Top Forester Skills

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a Forester. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Forester resumes they appeared on. For example, 15.0% of Forester resumes contained Timber Sale Contracts as a skill. Let's find out what skills a Forester actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

The six most common skills found on Forester resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Timber Sale Contracts

high Demand
Here's how Timber Sale Contracts is used in Forester jobs:
  • Represented Forest Service during on going Timber Sale contracts, making sure the logger complied with contract clauses.

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2. Forests

high Demand
Here's how Forests is used in Forester jobs:
  • Record data and maintain the geodatabases for the two State Forests.
  • Assist with management activities on state forests, including timber marking, inventory, and prescribed burns.
  • Assisted districts and forests with economic analysis and PAR preparation.
  • Project Description: Southern California Edison Bark Beetle Project in the San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside National Forests.

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3. GIS

high Demand
Here's how GIS is used in Forester jobs:
  • Maintained security clearance with responsibility for managing and inspecting vegetation at pole facilities for Geographic Information System (GIS) errors.
  • Managed inventory and treatment data as well as special projects for privately-owned timberland using advanced GIS and database software.
  • Cooperated with biologists and ecologists to meet resource objectives.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive GIS system providing maps for various operational and planning purposes.
  • Utilized the field data to develop various management maps using ARC Map GIS program.
  • Worked under a (RPF) Register Professional Forester for 7 years.
  • Promoted the Champion Tree Program and maintained the Wyoming Big Tree register.
  • Identify, inspect and evaluate trees and enter prescriptions into ArcGIS Collector.
  • Maintained project GIS databases and updated them on a daily basis.
  • Assisted area geologist, hydrologist and timber appraiser with fieldwork.
  • Perform timber valuations, soil studies, GIS overlays.
  • Used ArcGIS extensively as part of the job.
  • Assisted archaeologist in layout and completion of surveys.
  • Performed UNIX system administration and GIS analyses.
  • Collect and analyze data using GIS technology.
  • Input detailed data using GPS and GIS.
  • Map and file creation using GIS software.
  • Created and Implemented new GIS database.
  • Contract work through a Registered Forester.
  • Created and managed GIS database of shapefiles and tabular data for stewardship plans using ArcMap, ArcView, and Microsoft Access.

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4. Vegetation Management

high Demand
Here's how Vegetation Management is used in Forester jobs:
  • Inspected for transmission line/structure safety, listed all vegetation management requirements, and a full audit on herbicide treatment contracts.
  • Used ArcPad on mobile devises to create tree inventories and work orders for vegetation management in utility right of ways.
  • Oversee Vegetation Management Program for Progress Energy in North Central and South Central Regions near Orlando Florida.
  • Managed aspects of Vegetation Management within FP&L's North area transmission rights-of-way
  • Survey power lines and develop detailed plans for DTE's vegetation management department.
  • Inspected the utility right of way for required vegetation management.
  • Provided all Vegetation Management operations for client SDG&E.
  • Audit contract tree crew vegetation maintenance and contractor timesheets - Oversee vegetation management activities on distribution and transmission systems.

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5. GPS

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Here's how GPS is used in Forester jobs:
  • Map use, GPS, and cardinal direction were also a major part of the job.
  • Navigated remote areas of the refuge using maps and GPS to locate job sites.
  • Collect GPS data and work with Inventory team to label research areas.
  • Gained GPS experience while maintained fencing throughout Elk and McKean County.
  • Delineated and surveyed project boundaries using GPS and traditional methods.
  • Used Trimble GPS to located position of vegetation points oriented around pipe and to accurately place points on project.
  • Compiled electronic data sheets and GPS waypoint data of hazardous trees using a Trimble YUMA unit.

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6. Tree Clearance Crews

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Here's how Tree Clearance Crews is used in Forester jobs:
  • Generated hard copy work requests on weekly basis and supplied to assigned tree clearance crews.
  • Planned, directed, and coordinated the activities of assigned tree clearance crews.
  • Generated work requests and issued to assigned tree clearance crews.

