2223- Forestry technologists and technicians

Canada NOC: 
Job Title: 

Forestry technologists and technicians

Job Description: 

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.

Main Duties: 

Forestry technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

Conduct, supervise and participate in forest inventory cruises, surveys and field measurements following accepted scientific and operational procedures
Assist and perform technical functions in the preparation of forest management and harvest plans using photogrammetric and mapping techniques and computerized information systems
Assist in planning and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads
Implement, supervise and perform technical functions in silvicultural operations involving site preparation, planting, and tending of tree crops
Co-ordinate activities such as timber scaling, forest fire suppression, disease or insect control or pre-commercial thinning of forest stands
Supervise and perform technical functions in forest harvesting operations
Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors and enforce regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention
Provide forestry education, advice and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations and the general public
Develop and maintain computer databases
Supervise forest tree nursery operations
Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.

Employment Requirements: 

Completion of a one- to three-year college program in forestry technology or in a renewable resource program or forest ranger program is usually required.
Registration with a regulatory body is required for forestry technologists or technicians in all provinces except Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.
Certification or licensing as a scaler is required for some positions.
In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title "Professional Technologist."

Additional Inormation: 

Mobility may be possible to occupations in natural resource and wildlife management and in parks management.

Classified Elsewhere: 

Biological technologists and technicians (2221)
Conservation and fishery officers (2224)
Foresters and forest engineers (in 2122 Forestry professionals)
Supervisors, logging and forestry (8211)

Source Of Info: 

National Occupation Classification, (2011)

Statistics Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada,

February 2012,

Catalogue no. 12-583-X