Forestry Engineer

Create forest structures and roads to aid logging operations.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Forestry Engineers do?

Trees drop their seeds on the ground, and new trees spring up and begin to grow. It’s a fact of forest life, though it doesn’t happen in an orderly fashion. Forestry Engineers create order in a chaotic forest by designing structures and pathways that Loggers can use as they harvest trees.

When you’re a Forestry Engineer, studying maps of the forest helps you plan. You look for flat areas that can be used for unloading equipment and loading logs. Then, you look for natural paths that can be widened into logging roads. As a Forestry Engineer, you’re also responsible for determining where trailers or buildings should be placed if your company will be spending months or years on the site.

Once you’ve studied the map, you head to the site yourself. Maps can sometimes be inaccurate, and you don’t want to be caught with poor information. As you walk through the site, you take soil samples to determine how strong the soil structure is and how apt it is to slide away during a long period of logging.

Using your computer and sophisticated drawing programs, you create realistic drawings of the site, outlining where all of the roads and structures will be placed. When work begins, you supervise the crew periodically to make sure your orders are followed.

Taking logs out of a forest can cause damage to rivers and streams, and that can get your company into trouble with environmental activists and their Lawyers. So you develop protocols that describe how water should be protected, and create systems that Loggers can use on the job to keep bodies of water safe.

Should I be a Forestry Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Forest Engineer

    How to become a Forestry Engineer

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