Forestry Career Resources

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CAL FIRE: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is California’s fire department and resource management agency. The organization is comprised of nearly 8,000 permanent and seasonal employees. The mission of the Department is to serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

California Conservation Corps: Corpsmembers participate in a wide variety of project work, including Forest Health projects, and enroll directly in the CCC Energy Corps. Corpsmembers can also apply to partnered programs working in the backcountry, improving endangered fish habitat, and more!

CSU Chico North State Planning and Development Collective: The Collective supports the educational mission of California State University, Chico through a variety of administrative and project management services. Our expertise is available to campus staff and across the North State.

DroneCamp: DroneCamp is a short course on using drones for mapping and data collection.

Monterey Bay Drones, Automation, Robotics, Technology (DART): The Monterey Bay Drone, Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) initiative brings together industry, government, academia, and practitioners in these industry clusters and provides a regional coordination and advancement forum.

The Forest Foundation: The Forest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to educate all Californians about the benefits of sustainable forestry. Their mission is to foster public understanding of forest ecosystems in California by providing balanced, science-based information on environmental, economic, and societal uses of forest resources for present and succeeding generations.

UC Santa Cruz CITRIS: The Center of Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society or CITRIS for short, is a multi-campus initiative focused on research and emerging technologies. Their Initiative for Drone Education and Research (CIDER) is working to create a drone education and research program aimed at educating students on the design, development, and application of drones, with an emphasis on targeting students traditionally underrepresented in STEM, to help create pathways for entry into the drone industry and application of drones.

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Job Descriptions and Similar Careers

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
Assist electromechanical engineers in such activities as computer-based process control, instrumentation, or machine design. May prepare layouts of machinery or equipment, plan the flow of work, conduct statistical studies, or analyze production costs. 

Electro-Mechanical Technicians / Drone Pilot
Operate, test, maintain or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

Forest Conservation Workers
Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Forest and Conservation Technicians
Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention, and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.

Geographic Information Systems Technicians
Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

Logging Equipment Operators / Forest Thinning
Drive logging tractor or wheeled vehicle equipped with one or more accessories such as bulldozer blade, frontal shear, grapple, logging arch, cable winches, hoisting rack, or crane boom, to fell tree; to skid, load, unload, or stack logs; or to pull stumps or clear brush.

Mapping Technicians
Calculate mapmaking information from field notes, and draw and verify accuracy of topographical maps.

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics / Forestry Heavy Equipment
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists
Apply remote sensing principles and methods to analyze data and solve problems in areas such as natural resource management, urban planning, or homeland security. May develop new sensor systems, analytical techniques, or new applications for existing systems. 

Remote Sensing Technicians
Apply remote sensing technologies to assist scientists in areas such as natural resources, urban planning, or homeland security. May prepare flight plans or sensor configurations for flight trips.

Foresters rely on the expertise of many other forest-related professionals to get their job done. Forestry offers both skilled and professional careers. Here are just a few of the careers that can get you working in the woods:

Agriculture Teacher
Certified Grader
Computer Programmer
Fisheries Biologist
Fire Technician
Forestry Fire Pilot

Forest Technician
GIS Technician
GIS Specialist
Heavy Equipment Operator
International Forester
Land-Use Planner
Licensed Timber Operator and Manager
Maintenance Mechanic
Nursery Specialist

Natural Resource Teacher
Policy Advocate
Park Administrator
Park Ranger
Restoration Forester
Registered Professional Forester
Recreation Manager
Sawmill Worker
Urban Forester
Wildlife Biologist