Oregon State University

Forest Management

What is Forest Management?
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OSU Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management

What is Forest Management?

Forest Managers must understand natural resource systems and how to organize the management of forest resources for multiple uses and multiple values. Successful Forest Managers must be able communicate with the full spectrum of forest users and those who value forest resources. They must be able to propose management solutions that are compatible with the biological and ecological processes of the forest yet are sensitive to the cultural, social and economic forces that shape forest policies.

The core curriculum in Forest Management is a broad-based education, including basic courses in mathematics, statistics, biology and ecology, the physical and social sciences, professional courses in forest biology and ecology and forest management, and at least 6 months of work experience.

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Director of a Government Agency Recreation Manager
Ecologist Research Technician
Ecosystem Services Manager Researcher
Ecosystems Analyst Service Forester
Fire Control Manager Silviculturalist
Fire Prevention Manager Technical Writer
Forest Health Assessor Technician
Forest Ranger Timber Management & Regeneration Director
Forest Road & Trail Developer Watershed Protection Manager
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Fund Raiser Wood Product Buyer

Related Skills

Adaptability Knowledge of Plants & Resources
Communication Skills (Oral & Written) Management Abilities
Computation Skills Measuring & Monitoring Skills
Critical Thinking Skills Problem Solving Skills
Imaginative/Creative Time Management Skills

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

USDA Forest Service Jobs - Provides information on different jobs within the Forest Service.

Alaskan Observers  - recruits biologists year-round to work as Domestic Groundfish Observers in Alaska. Also recruit biologists to work as observers in Washington, California, and Oregon. In the business of helping the government obtain the data necessary to achieve a sound management plan for the protection and benefit of future fisheries resources in the Bering Sea, North Pacific, and on the West Coast. 

Conservation Job Board - a natural resource career website that lists the latest jobs in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, ecology and other fields related to natural resources.

American Fisheries Society - lists professional positions nationwide.

Cool Works - lists jobs in national parks, state parks, resorts, and amusement parks.

Cyber-Sierra - lists corporate, non-profit, and governmental jobs in the conservation and environmental fields. 

Environmental Jobs and Careers - lists professional positions in the environmental field.

GIS Jobs Clearinghouse - offers professional resources and job listings in geographic information systems.

SustainLane - Green Collar Jobs Board

Environmental Organization Web Directory & Employment

Environmental Jobs and Careers

Environmental Career Opportunities - Ecojobs


Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook -  the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Earth & Physical Sciences

Indian Affairs- Fish, Wildlife and Recreation - Educate yourself on what the Indian Affairs are all about and the different programs and careers they offer.

Fire and Aviation Management - Learn about the wide field of Fire and Aviation jobs available out there to you.

Reforestation Worker - This is an overview on what type of work a Reforestation Worker does.

National Forest Health Monitoring - Learn the facts about what health monitors of the forest do and how they do it.

Criminal Justice Careers - List of criminal justice career opportunities, with some connecting to forestry. Provides a full range of information about the careers including job requirements, salary infomation and school/training information.

National Registry of Environmental Professionals - provides resources, jobs, and links for environmental professionals.

Forestry Insights

Professional Association Links

American Forest and Paper Association - Provides essential information on what type of industry AF & PA is and the type of work its employees do.

Student Conservation Association - Seasonal work & internship opportunities are offered in all 50 states.

USDA Forest Service - provides resources, jobs, and information about careers in the Forest Service.

Environmental Careers Organization

Society of American Foresters

Global Association of Online Foresters

National Recreation and Park Association

National Association of State Foresters

Society for Range Foresters

Forest Products Society

Center for International Forestry Research

Miscellaneous Links

Forestry Links

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