Forest and Conservation Technicians

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.

Median Annual Wage: $35,260

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (40%); Associate's degree (36%); Some college, no degree (12%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Forest Technician; Forestry Technician; Wildlife Technician; Resource Manager; Resource Technician; Conservationist; Forest Ranger; Forestry Aide; Natural Resources Technician; Fire Technician

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Forest and Conservation Technicians.

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  • Manage forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.
  • Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
  • Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
  • Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.
  • Provide information about, and enforce, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention.
  • Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • Thin and space trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervise workers performing these tasks.
  • Develop and maintain computer databases.
  • Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads.
  • Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public.
  • Perform reforestation or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement.
  • Issue fire permits, timber permits, and other forest use licenses.
  • Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys, or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.
  • Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews.
  • Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark and roots to locate insect and disease damage.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Forest and Conservation Technicians.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Forest and Conservation Technicians.

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