Social Forester

What do they do? Promote social change through interaction with trees and the urban forest.

Description: Those working in social forestry come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, from landscape architects to social workers and city park managers to high school teachers. Most are driven by a vision of a better future fueled by the belief that the seeds of personal growth and healing can be found in an appreciation and understanding of trees and forests. The field of social forestry offers a wide spectrum of positions, from clerical and administrative to management and education or training positions. Opportunities within social forestry are increasing. As with many other careers in the nonprofit sector, those getting started in the field may find that volunteering can lead to job opportunities.

Education: Four-year degree or equivalent.

Salary: Starts at $24,000.