Forest engineers are civil engineers that manage forested regions ensuring they are preserved, healthy, and usable for a variety of different purposes ranging from economic to leisurely.
The job title of forest engineer is bestowed upon members of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec [Order of Forest Engineers of Quebec] (OIFQ). This order, headquartered in Québec, is mandated by the Office des professions du Québec [Office of Quebec Professions] which means their members have the exclusive right to hold the the title and practise the profession.
The OIFQ, with almost a century-long history and founded in 1921, has a very informative website highlighting the various aspects of the field. They have eight committees focused on organizational aspects ranging from event organizing to reviewing complaints. They also boast having two kinds of databases—contrary to the typical practice of having one listing members. The first database is designed for consulting work and the second is a members directory. In addition to these two, they also have a job board for companies to post job offers looking for professional forest engineers.
Becoming a forest engineer requires a university degree in forest engineering and experience working an internship (which is typically part of the degree). Additionally, as with all professional orders located in Quebec, applicants must be able to speak French at a professional level of proficiency.
Being mandated by the Office des professions du Québec, the designation gives members the right to practise the discipline and is sure to give applicants entry to a rich and fulfilling career.