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Become A Forester

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Working As A Forester

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $50,164

    Average Salary

What Does A Forester Do At CN Utility Consulting

* Collect tree data for field surveys along electric utility lines
* Identify species, take standard forestry measurements, complete risk assessments, and record information about each site
* Operate and maintain all field equipment
* Contct and communicate with private landowners
* Interact with the public and coworkers in a professional manner
* Extensive drive time through the state inspecting vegetation management work
* Detailed data collection
* Daily utilization of GIS maps, rangefinders, and planning software on tablets
* Performs other related duties as required or assigned

What Does A Forester Do At Forest Service

* Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS
* grade level;
* OR** a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL
* B. or J
* D., if related;
* OR** an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level).
* The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
* Specialized experience for the GS
* grade level is defined as experience collecting, reviewing, and analyzing timber compartment and stand prescription, or presale information data; assisting with assembling and reviewing timber sales contract packages, including determining, planning, and arranging for the resources needed to complete the layout of sales; maintaining records of timber cut and ensuring collection of payments as required to keep payments ahead of cutting schedules; and utilizing appropriate documents to assist higher-level employees with the determination of sale boundaries, proper location of logging roads, acceptable marking and cutting methods, stumpage prices, and the requirements for brush disposal, erosion control, and stand improvement

What Does A Forester Do At ACRT, Inc.

* coordinating work and project schedules and assignments, reporting directly to client supervision, supervising contract personnel in the field, conducting monthly audits, and assisting Operations Managers with project maintenance.
* As a minimum, a Supervisory Utility Forester shall have:
* Minimum of 1 year of experience in Vegetation Management
* ISA Certification preferred, but not required (must be obtained within 1 year of hire)
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel

What Does A Forester Do At Texas A&M Forest Service

* 1. Maintain QA average >95%
* Meet monthly production goals.
* Effectively supervise technical field staff.
* Effectively acquire access to plot locations.
* May require extended personal, telephone or electronic communication
* May require working long hours, with minimal rest in severe conditions.
* May require walking long distances, standing for extended periods, twisting, bending, reaching and kneeling.
* May require lifting and carrying heavy objects.
* May require driving motor vehicles for long distances.
* May require exposure to harsh environmental conditions such as wind, sunlight, rain and temperature extremes.
* Acquire USFS FIA "Certified Cruiser" certification within six months of employment
* Involvement in local nature resource organizations (SAF, TFA, FLA...)
* If supervisor approves, assist with local fire suppression.
* Maintain FFT2 NWCG Certification.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Forester Do At State of Massachusetts

* Assist in the implementation of program activities on both public and private property, including overseeing seasonal staff, designing outreach strategies and materials for private property owners, conducting training programs for planting crews, conducting site visits to locate trees on private and public property, coordinating with municipal forestry staff and preparing planting data and progress reports.
* Interacts with the public and provides technical advice to landowners about proper tree selection and maintenance.
* Accepts tree deliveries from nursery under contract and monitors and assures compliance of nursery stock with contractual agreements.
* Gathers and disseminates information concerning agency programs by correspondence, telephone, personal contact, and through public education programs.
* Prepares or develops reports and memoranda using word processing, spreadsheets and databases and communicates with agency personnel using computer network.
* Maintains various logs and records relating to tree planting location and management; prepares, reads and interprets written reports as required; interprets topographical and GIS maps; represents the agency at meetings and exhibits; operates communications equipment, maintains field equipment, and drives a motor vehicle as required.
* The Forester I may also:
* Conduct meetings, task forces and/or conferences with agency staff and professionals in related disciplines on issues such as meeting program goals, updating arboricultural techniques, and new forest resource management procedures.
* Represent agency at local public hearings, advisory committee meetings and task forces concerning forest resource management.
* Serve as liaison to municipal, federal and state agencies and other organizations regarding forest resource management and environmental protection.
* Perform related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Forester

Most grounds maintenance workers need no formal education and are trained on the job. Most states require licensing for workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers.


Although most grounds maintenance jobs have no education requirements, some employers may require formal education or certification in areas such as landscape design, horticulture, or arboriculture.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states require workers who apply pesticides and fertilizers to be licensed. Obtaining a license usually involves passing a test on the proper use and disposal of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers seven certifications in landscaping and grounds maintenance for workers at various experience levels.

The Tree Care Industry Association offers certification for tree care safety professionals.

The International Society of Arboriculture offers six certifications for workers at various experience levels.

The Professional Grounds Management Society offers certification for workers at various experience levels.


A short period of on-the-job training is usually enough to teach new hires the skills they need, which often include how to plant and maintain areas and how to use mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, small tractors, and other equipment. Large institutional employers such as golf courses, university campuses, or municipalities may supplement on-the-job training with coursework in horticulture or small-engine repair.


Grounds maintenance workers who have good communication skills may become crew leaders or advance into other supervisory positions. Becoming a manager or a landscape contractor may require some formal education and several years of related work experience. Some workers use their experience to start their own landscaping companies.

Important Qualities

Physical stamina. Grounds maintenance workers must be capable of doing physically strenuous labor for long hours, occasionally in extreme heat or cold.

Self-motivated. Because they often work with little supervision, grounds maintenance workers must be able to do their job independently.

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Forester Demographics


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  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • Malay

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

  • Tamil

  • Cebuano

  • Nepali

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Real Forester Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Foresters Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL Mar 13, 2014 $75,000
Investment Forester Regions Financial Corporation Birmingham, AL Sep 19, 2013 $74,922 -
Investment Forester Regions Financial Corporation Birmingham, AL Sep 19, 2013 $65,000 -
Investment Forester Regions Financial Corporation Atlanta, GA Sep 20, 2010 $65,000 -
Foresters Seven Islands Land Company Bangor, ME Jan 14, 2010 $65,000
Forester Penny Frazier MO Feb 14, 2014 $62,610
Forester Penny Frazier Salem, MO Feb 14, 2011 $62,610
Forester NYC Parks & Recreation NY Sep 21, 2012 $60,000 -
Utility Forester Arbormetrics Solutions, LLC Altamonte Springs, FL Sep 20, 2012 $55,000
Utility Forester Arbormetrics Solutions, Inc. Altamonte Springs, FL May 21, 2012 $55,000
Foresters Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL Jun 17, 2014 $53,917
Forester The City of New York, Department of Parks and Recreation New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $51,418
Forester Oak Valley Hardwood Inc. Marion, NC Jun 09, 2016 $50,170
Forester City of New York/Parks & Recreation New York, NY Apr 21, 2012 $50,164
Foresters SGT, Inc. Sioux Falls, SD Mar 07, 2014 $48,006 -
Forester Oak Valley Hardwood Inc. Marion, NC Aug 23, 2015 $45,157
Forester Oak Valley Hardwood Inc. Marion, NC Jun 09, 2016 $44,158

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Top Skills for A Forester


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Top Forester Skills

  1. Timber Sales
  2. Forests
  3. GIS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up and administrate timber sales.
  • Assisted districts and forests with economic analysis and PAR preparation.
  • Attend pre-construction meetings, providing insight on logistics, access, and timeframe for vegetation work.
  • Audited contractor's work for compliance with all safety requirements, as well as with Duke quality specifications.
  • Presented to national conference of 300+ peers about a GPS tracking system I implemented in our harvesting equipment.

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