Careers: Forester

Careers: Forester

This job is right for you if….

You have a passion for land management, conservation, and rehabilitation.

Fast Facts:

Maine has 65 species of trees and only 20 are primarily used for the use of lumber and paper-making. Foresters have extensive knowledge of trees that make up Maine’s forests.  

Median Hourly Earnings:


Occupational Group:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technical 

Job Types Include:

  • Forest Engineer  
  • Senior Forest Industrial Manager  
  • Forest Technicians 
  • Forest and Land-Use Planners

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Forester

Entry-Level Education 



Currently, there are four Forestry/Wood Harvesting programs in Maine, all offer Certified Logging Professional (CLP) apprenticeship certification to successful graduates. These programs accept high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Training lasts between one and three years depending on the individual school. 

Maine Community College System


Community Colleges offer programs that prospective foresters would enjoy. Degree and certificate programs that cover topics such as sustainability and conservation.

University of Maine- Forestry 


Professional Training 

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative


Offers certification of the SFI Program as well as ongoing training on sustainable practices.