Consulting Forester

A consulting forester career could be for you if…
Your skills include monitoring, reading comprehension, judgement and decision making.
Your interests can be described as realistic, investigative and enterprising.
Your values include working conditions, independence and achievement.

Career Overview

Consulting foresters specialize in the management of individual privately-owned forestland properties. They use their broad expertise to design and implement forest management plans that are tailored to meet the landowner’s objectives, which may include evaluation of timber, wildlife habitat, soil conditions, water quality, property lines, roads (existing and potential construction), and recreational opportunities. They must be skilled at evaluating the current condition of the forest and be able to explain and implement practices that will achieve the landowner’s desired outcomes. They represent and advise the landowner in conducting timber sales, as well implementation of prescribed fires, site preparation, tree planting, and various other land management activities.

Other job titles include: area forester, environmental protection forester, fire prevention forester, forest practices field coordinator, forester, regional forester, resource forester, silviculturist, unit forester, urban forester.

Education and Training

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree. A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge & experience is needed.


National Average Annual Salary
$45,260.00 - $97,460.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$21.76 - $46.86
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