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There are many jobs in the forest products industry in the forestry professionals category. It’s a diverse mix of jobs, but each one plays a role in forest operations management. Forestry professionals guide decisions and policies relating to forest land management. These roles are considered professional because they require specific educational qualifications combined with operational experience.
As a forestry professional, you may find yourself working with a wide range of people — landowners, purchasers, managers, technicians, contractors, and other professionals — to manage the forest in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. If you enjoy intellectually demanding work that also gets you outdoors, consider becoming a forestry professional. Some of your week could be spent walking over rough terrain and driving to remote forest job sites.
Forestry professionals usually have a college or university degree. In some cases, lots of experience and good job reviews can substitute for a college degree. Many people in this role start as entry-level technicians and crew, while learning the trade from experienced managers. A successful career as a forestry professional depends on combining job experience, education and dedication.
Heavy Equipment Operator
In the forest products industry, heavy equipment operators operate machines like articulated haul trucks, tractor-loader-backhoes, excavators, dozers, loaders and graders. Their duties may include assessing sites and terrain. You may also do material handling work — say, stacking lumber and getting it ready for shipping. Being a heavy equipment operator is a fast-paced, physically demanding job that requires attention to detail and good hand-eye co-ordination.
You could also find yourself driving heavy equipment to perform a combination of operations at logging areas, like harvesting sections of trees for processing in a sawmill. To do this, you would operate a $300,000-feller-buncher machine on a caterpillar track. Manipulating a powerful, but precise, arm with a saw lets heavy equipment operators practise selective, sustainable harvesting.