Land Management Forester

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

Career Overview

A land management forester is skilled in designing and implementing forest management plans for government or private forestland owners. Management foresters make decisions that affect every phase of tree growth, from seedling to timber harvest. They must be well-versed in silviculture (how different tree species thrive) and know which practices to use to meet their employer’s objectives for their property. These practices may include site preparation, tree planting, thinning and improvement cutting, prescribed fire, insect and disease control, and logging supervision. They have general knowledge of soils, hydrology, wildlife, and all of the environmental benefits that come from healthy sustainable forests. They must be good communicators with employees, contractors, other foresters, government officials and the public.

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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