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7. PG

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Here's how PG is used in Forester jobs:
  • Meet with concerned parties such as city officials, landowners, and PG&E land managers to discuss vegetation issues.
  • Function as vegetation management contractor for PG&E to conduct annual inspections along distribution and transmission power lines.
  • Patrol along PG&E distribution lines, analyzing various tree species that are growing near the lines.
  • Lead role on the District to implement the North Carolina Forest Practices Guidelines (FPG's).
  • Provided vegetation management services throughout Northern California for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E).
  • Explained complex state and federal regulations which guided PG&E's policy regarding vegetation management activities.
  • Identified native and ornamental trees to species located near PG&E distribution power lines.
  • Act as public interface for PG&E's vegetation management program.
  • Interacted with PG&E customers in person and by phone.
  • Surveyed primary and secondary distribution lines for PG&E.
  • Contracted to PG&E to perform pre-inspection of vegetation, in or near, distribution/transmission utility easements.
  • Use GIS to create PG&E circuit maps as it applies to the powerlines and identifying markers.
  • Contracted by PG&E to inspect Distribution powerlines for tree clearances.
  • Inspected over 200 miles of PG&E s 12kv and 120kv line, for potential or current hazards.
  • Follow PG&E''s strich safety protocols.
  • Survey powerlines for PG&E.
  • Worked to inform all citizens and PGE customers of the saftey rules and regulations regarding vegitation management.

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8. Management Plan

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Here's how Management Plan is used in Forester jobs:
  • Assisted non-industrial forest landowners with management activities through educational workshops, management plans, and cost-share activities.
  • Created & implemented land management plans for private landowners by delivering economic analysis, financial models.
  • Develop and implement management plans for private landowners.
  • Write multiple-use forest management plans for landowners.
  • Support RRAD's Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) and the Integrated Cultural Resources Management Plan (INCRMP).
  • Developed Fire Management Plan for 130,000 acres in East Everglades and conducted prescribed burns.
  • Assisted District Forester in timber sales, forest management plans and TSI work.
  • Evaluated forest management plans and their associated maps for compliance with CSFS guidelines.
  • Contribute to all aspects of Vegetation Management Planning., Succeed and Celebrate.
  • Recommend forest development projects on private land by writing forest management plans.
  • Work directly with private property owners to establish a sustainable management plan.
  • Created 5 year management plans for maximum return on investment.
  • Create and implement forest management plans and budgets.
  • Developed and executed silviculture operations and forest management plans.

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9. Private Lands

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Here's how Private Lands is used in Forester jobs:
  • Contacted home and land owners as needed to gain access to stretches of pipe on private lands.
  • Provided supervision of contractor logging crews engaged in timber sale activity on Private lands.

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10. Natural Resources

high Demand
Here's how Natural Resources is used in Forester jobs:
  • Used basic knowledge of natural resources to determine the above (20% of time).
  • Worked with the Reforestation Monitoring program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
  • Conduct surveys on natural resources and processes.

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11. Utility Lines

high Demand
Here's how Utility Lines is used in Forester jobs:
  • Work with utility companies inspecting trees and brush along utility lines.
  • Conduct field inspections for right-of-way tree maintenance on utility lines.
  • Determine and treesand vines growing under utility lines, list and recommend for trimming.

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12. Boundary Lines

high Demand
Here's how Boundary Lines is used in Forester jobs:
  • Mark boundary lines as necessary.

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13. Tree Removal

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Here's how Tree Removal is used in Forester jobs:
  • Process tree removal forms for customer choice and for protection of facilities.
  • Discussed and negotiated access issues such as tree removals with the public.
  • Audit tree removal/trim work and manage contract tree trimming and logging crews.
  • Followed ANSI A300 specs and all city tree removal guidelines.
  • Speak with home owners to get permission for tree removal.
  • Conduct beautification, tree removal and brush cutting.
  • negotiate tree trimming and tree removal from customer properties

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14. Invasive Species

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Here's how Invasive Species is used in Forester jobs:
  • Tree identification including most California native and invasive species common throughout all of California.
  • Tree and invasive species identification.

