Urban Forester

What do they do? Care for urban forest ecosystems within metropolitan and surrounding areas for the benefit of residents of the area and the natural environment.

Description: A career in urban forestry is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in the natural side of life. Urban forestry involves a good combination of natural and social sciences. Taking into account not only the health of specific trees but also the city ecosystem, urban foresters look for ways to improve and sustain the environment. They need a technical knowledge of biology and biological processes, including soils and irrigation systems, along with a general knowledge of forest ecology.

Education: A four-year degree in forestry management or urban forestry.

Salary: Starts in the low $40,000s and peaks at $60,000. Need ability to work with groups, organizations, and political bodies.