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Old 07-29-2011, 02:49 PM
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It bears mentioning that there are more options to "get the best of both" by living in Washington and shop in Oregon than Portland. There are towns on both sides all along the Columbia River. Some are more rural than others.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Nell Plotts View Post
Generally speaking the cost of housing in the Seattle urban area is higher than Portland and for many that is a huge piece of the family budget... but I doubt that there are many forester jobs in either community.
As a professional Forester......there are more professional Forester positions in Portland than most other communities in Oregon. Seattle also has a significant population of Foresters.

Granted most of the positions are not entry level.

You are probably confusing Foresters with loggers.
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Old 07-30-2011, 10:04 AM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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No I wasn't, my grandfather was partner in a mill on the coast back in the day. During my college days I dated a former choker setter. I am familiar with the forest products industry.

Given that most of the big timber companies headquarters aren't in Portland or Seattle any more I didn't expect there to be many positions there. The other Forester (or folks with a Forester background) employers would be the US Forest Service and their State counterparts. A lot of privately held timber land has been spun off into the likes of Plum Creek Plum Creek Stock Price History. They have posted two senior Forester positions in Toledo.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:39 PM
Location: Eastern Oregon
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My 2 cents here, as both my husband and I have worked for BLM and Forest Service, there ARE many more jobs "out West" in forestry, mainly because there is more public land. Depending on where you come from, though, it may or may not be cheaper. If you're in a big NE city, yes, it maybe, but if you're from the Midwest, or South, it could easily be more expensive.

As mentioned, there are many rural places along the Columbia River where you can live in Washington and shop in Oregon. We live in Pendleton, so Tri-Cities (Kennewick/Pasco/Richland) and Walla Walla come to mind. With gas prices the way they are though, I'm not really sure you save much, even in a big city like Portland.

If you're getting into forestry for the first time, expect to get possibly temporary jobs in tiny towns, then move around a lot working your way up.

usajobs.gov is a good place, but the Forest Service has a really strange way of advertising its jobs. I personally hate it, as they often don't show up on usajobs. Try this: https://www.avuecentral.com/casting/...ntrol/mainmenu

Right now with the mess in D.C. I'm not sure these jobs are very secure anymore. That said, as with many occupations, it will soon see a brain drain as baby boomers retire. But forestry practices have changed dramatically, so it's hard to say what jobs will be more in demand than others...
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