Forestry technicians are skilled people experienced in technical tasks that don’t usually require heavy equipment, tools or hard physical labour. Instead, their main work requires applied knowledge and skills in data recording. Working as a forestry technician means you’re comfortable using a range of instruments to do things like taking measurements, surveying land, and inspecting and monitoring job sites. There are many different kinds of forestry technicians. Most of their work happens 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 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.
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|Process Engineering Co-op Student|
Quesnel, British Columbia
Forestry technicians often require skills to be tailored on the job. 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.
|Université de Saint-Boniface|
|Northwest Community College|
|Cégep de Sorel-Tracy|
The requirements listed are generally required qualifications for this Career Type. The qualifications may vary based on the employer and/or the geographic location of that job.
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