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15. Customer Service

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Here's how Customer Service is used in Forester jobs:
  • Responded to customer service calls including complaints and work refusal.
  • Resolved customer service issues and served as a liaison for homeowners and land agencies.

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16. Data Collection

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Here's how Data Collection is used in Forester jobs:
  • Oversee operational research, review plans, supervise study installations and biomass data collections with current vegetation sampling protocols.
  • Experienced with a variety of field data collection devices and inventory field equipment.
  • Experience working with data collection devices and GIS software.
  • Trained in US Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis urban field data collection procedures.

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17. Growth Rates

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Here's how Growth Rates is used in Forester jobs:
  • Assess vegetation to avoid conflict with overhead conductors and wires based on species, age and growth rates of vegetation.
  • Determined required pruning or removal based on clearance, species, growth rates and overall health of vegetation.
  • Tree clearances are prescribed individually based on tree identification and annual growth rates.
  • Identify tree species, estimated growth rates, and identify potential hazards.
  • Work in remote areas with knowledge of tree species and growth rates.
  • Used knowledge of tree identification, growth rates, and environmental conditions to predict clearances from powerlines.

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18. Transmission Lines

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Here's how Transmission Lines is used in Forester jobs:
  • Patrol distribution and transmission lines for Empire Electric in order to maintain the vegetation along them.
  • Performed unit planning activities as well as auditing duties along distribution and sub-transmission lines.
  • Assessed right-of-ways for hazard trees to prevent outages on major transmission lines.
  • Inspected trees around transmission lines to maintain minimum vegetative compliance distance.
  • Worked independently addressing trees growing along distribution and transmission lines under contract with Allegheny Power Company in Parkersburg, WV.
  • Perform quality audits on transmission lines and report findings or concerns to client.
  • Plan hazard and grow-in line clearance work on Transmission Lines .
  • Preplanned vegetation work along distribution lines and inspected 345 kV transmission lines Facilitated interactions with private land-owners to ensure appropriate access

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19. Inspection Results

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Here's how Inspection Results is used in Forester jobs:
  • Submit inspection results to clients with recommendations.

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20. Tree Identification

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Here's how Tree Identification is used in Forester jobs:
  • Identify better hazard tree identification tools to increase reliability.
  • Tree identification, measuring, labeling.

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21. Utility Right-of-Ways

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Here's how Utility Right-of-Ways is used in Forester jobs:
  • Inspect utility right-of-ways and access to Right-of-Way (ROW) areas, for compliance with state clearance standards.

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22. Management Practices

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Here's how Management Practices is used in Forester jobs:
  • Perform aerial observation of logging operations to ensure Alabama's Best Management Practices for forestry are being utilized.
  • Conducted supplier verifications in accordance with Georgia Best Management Practices.

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23. Client Customers

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Here's how Client Customers is used in Forester jobs:
  • Serve as a liaison between clients, tree crews, and client customers.

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24. Timber Sale

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Here's how Timber Sale is used in Forester jobs:
  • Assist lead Forester with timber sale planning, timber sale layout, designate pole harvest area.
  • Served as Forest Service Contract Representative on an average of 14 Timber Sales per year.
  • Established, traversed, and tagged stream, wetland, and timber sale boundaries.
  • Mapped forest areas, estimated standing timber and future growth and managed timber sales.
  • Managed fire suppression and fuels management and timber sale layout on the Mt.
  • Project manager for setting up individual timber sales to generate revenue targets.
  • Marked boundaries of commercial timber sales and selected trees for harvest.
  • Learned how to correctly set up an MFL timber sale.
  • Set up and supervise timber sales on state land.
  • Acted as a crew leader in timber sale establishment.
  • Assisted with all aspects of timber sales.
  • Develop the timber sale preparation program.
  • Set up and administrate timber sales.
  • Mark and layout timber sales.
  • Developed and administered multiple timber sales of various silvicultural management prescriptions.
  • Managed the planning and monitoring of third party timber sales to ensure safety, environmental compliance and product merchandizing.
  • Market & oversee all aspects of multi component timber sales.

