Career Fact Sheets
There are many paths and amazing destinations to discover in the forest and conservation sector. Which one of these careers will inspire you?
Urban foresters care for city trees by managing the planting, pruning, and removal of any trees located on public land including streets, greenways, parks, and city property. Additionally, they are often the tree advocates for the city, and lobby for the importance of trees in the community. They do so by working with city staff members and various stakeholders to ensure that the correct resources are distributed to improve the health of the urban forest. Many cities today are trying…
Consultation coordinators advocate for Indigenous communities. They are a community’s main point of contact for outside groups. They review reports and help to negotiate agreements, such as when working with forestry companies to develop forest management plans and business opportunities. Consultation coordinators ensure Indigenous rights are respected. They also help to ensure that Traditional Indigenous Knowledge is properly collected and used. Consultation coordinators also organize opportunities for others to engage with the community.
Environmental educators love helping people understand nature and their relationship to it. They speak and write well and are good at getting their messages across. They provide facts, answer questions, and lead interactive activities, like games, field trips, hikes, and workshops. Environmental educators often make presentations outdoors. Forests and camps are their classrooms. They also spend time doing research to make sure their content is factual and relevant.
Every day, foresters across Canada lace up their boots, put on their high-visibility vests; and venture out into the wild. They gather information, predict and identify problems, and come up with solutions to help manage forests sustainably. Some may even consider them caretakers of the forest. They balance ecological, social, and economic values. They also create detailed plans to harvest, regenerate, and monitor the health of forests. In this way, they ensure that important wildlife habitats and cultural areas are…
Forestry technicians gather information about forests and monitor how forest resources are used. They also do many other things. At any given time, they might be working on a conservation project, supervising a tree nursery, or helping to coordinate fire suppression efforts. A forestry technician is part of a forest management team. They work under the direction of a forester.
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