Forestry technologists and technicians may work independently or perform technical and supervisory functions in support of forestry research, forest management, forest harvesting, forest resource conservation and environmental protection. They are employed by the forest industry sector, provincial and federal governments, consulting firms, and other industries and institutions, or they may be self-employed.
- Supervises forest inventory surveys and field measurements;
- Prepares forest management and harvest plans using photogrammetric mapping techniques and computerized information systems;
- Implements silviculture programs including site preparations, planting, and tending tree crops;
- Coordinates activities such as timber scaling, forest fire suppression, disease and insect control, or pre-commercial thinning of forest stands;
- Supervises technical function in forest harvesting operations;
- Monitors activities of logging companies to ensure adherence to regulations related to environmental protection, fire safety and accident prevention;
- Provides education and advice to individual landowners and organizations with respect to forest management and protection;
- Maintains database of local area forest and forestry statistics;
- Oversees tree nursery operations;
- Provides technical support on forestry research projects.
Three-year college program in forestry or renewable resource technology