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25. ISA

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Here's how ISA is used in Forester jobs:
  • Conducted detailed timber inspections and appraisals for various state, federal agencies and prepared accurate unbiased reports for all forest clients.
  • Provide performance appraisals for in-house staff and quarterly reviews of contractor performance.
  • Completed risk assessments and prescribed mitigation according to ISA Standards.
  • Conduct timber appraisals for potential clients.
  • Supervised pre-timber sale lay out - including prescriptions, inventories and appraisals; coordinated interdisciplinary concerns.
  • Trained new and temporary ArborMetrics work planners * Conduct post-storm damage assessment for utility companies in response to natural disasters.
  • Developed and instructed Certified Arborists training courses to encourage tree care companies and city workers to obtain ISA certification.
  • Prepared timber sale appraisals and wrote Decision Notices and Environmental Accessments for Timber Plans.
  • Received ISA Arborist Certification on Dec.31, 2014.
  • Obtained ISA Arborist Certification while in this postion

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26. Aerial Photographs

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Here's how Aerial Photographs is used in Forester jobs:
  • Located existing as well as established new inventory plots using GPS and aerial photographs.
  • Used aerial photographs and topographical maps to locate plots.
  • Prepare topographic maps and aerial photographs for clients
  • Located plots with aerial photographs and maps.
  • Interpret aerial photographs and topographic maps.

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27. Oversaw

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Here's how Oversaw is used in Forester jobs:
  • Developed and oversaw stumpage and land owner assistance program.
  • Coordinated efforts with vendor, oversaw implementation, and led project to on-time completion.
  • Landscape and Completion Oversaw drilling and equipment installation for multimillion dollar oil wells.

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28. Distribution Lines

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Here's how Distribution Lines is used in Forester jobs:
  • Worked at Valley Fire (Lake County 2015) inspecting and marking out dead trees along Distribution Lines.
  • Manage the vegetation management operations for distribution lines serving customers in one of BGE's service territories.
  • Planned tree trimming and removal along power distribution lines.

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29. Company Vehicle

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Here's how Company Vehicle is used in Forester jobs:
  • Manage time and company vehicle.

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30. Beetle

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Here's how Beetle is used in Forester jobs:
  • Prevent spread of invasive pine beetle species via removal & processing of infected trees.
  • Represent the State Forester on the Asian Long Horned Beetle Management Board
  • Researched the needle Cast beetle's habit and life cycle.
  • Perform annual aerial survey for southern pine beetles.

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31. Site Preparation

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Here's how Site Preparation is used in Forester jobs:
  • Prepared annual harvest schedule, prescribed site preparation and reforestation activities, and monitored boundary line maintenance program.
  • Assisted in land management activities including tree planting, site preparation, prescribed burning, and road construction.
  • Provide supervision for logging, site preparation, and planting crews.
  • Developed and Executed Prescribed Burning Management Plans for site preparation, understory fuel reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, etc.
  • Conducted stocking surveys, Issued contract for seedling growing, shipping, storage and.supervised a company site preparation and planting crews.

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32. Utility Company

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Here's how Utility Company is used in Forester jobs:
  • Maintained relationships with diverse constituents and effectively mitigated conflicts between utility company and private homeowner or public sector representatives.
  • Acted as a liaison between the public, the utility company, and the contracted tree care company.
  • Served as public relations liaison for the utility company during field inspections.
  • Responded to customer inquiries and resolved grievances in conjunction with guidelines and public utility regulations of utility company.

