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Silviculturalists do a variety of jobs related to reforestation. They also help manage, improve and conserve forest lands. There are many different kinds of silviculturalists.
If you choose this career path, most of your work will be outdoors. You need to be fit enough to trek across rough, often steep, terrain. A typical day could see you working as part of team to fight forest fires. Or you could be tasked with marking timber to set up environmentally sustainable forest management harvesting operations. Road and trail construction is another key duty.
The job also offers a chance for advancement because you are exposed to so many different aspects of a forest company’s operation.
Silviculturalists often require skills to be tailored on the job. You will also get specialized training at different points in your career as you move up the ladder. You can increase your job choices if you finish a one- to three-year college program for forestry technologists, renewable resource managers or forest rangers.
Supervisor, Logging and Forestry
Logging and forestry supervisors lead teams of workers who harvest and plant trees and who perform all the supporting tasks associated with these operations. Physical fitness is a must for these supervisors, because they travel to job sites over uneven terrain in remote locations.
To become a supervisor, you will need technical training covering all of the activities your crew executes. This means everything from understanding the capabilities of heavy machinery to safety procedures for chain saws. Learning on the job and building your seniority is essential as well. As you gain experience, you may also act as a mentor and trainer to other staff. Your career track could see you move into senior managerial, training or sales positions.