What foresters do

Forestry is a specialised profession that uses a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainably manage unique forest ecosystems.

 As part of their day-to-day job, a forester may:

  • study, monitor and assess forests, including growth rates, general health, disturbance history and changesestablish forests through ecological restoration and replanting trees
  • manage and plan for bushfire, and conduct prevention, detection and suppression activities such as prescribed burning
  • monitor and protect forest fauna and their habitat
  • undertake landscape management planning, including manual and satellite mapping (including LiDAR surveying technology), aerial photo interpretation (with drones) and field measurements
  • monitor soil and water
  • manage pests and weeds
  • maintain forests for recreation, cultural and agricultural uses, such as honey
  • develop management strategies to improve carbon sequestration
  • undertake economic modelling for carbon, timber or other ecosystem services
  • plan, build and maintain roads
  • plan and prepare for forest harvest
  • monitor and adhere to regulations and forest certification
  • develop forest policies and procedures
  • collaborate, liaise and meet with community members
  • undertake sustainable timber yield modelling and planning
  • monitor and collect seed for forest regeneration
  • supervise forest contractors
  • advise governments and clients on forest management strategies
  • work with traditional owners and aboriginal communities to protect cultural heritage and incorporate traditional ecological knowledge
  • manage forest recreation sites and access

 Interested in pursuing a career as a forester? Go to careers in forestry.