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Person interested in Forestry, what do?
« on: April 03, 2021, 09:50:26 PM »
Dear Forestry Forum,

Hi, I'm someone who currently has no idea what I wanna do with my life, but have looked at the Forestry Service and have found it surprisingly to my liking, from what (likely little) I've researched. Issue is, I'm not entirely sure where to look in order to learn more about working as a Forester in a professional capacity, such as what's it like in a day-to-day capacity, or what some entry-level Forestry jobs would be. I don't suppose that the kind gentlemen on this site would be able to provide me some suggestions on where to look?

Also apologies if I'm breaking any etiquette for a first post here, this is the first time I've been on a forum this formal.

Thanks,
Gabe

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2021, 10:04:22 PM »
Welcome Gabe! No need to apologize, we all had to start somewhere. Have you checked with a state college to see what they offer? Is there a state forest service office nearby. Somebody there should be happy to talk with you.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2021, 10:04:50 PM »
Welcome, Gabriel.
Off to a good start here.  You filled out your profile so when the right guys come along, they can answer with more specifics.  They will be here shortly...
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2021, 10:42:27 PM »
Study your biology and genetics, they will be a big part of what you need. Plant biology is necessary for what itíll take. Know your trees by the bark and other little signs (oh how I wish I knew them well, but alas, I donít). DONíT be afraid to go out and literally beat the bushes, and figuratively as well. One of the government agencies is going to be ďthe oneĒ, but Iím not sure which.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2021, 10:46:23 PM »
Along with those, computers, IT age, ya know.
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2021, 11:56:55 PM »
Welcome.

maybe you can shadow, or follow a Forester for a day to a week while the work is being done?
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2021, 08:11:22 PM »
Contact your nearest U.S.Forest Service or State DNR office for information on forestry careers and how to get started in a career with them.

Also contact the Society of American Foresters. They have a lot of helpful information on seeking a career in forestry. Becoming acquainted with a local professional forester who may mentor you would also be most helpful.

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2021, 10:09:53 PM »
You might be able to find a consulting forestry company that will let you intern here and there unpaid, see if you like it.  Im sure when its time to plant seedlings theyre happy to accept a helper or 3.  Get in with the right crowd, show youve got some work ethic and arent a whiner..   doors will open.
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2021, 12:07:19 AM »
In addition to whats been said about chatting with local forestry departments and interning, this book referenced below served me well back in 2005 when i began walking down the forestry road.

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/opportunties-in-forestry-careers_christopher-mueller-wille/752377/item/41696252/?gclid=CjwKCAjw07qDBhBxEiwA6pPbHiF1sMDxdqX-Q2lf7MV0RyBpff9HO6xLRAYACmXY2k4Brl4i_EnsOhoCai4QAvD_BwE#idiq=41696252&edition=3627603
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