FRA’s Workforce Connections initiative was launched in early 2019 and works to connect qualified job candidates with companies in the Pacific Northwest. Like much of the country, this region is facing labor shortages, which are projected to worsen over time.
The page below contains resources and helpful links that can be helpful for job seekers and job posters alike. Our ultimate goal through this initiative and others like it is to help connect qualified job seekers with jobs throughout the entire forest supply chain.
We are actively seeking feedback and ideas to ensure our industry takes an active role in recruiting new talent.
For more information – or to share ideas to forward this initiative – please contact Vickie Swanton, [email protected], 906.282.6752.
Resources for Students & Educators
Career Profile Cards
There are many great learning tools that you can use to get students excited about careers in the forest products industry! The Pacific Education Institute has created Career Profile Cards, many of which depict the career pathways and the typical days of those working various forest industry jobs. Access the cards HERE.
The Natural Inquirer Scientist & Engineer Card Series highlights Forest Service scientists and engineers. These are a great tool to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Access the cards HERE.
This great resource from Oregon shows how we can use our forests as a context for teaching and in the process enrich student learning and extend it beyond the walls of the classroom. This resource offers lesson plans, videos, publications, and field program ideas. Access this page HERE.
There are many great green jobs available in the forest products industry. Project Learning Tree has put together a useful resource page to get students and job seekers excited about these green jobs. This guide includes helpful fact sheets, links to job boards, career cards, and webinars. This resource is available HERE.
Job Type Information
Forestry Crew - The forestry crew is a 5 to 20-person team that performs a variety of assignments that maintain and protect healthy young forests as they grow, including: tree planting, firefighting, slash piling, prescribed burning, pre-commercial thinning, seedling care, cone collection, tree release, vegetation control, and stream or habitat enhancement. Learn more about the jobs that make up the forestry crew from the Pacific Forest Foundation HERE.
Forestry Professionals - Modern forest management employs many “forestry professionals,” who are engaged in forest operations management. These natural resource professionals are equipped with both education and experience necessary to guide the decision-making and policy-making surrounding forest land management. Learn more about these jobs from the Pacific Forest Foundation HERE.
Heavy Equipment Operator - One of the many great jobs in the forest products industry is a heavy equipment operator. The operator runs a machine (heavy equipment), which is purpose-built to accomplish a specialized forest production task—such as tree falling, log processing, debris piling, or road grading. Learn more about this job from the Pacific Forest Foundation HERE.
Hydrologist - Hydrologists monitor water quality and work with forest managers and operators to help plan forest projects, reduce the impact of logging on a watershed and help restore fish habitat. Please watch this video from Oregon Forest Resources Institute HERE.
Logging Crew - This helpful resource from the Pacific Forest Foundation describes all the jobs that make up the logging crew. Access it HERE.
Professional Foresters - There are many jobs in the forest products industry in the forestry professionals category. Forestry professionals guide decisions and policies relating to forest land management. To learn more about the work of forestry professionals, please watch this video from ForestryWorks HERE.
Scaler & Operator - In this video from FRA member Idaho Forest Group, a scaler and operator tells his story and describes his job working in the forest products industry. Watch it HERE.
Interactive Virtual Learning
ForestLearning's ForestVRTM toolkit is a great resource to help students learn about forestry through immersion. Since launching, students have experienced forest and mill environments first-hand. Access it HERE.
In the forest products industry, there are many opportunities for leadership positions. Managing projects could entail activities such as: supervision of crews, directing the production of heavy equipment, data measurement and evaluation, problem-solving and decision-making, planning safe work, contract administration, or accomplishing various construction assignments.
These sought-after jobs offer rewarding careers in a production setting—often outdoors—where every week brings new challenges, achievement and satisfying results. Check out this helpful resource from the Pacific Forest Foundation for more information on the types of leadership positions available within the forest products industry. This resource us available HERE.
From the Pacific Forest Foundation, This Is My Office is an inside look at what it takes to become a modern logger. Watch the video HERE.
Oregon Forest Resources Institute's "A Day in the Woods" video series is a great learning tool and provides produces a wide variety of educational videos covering a range of topics related to forests, forest management and forest products. Access the video library HERE.
This video also from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute shows a field forester in action. Field forester Joe Newton spends most of his time outdoors, helping forest landowners grow trees that may some day be harvested for timber. Watch the video HERE.
Resources for the Forest Products Industry
Most regions of North America don’t offer a structured logging apprenticeship program that is designed to attract and teach young loggers the skills they need to begin a career in the woods. As a solution, the Pacific Logging Congress has created the Adopt a High School program. Instead of waiting for workers to come to you, Adopt a High School brings you and your company to the students and employees of tomorrow. Your one-on-one involvement provides not only a future workforce, but also the opportunity to redefine any misunderstandings students have about the industry and the logging profession. Learn more HERE.