Profession forestry technician

Forestry technicians perform technical and supervisory functions in support of forestry research and forest management, harvesting, resource conservation and environmental protection.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

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  • Forest ecology

    The ecosystems existing in a forest, starting from bacteria to trees and soil types.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Fire-fighting systems

    The devices and systems used to extinguish fires; the classes and chemistry of fire.

  • Logging

    The process of felling, cutting trees and transforming them into timber, including mechanical felling and processing.


  • Vegetation control

    Spray vegetation by the sides of roads to control its encroachment on forest roads.

  • Coordinate timber sales

    Efficiently coordinate timber selling in a profitable way. Assist companies in reaching timber production goals by managing timber sales. Takes lead role in timber sale layout and road location activities including clearing and posting timber sale boundaries, cruising timber to determine volumes and grade and marking trees to be removed in commercial thinning operations.

  • Monitor work site

    Regularly ensure that working conditions on site meet health and safety requirements; ensure that the proposed work will not pose a threat to the physical integrity of others.

  • Supervise forestry workers

    Supervise and coordinate the staff that works in the forestry areas.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Conduct reforestation surveys

    Survey tree stands with a focus on reforestation. Use established sampling methods to determine seedling survival and distribution. Identify disease and damage done by animals. Prepare and submit notifications, written plans and budgets for reforestation.

  • Plant green plants

    Plant seeds manually or by using ground equipment.

  • Apply forest legislation

    Ability to efficiently apply forest legislation and principles.

  • Manage forest fires

    Protect life, property and resources by preventing forest fires. Detect, control, restrict and suppress fires when they occur. Integrate knowledge of fire regimes, the effects of fire and the values at risk, the required level of forest protection, and costs of fire-related activities.

  • Maintain forest roads

    Patrol and inspect forest roads. Check if more gravel is needed and keep an eye on issues like culverts, drainage, slides, fallen trees and washouts. Make arrangements for repairs and maintenance.

  • Apply prescribed herbicides

    Carry out, under supervision and as authorised, the spraying of prescribed herbicides in accordance with training and skills acquired, using manufacturers’ application rates, in accordance with materials safety data sheets and any formal procedure and practice in place, and for which clearance has been issued.

  • Provide first aid

    Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.

  • Operate forestry equipment

    Operate various forest instruments such as skidders, bulldozers to pull scarification or site preparation equipment over forest areas to be regenerated.

  • Perform tree thinning

    Removing some trees from a stand in order to improve tree health, timber value and production.

  • Maintain forestry equipment

    Check forestry equipment to make sure that it is in working order.

  • Monitor logging operations

    Ensure that logging operation follow the contractually agreed terms and specified procedures. Strive to solve any problems that arise during the operation. Improve on existing methods and ensure compliance with safety, company, and government regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

report pollution incidents use different communication channels monitor drivers work in a forestry team advise contractors advise client on technical possibilities read maps advise on tree issues monitor equipment advise on timber harvest advise supervisors monitor forest productivity monitor workload lead a team in forestry services operate gps systems

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