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33. SFI

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Here's how SFI is used in Forester jobs:
  • Completed application and maintained records for AF&PA Sustainable Forestry Initiative through a SFI license.
  • Completed silviculture activities with no departures from the Oregon FPA and passed allcorporate and third-party SFI audits.
  • Implemented key stakeholder and media initiative promoting SFI practices.
  • Ensured compliance with company's Environmental Management System (EMS) and SFI guidelines.
  • Managed landowner survey program to meet SFI standards.

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34. Property Boundaries

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Here's how Property Boundaries is used in Forester jobs:
  • Cruised timber*Flagged clear-cut harvest units*GPS work on property boundaries
  • Verify property boundaries and notified property owners of required tree work near power lines.
  • Created, maintained, and edited shapefiles depicting property boundaries and management units.
  • Delineated property boundaries Worked as a contractor on pre-commercial thinning operations

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35. Contract Compliance

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Here's how Contract Compliance is used in Forester jobs:
  • Completed property inspections with landowners and contractors to ground-proof and document yearly forest management activities and ensure contract compliance.
  • Audited vegetation treatment contract compliance.
  • Conducted site visits to check logging crews and insure contract compliance.
  • Monitor timber sales for contract compliance.
  • Managed pruning, oversaw migrate workers to ensure contract compliance.Contracted and monitored boundary line maintenance.
  • Advertised forest developmentcontracts and administrated contracts to insure contract compliance.

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36. Government Agencies

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Here's how Government Agencies is used in Forester jobs:
  • Maintained relationship with several government agencies, logging contractors, and trucking contractors.
  • Operated effectively with Combatant/Component Commands, State Department, and foreign military/government agencies.
  • Purchased standing timber from private landowners and government agencies.

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37. Weather Conditions

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Here's how Weather Conditions is used in Forester jobs:
  • Read/interpreted electrical circuit maps, worked in rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions under ANSI safety standards.
  • Operated trucks & ATV s safely in all types of terrain & weather conditions.
  • Work was conducted by hiking and/or ATV-use on variable terrains in all weather conditions.
  • Worked under extreme weather conditions (below 25 degrees at times).
  • Worked outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Performed numerous project & assignments in the outdoors in all weather conditions working in supervisory, support & independent rolls.

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38. Technical Assistance

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Here's how Technical Assistance is used in Forester jobs:
  • Provided private landowners with forest management technical assistance including reforestation activities, timber management and wildlife management.
  • Provided individual technical assistance, and assisted the Division with community forestry management needs.
  • Provide technical assistance to local landowners.

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39. Property Lines

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Here's how Property Lines is used in Forester jobs:
  • Use compass, GPS and topographical maps to run clear and precise property lines.
  • Performed timber cruising, marked property lines, and prepared tree growth plans.
  • Located property lines and corners using basic surveying skills.
  • Prepared timber sales by locating property lines, marking timber, procuring access, and submitting all required county paperwork.

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40. Public Agencies

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Here's how Public Agencies is used in Forester jobs:
  • Sole proprietor of consulting forestry business providing a variety of natural resource management services to private landowners and public agencies.
  • Appraised and purchased tracts from public agencies and private landowners.
  • Obtain necessary permits from public agencies.

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41. Nepa

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Here's how Nepa is used in Forester jobs:
  • Reviewed and analyzed past NEPA documents and administrative records in order to advise management on strategic management action plans.
  • Served as NEPA coordinator/interdisciplinary team leader for silviculturally related projects.
  • Developed proposal for NEPA analysis.

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42. BMP

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Here's how BMP is used in Forester jobs:
  • Conducted inspections on logging activities to insure safety, product separation, and BMP compliance.
  • Assessed condition of 297 miles of forest road and completed measures to meet or exceed BMP standards for water quality.
  • Supported MN best management practices, and assisted in annual BMP training.

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43. Timber Harvests

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Here's how Timber Harvests is used in Forester jobs:
  • Managed company held land and timber harvests, as well as bought and sold land for said purpose.
  • Lead sales efforts with potential clients, and supervised timber harvests.

