Forestry Worker

Health, Safety and Environment

Research and Development


The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness

John Muir, Naturalist
Forestry Worker

In A Nutshell

As a forestry worker, I plant, care for, and manage trees or forests.

I am involved in the process of restoration, conservation, and managing timber harvest by following and monitoring a forest modelling plan.

I'm resonsible for data collection, developing contracts for tree planting, and communicating with other agriculture or forestry workers.


Potential Salary Range

$32,000 - $48,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Ontario ON
Quebec QC

A forestry worker could be working in an office one day and in a forest the next. When working outside, I'm very hands-on using specialized equipment to survey areas and collect data. Working in the office involves a lot of computer work and working with other companies to develop restoration efforts.


Indoor / Outdoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Read and use maps and surveying systems
  • Take measurements and do calculations with the data
  • Lead and communicate plans with fellow forestry workers
  • Explain data to managers and hiring companies
  • Create reforestation plans
  • Manage contracts with tree-planters

Education & Training

  • A Bachelor’s degree in forestry, forestry engineering, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, wildlife biology, horticulture, or conservation sciences.

Job Outlook

    The opportunities for a forestry worker in the next 5-10 years remain likely- trees as a resource remain in demand while conservation efforts increase. The forestry industry in Canada employed about 210,600 people in 2018, including an estimated 11,600 Indigenous employees (as of 2016 records)

Related School Subjects

69 Math
Practical Applied Arts
Social Studies

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Conservation Planting Trees Outside Forest Lumber

Important Skills


Some of the work I do is very hands on and labour intensive, so I stay in pretty good physical shape


Working with natural resources takes a lot of planning to make sure our forests are being managed in a way that keeps them healthy for years to come



I'm constantly talking to the other members of my teams, as well as the customers and managers I work with, so it's important to feel comfortable working with others

Analytical Thinking

Data and math are huge parts of working in forestry, and I spend a lot of my time analysing these data to make reforestation plans


The Best Things About This Job Are…

Work Changes Daily
Helps Others
Opportunity to travel