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Forestry professionals

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Forestry professionals

Become a forester to sustain Michigan's woodlands

Michigan DNR foresters play a critical role in managing the sustainable cycle of forestry across four million acres of state forest lands. This job is ideal for anyone who wants a blended position with time spent outdoors and in an office setting. In addition to forest management responsibilities, foresters may have the opportunity to serve in wildland firefighting roles or conduct prescribed burns to renew the landscape. As a full-time forester or forest technician, you'll receive health and retirement benefits and opportunities for career growth. 

A forester wearing a hi-vis vest works in a lush green forest


Help manage Michigan’s state forests for a rewarding career in natural resources. A professional forester’s diverse job duties may include inspecting sites, collecting data, overseeing environmental restoration projects and marking timber in the field. Foresters will also develop forest treatment plans through the inventory process, prepare timber sale bid packages and evaluate proposals in an office setting. 

Position information

  • Pay rate of $22.69 - $38.24
  • Work 40 hours per week
  • This position requires a bachelor's degree in forestry.
    A bachelor's degree in a natural resources field with no less than 24 semester (36 term) credits in forestry may be substituted for the education requirement.

Forester position description

Forest technicians

Join the DNR in this technician role for varied job duties in field and office settings. Participate in fire management, timber sale preparation, forest inventory and equipment operation to gain experience in a variety of forest management activities. 

Position information:

  • Pay rate of $18.68 - $30.53
  • Work 40 hours per week
  • This position requires an associate’s degree in Forest Technology, or 2 years of college with 24 semester credits in forestry
Forest technician position description
A forester marks timber in the woods with red spray paint

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