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About Forestry Careers

What makes the Great Outdoors great? While nature plays the leading role, it sometimes needs the help of forestry professionals from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). But who are these men and women of the VDOF whose mission it is to protect and develop healthy sustainable forest resources for Virginians?

Typically, foresters and technicians have had a lifelong love of the outdoors; a passion for the role the environment plays in our lives, and a desire to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. They are good stewards of our forests, ensuring this vital resource is available today and in the future. They protect more than 15 million acres of forestland from the ravages of wildfire. They grow and replant more than 33 million tree seedlings each year. They ensure the health and vitality of our trees by keeping detrimental insects and invasive tree species out of our forests. They provide places for contemplation and recreation. They protect the quality of our water and our air, and establish and maintain natural habitats for thousands of species of wildlife.

Job Vacancies

Job vacancies with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) are listed through the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) website.

Virginia Government Jobs

To Apply

Apply on-line via the Virginia Government Jobs website.

  • VDOF only accepts on-line applications for all VDOF employment opportunities. Applicants may apply online via the Virginia Jobs website.
  • VDOF will provide, if requested and needed, reasonable accommodation to applicants to access the application and/or interview process.
  • If any assistance is needed when applying on-line, please contact us or use our contact form.

Additional Resources

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Become a Wildland Firefighter
Become a Wildland FirefighterP00149

Brochure provides information to help get started in becoming a wildland firefighter in Virginia. Firefighters must meet certain training, fitness, and service requirements.

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Careers in Forestry
Careers in ForestryP00089

Brochure provides an introduction to careers in the forestry field, including becoming a forestry professional, working as a forestry professional, the future of forestry, 50 careers in trees, and forestry internship opportunities. Printed copies available.

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People of Forestry - Discover Careers in the Forest
People of Forestry – Discover Careers in the Forest

Activity book helps youth explore careers in the forest through a variety of activities. Limited printed copies available.

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