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Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.


  • About 68 percent of conservation scientists and foresters work for Federal, State, or local governments.
  • Most jobs require a bachelor's degree; research and teaching positions usually require a graduate degree.
  • Foresters and conservation scientists should enjoy working outdoors, be able to tolerate extensive walking and other types of physical exertion, and be willing to relocate to find work.
  • In addition to job openings from growth, many openings are expected as today's conservation scientists and foresters retire.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $55,190/yr ($27.60/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education Bachelors