Silviculturists who are sometimes called “forester silviculturists” “forestry professionals” or “natural resource professionals” work to shape policies for managing maintaining and conserving sustainable forests. They develop procedures and plan projects that will ensure trees will remain healthy and disease-free. According to the website silviculturists study the rate at which trees grow and how factors such as fires and animals may affect whether various species of trees germinate. They also determine whether trees are in need of pruning and they develop systems for labeling and identifying trees to keep track of their growth and evaluate when pruning may be beneficial. They may work for tree nurseries that cultivate new trees that will replace old ones that die. In short their expertise is in planning and monitoring forests to insure their continued viability over a long period of time. Silviculturists often work outdoors driving to remote sites and then walking through thick forests to examine the state of the trees and plan projects that will ensure that the tree stands remain a valuable commodity. The website says that the credentials for becoming a silviculturist include a bachelor’s degree in forestry as well as experience in managing forests. Silviculturist positions are greatly coveted and those who aspire to this profession often spend time as entry-level technicians or lower level technician supervisors either during or after they earn a college degree in forestry. Silviculturists work for landowners private companies or for the government. According to the website earnings by silviculturists vary widely depending on level of experience and location as well as type of employer for whom they work but the average annual salary is approximately $52000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $52000
High Salary: $62000
Low Salary: $42000
Tasks: Conducts research on forests.
Measures and indentifies forest trees.
Visits forests to assess their condition.
Controls the growth and harvest of a forested area.
Also Called: Forestry Professional
Natural Resource Professional
Forest Silviculturist
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