A Forest Ecologist earns an average salary of $54,996 per year.

$42,500 - $76,000
MEDIAN: $54,996

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Job Description for Forest Ecologist

A forest ecologist is a specialized scientist and naturalist who works to preserve natural forest habitats. He or she manages human technological impacts on the plants, animals, and soils in these areas. Forest ecologists may be employed by local, state, or federal government agencies to monitor and ensure regulatory compliance for forested regions. An ecologist can also work for a public or private park or a nature preserve, or as part of scientific research teams studying environmental impacts on forests.


Forest Ecologist Tasks

  • Collect, catalogue, and analyze data on forest characteristics such as plant species, animal species, density of organisms, etc.
  • Evaluate conservation and restoration results, and modify scientific methods in light of new data.
  • Coordinate scientific and conservation efforts, communicating key data to multiple audiences.
  • Write and interpret site descriptions, training briefs, grant proposals and scientific and technical materials.
  • Monitor the forest's health and risks and create plans for conservation and restoration.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 33%