Jobs and Careers in Forestry

This page provides information about the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) employment programs, how to access job opportunities in MNR and the public service and other forestry employment resources in Ontario.


Professional and Technical Forestry Careers 


Variety of WildlifeOntario is a world leader in sustainable forest management. As a forester in Ontario you will contribute to the stewardship of 80 million hectares of Crown land that represent 75% of Ontario's total area. It's a land with four distinct forest regions with diverse ecosystems. By balancing environmental, social and economic benefits, a career in forestry with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, makes a real difference for today and in the future.

MNR forestry related and other resource management job competitions open to the public are posted on the Ontario provincial government (OPS) "Careers" website. This web site allows you to search on keywords, by job type and by ministry. Other job competitions, classified as restricted, are advertised only within the provincial government and are open to public servants, employees of agencies which have reciprocal staffing agreements, and surplus employees.


Forestry related positions will also be posted on employment sites such as Canadian Forests, Forestry Employment Bulletin Board, or Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Job Bank. Check these sites regularly so as not to miss forestry job postings.


Canadian Forests, Forestry Employment Bulletin Board
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Job Bank




Seasonal Job Opportunities in MNR


MNR youth programs


Want to learn about the environment, conservation, fish and wildlife, natural resources management? Think about applying to one of MNR's Youth Employment Programs.


MNR fire fighting training and hiring information


Fire fighting can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs you'll ever undertake, which might be why so many people apply. Whether you are applying for a job as a seasonal firefighter (FireRanger) with MNR or seeking a firefighting job with one a private company you must be trained and certified. Learn more about how to become a FireRanger.


Need help with the job hunt?


This web site guide directs you to youth job opportunities supported by the Ontario government.


Career Opportunities in Ontario's Forest Sector


Forestry is the number one resource-based employer in Northern Ontario and represents one out of every three jobs.

people working in forestry related jobs


Forestry careers are focused on environmental sustainability and the great outdoors. By balancing environmental, social and economic values - careers in forestry make a real difference in our communities, today and into the future.


There's choice and growth in forestry careers, forestry professionals:


  • get more jobs (95% working within one year of graduation)
  • earn 24% more money on average than other university graduates at the bachelor level
  • increase their pay 5% faster
  • protect and manage natural resources
  • help keep Northern Ontario's economy strong

Technical jobs

  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Operations
  • Compliance monitoring
  • Manufacturing
  • Tree planting
  • Tree marking
  • Forest health
  • Integrated resource management
  • Communications ....and more!

Professional jobs

  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem and habitat management
  • Forest protection
  • Aboriginal economic development
  • Operations and management
  • Silviculture
  • Research ...and more!

Forestry employment advertising for job seekers

  • Canadian Forests - the bulletin board on this web site lists current job openings in every branch of Canada's forest sector - in woodlands, in manufacturing, in sales, in research and education. If you are looking for a job, check out their current listings.
  • Ontario Professional Foresters Association - the Ontario Professional Foresters Association has initiated a program for advertising employment services to forestry businesses and Association members.
  • Ontario's Forestry Association - as part of our ongoing education and outreach efforts, the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA) is creating a database of natural resource professionals and recent graduates currently employed in the forest management sector.
  • Tree Planting (Silviculture Contractors) - go here for a listing of employers and general information on tree planting.