NOC 2223 – Forestry technologists and technicians



Forestry technologists and technicians may work independently or perform technical and supervisory functions in support of forestry research, forest management, forest harvesting, forest resource conservation and environmental protection. They are employed by the forest industry sector, provincial and federal governments, consulting firms, and other industries and institutions, or they may be self-employed.

Mobility may be possible to occupations in natural resource and wildlife management and in parks management.

Main Duties

Forestry technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct, supervise and participate in forest inventory cruises, surveys and field measurements following accepted scientific and operational procedures
  • Assist and perform technical functions in the preparation of forest management and harvest plans using photogrammetric and mapping techniques and computerized information systems
  • Assist in planning and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads
  • Implement, supervise and perform technical functions in silvicultural operations involving site preparation, planting, and tending of tree crops
  • Co-ordinate activities such as timber scaling, forest fire suppression, disease or insect control or pre-commercial thinning of forest stands
  • Supervise and perform technical functions in forest harvesting operations
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors and enforce regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention
  • Provide forestry education, advice and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations and the general public
  • Develop and maintain computer databases
  • Supervise forest tree nursery operations
  • Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a one- to three-year college program in forestry technology or in a renewable resource program or forest ranger program is usually required.
  • Certification by, or registration with, a provincial association as a forestry technologist or technician may be required.
  • Certification or licensing as a scaler is required for some positions.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body for professional technologists is required to use the title “Professional Technologist.”

All Titles

  • chief cruiser
  • chief scaler
  • conservation technician – forestry
  • crew leader – forest fire suppression
  • cruiser
  • cruising technician – forestry
  • enforcement officer – forestry
  • extension forest ranger
  • extension ranger – forestry
  • extension technician, forestry
  • field office supervisor – forestry
  • fire crew leader – forestry
  • fire suppression officer – forestry
  • forest engineering technician
  • forest engineering technologist
  • forest extension technician
  • forest fire officer
  • forest fire ranger
  • forest fire technician
  • forest firefighting crew leader
  • forest inventory resource officer
  • forest planning technician
  • forest protection co-ordinator
  • forest regional inventory technician
  • forest research technologist
  • forest resource management technician
  • forest resource technician
  • forest survey technician
  • forest technician
  • forestry conservation technician
  • forestry conservation technologist
  • forestry crew co-ordinator
  • forestry extension technician
  • forestry technician
  • forestry technologist
  • log grader
  • log scaler
  • natural resources technician – forestry
  • nursery technician – forestry
  • protection co-ordinator – forestry
  • range conservationist
  • range manager
  • research assistant – forestry
  • research technician, forestry conservation
  • research technologist, forestry conservation
  • resource officer, forest inventory
  • resource technician – forestry
  • scaler – forestry
  • scaler technician – logging
  • scalers supervisor
  • scaling co-ordinator – logging
  • senior fire control technician
  • silviculture technician
  • silviculture technologist
  • silviculturist
  • supervisor, forestry technicians
  • technician, forest engineering
  • technician, forest resource management
  • technician, forestry
  • technician, forestry conservation and preservation
  • technician, silviculture
  • technologist, forest engineering
  • technologist, forestry
  • technologist, forestry conservation and preservation
  • technologist, silviculture
  • timber cruiser
  • timber marker
  • timber rider
  • timber scaler
  • timber technician


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