegetation to estimate the amount of standing timber and future value and growth.
  • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
  • Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use.
  • Monitor wildlife populations and assess the impacts of forest operations on population and habitats.
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of agreements and contracts for forest harvesting, forest management and leasing of forest lands.
  • Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries.
  • Plan and direct construction and maintenance of recreation facilities, fire towers, trails, roads and bridges, ensuring that they comply with guidelines and regulations set for forested public lands.
  • Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
  • Plan and implement projects for conservation of wildlife habitats and soil and water quality.
  • 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.
  • Plan cutting programs and manage timber sales from harvested areas, assisting companies to achieve production goals.
  • Procure timber from private landowners.
  • Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, firefighters, government agencies or to companies.
  • Study different tree species' classification, life history, light and soil requirements, adaptation to new environmental conditions and resistance to disease and insects.
  • Subcontract with loggers or pulpwood cutters for tree removal and to aid in road layout.
  • Supervise activities of other forestry workers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws.
  • Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems.
  • Cultivate land.
  • Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities.
  • Develop agricultural methods.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Measure environmental characteristics.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities.
  • Plan environmental research.
  • Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs.
  • Research crop management methods.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Forest Ecologist
  • Forester
  • Silviculturist