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44. Hand-Held Computer

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Here's how Hand-Held Computer is used in Forester jobs:
  • Identify needed tree and brush control work and document work using hand-held computer.
  • Document work using hand-held computer and provide info to line clearance crews.
  • Document all work using hand-held computer.
  • Document work using hand-held computer; Assess terrain, Habitat, and Environmental conditions, Creation of IVM projects.

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45. Educational Programs

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Here's how Educational Programs is used in Forester jobs:
  • Instructed environmental educational programs to enhance environmental appreciation.
  • Coordinate educational programs for schools, landowners and special interest groups.
  • Provided educational programs and information to crews to teach about forestry projects, techniques, and the value of naturalresource programs.

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20 Most Common Skill for a Forester

Timber Sale Contracts19.1%
Forests10.7%
GIS8.8%
Vegetation Management7.1%
GPS6.6%
Tree Clearance Crews5.9%
PG4.5%
Management Plan4.2%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Forester

RankSkillPercentage of ResumesPercentage
1
1
Timber Sale Contracts
Timber Sale Contracts
15%
15%
2
2
Forests
Forests
8.4%
8.4%
3
3
GIS
GIS
6.9%
6.9%
4
4
Vegetation Management
Vegetation Management
5.6%
5.6%
5
5
GPS
GPS
5.2%
5.2%
6
6
Tree Clearance Crews
Tree Clearance Crews
4.7%
4.7%
7
7
PG
PG
3.5%
3.5%
8
8
Management Plan
Management Plan
3.3%
3.3%
9
9
Private Lands
Private Lands
3.2%
3.2%
10
10
Natural Resources
Natural Resources
2.9%
2.9%
11
11
Utility Lines
Utility Lines
2.8%
2.8%
12
12
Boundary Lines
Boundary Lines
2.5%
2.5%
13
13
Tree Removal
Tree Removal
2.3%
2.3%
14
14
Invasive Species
Invasive Species
2.3%
2.3%
15
15
Customer Service
Customer Service
2.1%
2.1%
16
16
Data Collection
Data Collection
2%
2%
17
17
Growth Rates
Growth Rates
1.6%
1.6%
18
18
Transmission Lines
Transmission Lines
1.5%
1.5%
19
19
Inspection Results
Inspection Results
1.4%
1.4%
20
20
Tree Identification
Tree Identification
1.4%
1.4%
21
21
Utility Right-of-Ways
Utility Right-of-Ways
1.4%
1.4%
22
22
Management Practices
Management Practices
1.3%
1.3%
23
23
Client Customers
Client Customers
1.2%
1.2%
24
24
Timber Sale
Timber Sale
1.2%
1.2%
25
25
ISA
ISA
1.1%
1.1%
26
26
Aerial Photographs
Aerial Photographs
1%
1%
27
27
Oversaw
Oversaw
0.9%
0.9%
28
28
Distribution Lines
Distribution Lines
0.9%
0.9%
29
29
Company Vehicle
Company Vehicle
0.9%
0.9%
30
30
Beetle
Beetle
0.9%
0.9%
31
31
Site Preparation
Site Preparation
0.9%
0.9%
32
32
Utility Company
Utility Company
0.9%
0.9%
33
33
SFI
SFI
0.8%
0.8%
34
34
Property Boundaries
Property Boundaries
0.8%
0.8%
35
35
Contract Compliance
Contract Compliance
0.8%
0.8%
36
36
Government Agencies
Government Agencies
0.8%
0.8%
37
37
Weather Conditions
Weather Conditions
0.8%
0.8%
38
38
Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance
0.7%
0.7%
39
39
Property Lines
Property Lines
0.6%
0.6%
40
40
Public Agencies
Public Agencies
0.6%
0.6%
41
41
Nepa
Nepa
0.6%
0.6%
42
42
BMP
BMP
0.6%
0.6%
43
43
Timber Harvests
Timber Harvests
0.6%
0.6%
44
44
Hand-Held Computer
Hand-Held Computer
0.5%
0.5%
45
45
Educational Programs
Educational Programs
0.5%
0.5%

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