Government Forester

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

Career Overview

Government foresters are employed by state and federal governments to manage forests on public lands such as national forests, state parks, military bases, and other agency lands throughout the U.S. They typically work alongside other natural resource professionals to protect and preserve state and federal resources such as water, wildlife, recreation, and tourism. Government foresters follow management guidelines that are dictated by the agencies who employ them. Their focus is usually on conservation rather than economic considerations.

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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