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Finding employment in forestry disciplines takes diligence and dedication. A significant amount of the USA forests are in public lands, particularly in the western states. Consequently many employment openings are with state and federal natural resource agencies. There is seasonal work in wildland fire, and fulltime opportunities in resource agencies, private lands management, urban and utility forestry. Private companies need foresters, too.

Good training is importnat, too. California has a number of Fire Science Degree Programs. Nearly ten percent of all firefighters in the country work in California. If you want to fight fire in California, get trained in California.

Forestry (as well as wildland fire fighting) can also be tremendous occupational choices for military veterans. Forestry, particularly field forestry, is a good fit for active individuals who can work independently without supervision. Our national forests, parks and state lands need good people who care about the land as a national trust for future generations. California is one state wooing Veterans for thoer forestry and fire protection occupations.

Many of the state forestry web sites have substantial information on landowner programs, stewardship, specific state forestry issues, geographic data and much more. These webs are not only good resources for job seekers, but good information repositories for later use on the job. Take advantage of all the free information!

Forestry provides a significant amount of work at both the 'blue collar' and professional levels. The most time spent outdoors is usually in the technician level which generally does not require a four year college degree. Jobs involving trail work construction, tree planting, forest management, logging, stream and wildlife surveys are often done by people with basic practical skills.

Forest management planning, accomplishing regulatory requirements for watershed projects, professional forestry require four years or more of college. Both the federal government and every state needs professional foresters. However, entry level positions are often quite scarce, even with a good degree. Consequently developing a network of contacts and involving yourself in volunteer forestry field projects can provide you with leads to fulltime work within forestry. It's a small professional world so contacts count.

These links should all be up-to-date but state agency webs seem to move urls a lot. If you can't find a particular link, check the main site for that particular state using any search engine.

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STATE FORESTRY

Check out the Government category for additional links to related occupations within state jobs sites. The links below lead to most state forestry and natural resource departments. Many will show employment opportunities. Others will not and you'll have to find that state's civil service job site to find the opportunities. I encourage you to view several state sites. It is illuminating to see the differences between each state in how they view the importance forestry and natural resources.

WILDLAND FIRE JOBS

Fighting wildland fire is not for the faint of heart. It is a difficult, demanding occupation that gets harder each year. Every new fire season men and women face difficulty and danger to save lives, homes, trees, watersheds and the hearts of the nation. Thank you.

Wildland Firefighter Foundation
This is not a jobs site. Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. Take a moment to thank a wildland firefighter today.
 
So You Want To Be A Firefighter?
This older article still provides a glimpse into what makes a good firefighter candidate.
 
Fire Science Degrees
California needs a robust and diverse network of firefighters, fire investigators, fire inspectors and first responders.
 
Fire Science Online
Fire science education and training resources.
 
NIFC
Detailed information about wildland firefighting is available from the National Interagency Fire Center. Also see their employment section (bottom of page)
 
DOI Fire JObs
Department of the Interior opportunities in wildland firefighting.
 
USFS Fire and Aviation
No job listings, but a lot of very important information if you are considering a USFS career in fire fighting.
 
Fire Rescue 1
Check out employment opportunities in wildland firefighting and fire departments.
 
International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services
Full of information about topics relevant to fire service women, including job links.
 
US Fish and Wildlife - Wildland Firefighters
Covers basic duties, requirements and application procedures.
 

UTILITY and URBAN FORESTRY

Utility forestry and urban forestry can provide a good career path for foresters. Utility companies often have high staff turnover rates, so don't be surprised if you have to look for another job with a different company within a couple of years. But, for some it will be a lifelong career choice. Arborist certification and training can be an asset. Don't overlook opportunities within your local county government, too.

DAVEY
A utility, urban and municipal forestry/tree care company. Career info is at the bottom of the web page. They have operations in CA and BC and more in the eastern USA. See their map. Search for jobs and internships. Plus there is extensive online educational information.
 
ACRT Career Opportunities
A utility, urban and municipal forestry/tree care company, Arborists too! Professional and tech positions. A Reservoir of Contact Information on Jobs Available throughout the United States for Commercial/Residential and Line Clearance Tree Trimmers.
 
ASPLUNDH
Asplundh states they are the world's leading vegetation management company, with over 28,000 employees serving utilities and municipalities in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
 
Utility Arborist Association
Current Utility Forestry jobs across the nation.
 
Utility Forestry Jobs
Current Utility Forestry jobs across the nation.
 
TreeCareJobs.Com
A niche jobs board for tree professionals predominately listing jobs in arborist occupations, urban forestry, utility forestry and similar tree care fields.
 

PRIVATE SECTOR FORESTRY

Finding a job in private forestry is a lot like hunting owls. You'll have to do a lot of searching, alot of looking and keep a keen ear and eye out for prospective openings. You'll probably have to move to where the job exists unless you are incredibly lucky. Here's a selected group of potential employers. This is not an exhaustive list, just a sample.
Society of American Foresters
SAF is a national forestry organization, with chapters in most states and a classifieds-type job section. Chapters often have their own webs and post jobs for members, so check your state out, too.
 
ForestryUSA.Com
This has a comprehensive listing of the major forestry business in the USA. Most industry employers will post employment opportunities on their web sites. There is also a short list of employment opportunities.
 
Superior Forestry
A forest labor contracting service for eastern, midwestern and southern USA, Superior Forestry has openings for forestry laborers throughout the year. You'll have to contact them by email as they don't seem to post employment or job announcements.
 
Western Wood Products Association
List of member web sites (mostly timber companies), many of which have employment departments at their web sites. It's an indirect route to a possible job.
 
Alpine Land Services
Forest planning and information management services to the forest industry with offices in Shasta County, California.
 
Atterbury Consultants
Timber cruising, appraisals, training seminars, timber sale planning, consulting services with offices in Oregon and Washington.
 
Bennet Lumber Products
Available job openings are posted at the Moscow [Idaho] Job Service and at the Lewiston [Idaho] Job Service. In addition, the Nez Perce TERO office as well as the Coeur d'Alene TERO office are notified of all job openings.
 
Boise Cascade Corp.
Boise provides rewarding jobs for thousands of employees in an environment that values teamwork and personal involvement.
 
Sierra Pacific Industries
Job opportunities from time to time.
 
Campbell Group
Timber management and land acquisition. Job opportunities from time to time.
 
Georgia-Pacific
You can search opportunities by job function, geographic location and/or keyword(s). They recruit experienced professionals as well as college co-ops, interns and entry level.
 
Mason, Bruce & Gerard
MB&G has been providing natural resource consulting services to industry and government for over 75 years with offices in Portland OR, and Redding, CA.
 
Pope Resources
Pope Resources has a heritage as a land and timber owner in the Pacific Northwest that goes back for over 150 years.
 
Weyerhaeuser
Check out the current job postings.
 

CANADIAN FORESTRY

Canadian Forestry
Professional positions in Canada. According to their site information, this service is open only to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants in Canada, or to those would otherwise qualify to work in Canada.
 
British Columbia Professional Foresters
A short list of employment opportunities for professional foresters and associated areas of expertise.
 
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