Careers: Forester


This job is right for you if….

You have a passion for land management, conservation, and rehabilitation and are interested in work-like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

Man working in deforested area of the forest. Forest ranger carrying bags of new seedlings and shovel.

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.  

What They Do:

Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber’s worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Basic Skills:

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work-related information

People & Technology Systems;

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Independence

Median Hourly Earnings:


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. 

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