Foresters study the effects of harvesting, the environment, pests, and diseases in regard to the health and growth of trees. Their job is to help maintain, develop, and protect forests. They manage the quality of forests, preserves, parks, and other natural resources to make the best use of their environmental, commercial, and recreational benefits.

Duties and tasks

  • Create plans regarding major forest dangers, such as diseases, pests, and wildfires
  • Create plans to regenerate forested lands
  • Inspect, monitor, and manage harvested areas to ensure they are available for future use
  • Monitor activities such as harvesting and conservation and ensure governmental regulation compliance
  • Plan efficient methods to harvest and remove timber while minimising environmental damage
  • Study trees and the effects of environmental factors, pests, and diseases

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Attention to detail
  • Fit and able to perform physical and repetitive tasks
  • Knowledge of Plant Care
  • Listen and take directions

Working conditions

Foresters generally work in laboratories, offices, and in the outdoors. Their field work may be in remote locations and they may be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions. Because of the nature of their work, they must be able to perform physical tasks such as walking long distances. They sometimes conduct fire suppression activities, so safety procedures must be followed to reduce health risks. Foresters work full time, though emergencies may require them to work long hours.

Professional associations / Industry information

Institute of Foresters of Australia 

National Association of Forest Industries

Related jobs and job titles

  • Botanist
  • Forest Technical Officer
  • Forest Worker
  • Forestry Adviser
  • Forestry Consultant
  • Harvest Planner
  • Life Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Timber and Wood Production Worker