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.
- Area Forester
- Chief Unit Forester
- Environmental Protection Forester
- Extension Forester
- Fire Prevention Forester
- Forest Ecologist
- Forest Examiner
- Forest Manager
- Forest Pathologist
- Develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees.
- Develop new techniques for wood or residue use.
- Study different tree species' classification, life history, light and soil requirements, adaptation to new environmental conditions and resistance to disease and insects.
- Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, firefighters, government agencies or to companies.
- Contact local forest owners and gain permission to take inventory of the type, amount, and location of all standing timber on the property.
- 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.
- Monitor wildlife populations and assess the impacts of forest operations on population and habitats.
- Plan cutting programs and manage timber sales from harvested areas, assisting companies to achieve production goals.
- Subcontract with loggers or pulpwood cutters for tree removal and to aid in road layout.
- Procure timber from private landowners.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIE.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Enterprising environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.
- Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
In 2012, the average annual wage in Washington was $56,660 with most people making between $43,850 and $72,740
During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 810 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 820 employed in 2018.
This occupation will have about 1 openings due to growth and about 9 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.
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onetFish and Game Wardens
collegeCosumnes River College
majorWildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
onetZoologists and Wildlife Biologists
collegeCalifornia Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
majorNatural Resources/Conservation, General
collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
collegeHumboldt State University