Careers in Forestry Wildlife
in Forestry WildlifeForestry is an important and interesting subject of study.
Forests form part of the vital natural resources of a country. From time
immemorial forest resources have been a source of human sustenance. They are
home to the most amazing herbs, medicinal compounds, natural cosmetics etc.
Forestry and Wild Life go together since forests serve as home for wildlife.
Forest wealth also contributes significantly to the economy of the country.
Specially trained personnel are therefore needed to maintain and regenerate the
forest cover, forest wealth and resources. This involves the services of
forestry specialists, forestry management experts and forest officers.
Forestry involves protection of forests and farming of trees to ensure
contributing timber supply. Forester takes care of forest resources by
protecting them from fire, pests, disease, encroachment and indiscriminate
felling of trees.
Educational: Various courses in forestry
are available, at the graduate, postgraduate and diploma level, as well as at
the Ph.D. level.
Those with Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the
intermediate level can go for B.Sc Forestry course. Further the masters level
offers specialisation in subjects like Forest Management, Commercial Forestry,
Forest Economics, Wood Science & Technology, Wildlife Science, Veterinary
Science etc. The Indian Institu
te of Forest Management (IIFM), Nehru Nagar,
Bhopal offers a study programme in Forest Management. There are also
opportunities for doing Ph.D in Forestry at the recognised centres. Those with
Bachelors degree in related subjects can appear for Indian Forest Service exam
conducted by Union Public Service Commission.
Liking for outdoors, spirit of adventure, good health,
stamina and physical fitness, patience, scientific temperament, organizing
ability, public relations skills, practicality, courage, decision-making
ability, capacity to work long hours, a genuine interest in the preservation of
the natural environment and habitat, inclination for research and academic bent
of mind, curiosity, excellent skills of observation, interest in agriculture and
- Foresters can take up work either in offices, laboratories or outdoors
depending on their field of specialisation. Employment opportunities exist
- Governmental, non-governmental organisations interested in preservation
of forest resources
- Corporates having own plantations for timbering
- Industries that utilise forest resources employ industrial and
- Indian Council Of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and its
affiliated Forestry research institutes such as Forest Research Institute,
Dehra Dun, Institute of Social Forestry and Eco-rehabilitation, Allahabad
- Wildlife Research Institutes in Dehra Dun, Coimbatore etc.
- Zoological Parks
- Wildlife Ranges
- Education sector as tutors
There are various people who work in forest and wild life
conservation. For example, foresters, dendrologists, ethologists, entomologists,
silviculturists (forest propagation and culture), forest range officers, zoo
Forester: The forester is responsible for
protecting and regenerating forests, protecting wildlife habitats, checking for
and fighting wild fires, landscape management and so on. With experience
foresters can graduate to managing public relations, preparing reports and
Dendrologists: Dendrologists specialise in
the scientific study of trees and woody plants. Their work involves research on
the history, life span, measuring, grading, classifying the varieties of trees,
and studying ways and means of tree improvement through afforestation etc.
Enthologists: Ethology is the scientific
study of animal behaviour in its natural environment. An ethologist studies and
analyses the evolution, behaviour, biological functions etc. of an organism in
its natural environment. Enthologists design healthy habitats for animals in
zoos, aquariums, and laboratories. They also study animal behavior to enhance
our knowledge of human physiology and psychology.
Entomologists: Entomologists specialise in
the study and control of diseases caused by insects and pests.
Silviculturistsis: Silviculture is an
aspect of Forestry that refers to the growth of plantations that yield periodic
Forest Range Officers: Forest range
officers take care of public forests, sancturies, botanical gardens etc. They
have conservators, loggers and other junior personnel working with them. Entry
into this post is through the Indian Forest Service (IFS) Examination conducted
by the Union Public Service Commission.
Zoo curators: They are responsible for
animal welfare in the zoos and also undertake conservation programmes. Zoo
curator plays a role in the administration of zoo functions and captive breeding
programs. They review reports made by zookeepers, calculate the budgetary
requirements for the zoo and encourage research activity.
Arid Forest Research Institute, Rajasthan
Arid Forest Research Institute, situated at Jodhpur in Rajasthan
(India ) , is one of the institutes of the Indian Council of Forestry Research &
Education ( ICFRE ) working under the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt.
of India. The Objective of the Institute is to carry out scientific research in
forestry in order to provide technologies to increase the vegetative cover and
to conserve the biodiversity in the hot arid and semi arid region of Rajasthan,
Gujarat and Dadara & Nagar Haveli union territory. The Institute Campus covers
66 ha. of area on the New Pali Road, Jodhpur.
Arid Forest Research Institute
P. O. Krishi Upaj Mandi
New Pali Road,
Jodhpur-342005 (Rajasthan) INDIA
Phone: +91 291 2722549
Fax: +91 291 2722764