Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers

Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers
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Green jobs represent one of the fastest growing and changing segments of the global economy. At the same time, today’s youth are seeking rewarding careers that help us move toward more sustainable lifestyles and greener economies. 

Some of the most exciting—and perhaps greenest jobs—involve forests.

Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers helps youth discover careers in sustainable forestry and conservation. Anyone can use this resource with youth aged 12–25 in settings ranging from community youth programs and school classrooms, to college and career prep, to field trips and forest tours.

Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers includes four hands-on instructional activities that help youth research different forest sector careers to learn what it takes to perform these jobs, and practice managing and monitoring forest resources. Designed to be flexible, the activities can be used as individual, stand-alone lessons, or all together as a cohesive unit of instruction. 

 

Features of PLT's Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit


FLEXIBLE – formal and nonformal educators can use this resource in settings ranging from community youth programs, classrooms, to forest tours and field-trips.

CAREER CONNECTIONS – suggests tools and resources to broaden and/or deepen learners’ exploration of forest careers.

STEM SKILLS – offers a self-assessment and suggestions for enhancing connections to STEM teaching and learning encompassing technical and leadership skills important for green jobs.

HANDS-ON – includes four hands-on instructional activities that help youth explore forest-related careers and get excited about green jobs.

 

Activities 

Youth research forestry jobs, and practice managing and monitoring forest resources with these activities. Use as individual, stand-alone lessons, or all together as a cohesive unit of instruction.


1.  Who Works in This Forest?

As an introduction to some of the people who work in and on behalf of forests, learners research different forest sector careers to learn what it takes to perform these jobs.

2.  If You Were the Boss

Acting as foresters, learners grapple with decisions about how to manage a forest sustainably while serving different needs.

3.  Monitoring Forest Health

Through a variety of health indicators, learners assess the health of a forest area and see how soil scientists, wildlife biologists, arborists, and other forest professionals monitor forests.

4.  Seeking Sustainability

Learners explore the concept of sustainability by examining the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, while also taking a look at some jobs involved in ensuring forest sustainability.

 

Envisioning Green Career Opportunities

Youth and adults alike may be surprised at the range of green career opportunities. Some of the jobs profiled in Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers are listed below and learners can take a quiz to match their personality type with an array of forest-related career opportunities.

Arborist
Architect
Environmental Educator
Forester
Forest Engineer
Logger
Lumber Mill Worker
Park Ranger
Policy Advisor
Social Media Director
Soil Scientist
Sustainability Manager
Wildland Firefighter
Wildlife Biologist

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Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers is also available through a PLT in-person professional development workshop offered by our network of state coordinators.



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