Forestry provides many different career avenues and can include employment with large forest companies, logging and reforestation contractors, modelling and programming consultants, government, academics, and trades. Approximately 40,000 Albertans are employed in forestry-related positions. Work Wild is an excellent resource for exploring traditional forestry career pathways.
Plan all forest activities while protecting water, wildlife, soils, and other values
Develop and oversee the implementation of policies that are consistent with society’s goals for wildlands and forests, and that land values be sustained after management
Develop and implement plans regarding the recovery of highly disturbed lands or linear disturbances related to industrial activities in forested or wildland areas
Assess or manage watersheds, landscapes, remote sensing, biodiversity and other specialized areas related to wildlands and forests
Assess and predict the value of the forests after management or change in policy, to ensure the value of investments or sustainability of social values.
Plan all of the forestry activities that link the harvest of the forest with the successful regeneration and control of the composition of the forest in order to ensure society’s values
Operate heavy equipment to safely harvest trees and move them efficiently to mills
Build maps, organize spatial data, and run models to ensure future values of forests and wildlands are assessed and predicted to ensure sustainability
Study the forest and find new ways to improve forestry’s efficiency and minimize negative impacts to the environment
Manage logging equipment and all the stages of harvest to ensure wood gets to mills safety, effectively, and without damage to the environment
Engage with indigenous groups and impacted Albertans to build better forestry practices for everyone on the provincial public land we share
Operate machinery with precision and skill to turn incoming logs into value-added finished products
Take responsibility for physically planting thousands of seedlings that will regrow cutblocks into the next generation’s forest