A Forestry Technician is responsible for conducting fieldwork related to the management of forest resources. This may include tasks such as tree planting, monitoring forest health, and performing timber stand improvement activities. Forestry Technicians typically work under the supervision of a Forest Ranger or other professional forester.

Forestry Technician Job Responsibilities

  • Maintain and repair forestry equipment
  • Operate forestry vehicles and machinery
  • Conduct forest inventory surveys
  • Collect data on tree growth, density, and health
  • Prepare maps of survey areas
  • Assist in the development of forest management plans
  • Implement Forest management activities such as thinning, prescribed burns, and reforestation


  • To manage and protect forested lands
  • To ensure the health and sustainability of forests
  • To develop and implement management plans for forestry projects
  • To oversee the construction and maintenance of forestry infrastructure
  • To monitor forest ecosystems for changes and disturbances
  • To conduct research on forest ecosystems and management practices
  • To educate the public on the importance of forests

Forestry Technician Job Skills & Qualifications Needed

  • A forestry technician typically needs a high school diploma or equivalent, although some jobs may require postsecondary education, and must complete onthe-job training. Some states have certification programs for forestry technicians.