Government foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands and other natural resources owned by the government. They also evaluate data on forest and soil quality, assessing damage to trees and forest lands caused by fires and logging activities.

In addition, they lead activities, such as suppressing fires and planting seedlings. Fire suppression activities include measuring how quickly fires will spread and how successful the planned suppression activities turn out.

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Forester Ranger


Bachelor's degree in Forestry from an accredited University is required.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $50,790
  • Average Hourly Rate: $24/hour


  • Oversee forestry and conservation activities to ensure compliance with government regulations and habitat protection
  • Negotiate terms and conditions for forest harvesting and land-use contracts
  • Establish plans for managing forest lands and resources
  • Direct and participate in forest fire suppression
  • Monitor the regeneration of forests

This job is right for you if...

  • You love working outdoors
  • You want to help conserve our country’s valuable resources
  • You are passionate about working to improve the environment


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