Forest and Conservation Technicians
SOC: 19-4093.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
32,600 employed

Projected (2024):
30,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Conservation Agent
  • Conservation Officer
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Conservation Technician
  • Conservationist
  • Fire Engine Operator
  • Fire Management Officer
  • Fire Technician
  • Firefighter
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forest Technician
  • Forester
  • Forester Aide
  • Forestry Aid Technician
  • Forestry Aide
  • Forestry and Wildlife Manager
  • Forestry Technician
  • Grazing Aide
  • Grazing Examiner
  • Natural Resources Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Park Warden
  • Resource Manager
  • Resource Manager Forester
  • Resource Technician
  • Silviculturist
  • Soil Conservation Aide
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Soil Technologist
  • Soil Tester
  • Timber Appraiser
  • Timber Management Technician
  • Tree Expert
  • Tree Warden
  • Type Mapper
  • Vector Control Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.
  • Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.
  • Thin and space trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervise workers performing these tasks.
  • Manage forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.
  • Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • Provide information about, and enforce, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention.
  • Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
  • Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.
  • Issue fire permits, timber permits, and other forest use licenses.
  • Develop and maintain computer databases.
  • Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews.
  • 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.
  • Conduct laboratory or field experiments with plants, animals, insects, diseases and soils.
  • 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.
  • Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark and roots to locate insect and disease damage.
  • Install gauges, stream flow recorders, and soil moisture measuring instruments, and collect and record data from them to assist with watershed analysis.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerial bucket trucks
  • Airboats
  • All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Altimeters
  • Amphibious excavators
  • Aquatic weed harvesters
  • Axes
  • Backhoes
  • Basal area factor BAF prisms
  • Boats
  • Brush hooks
  • Brush trucks
  • Bulldozers
  • Calipers
  • Chain saws
  • Clearing hooks
  • Clinometers
  • Crown densitometers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diameter tapes
  • Dibblers
  • Digital cameras
  • Dump trucks
  • Electronic rain gauges ERR
  • Electroshocking boats
  • Excavators
  • Farm tractors
  • Fertilizer spreaders
  • Field data recorders
  • Field personal computers PC
  • Fire plows
  • Forestry rain gauges
  • Forklifts
  • Frame nets
  • Front end loaders
  • Geological compasses
  • Gill nets
  • Girdling tools
  • Global positioning system GPS data collectors
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grass whips
  • Gunjets for pressurized sprayers
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Harrows
  • Hydraulic dredges
  • Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes
  • Hypsometers
  • Increment borers
  • Laser rangefinders
  • Laser surveying equipment
  • Laser tree measuring devices
  • Lawn mowers
  • Leaf area meter scanning instruments
  • Loggers' tapes
  • Macroalgae harvesters
  • Magnetic locators
  • Mantax computer tree calipers
  • McLeod tools
  • Measuring wheels
  • Metal detectors
  • Moisture meters
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Pickup trucks
  • Planimeters
  • Planters
  • Plug spades
  • Pocket transits
  • Prisms
  • Pruning saws
  • Pulaski tools
  • Relaskops
  • Remote sensing equipment
  • Remote video cameras
  • Rubber-tired bulldozers
  • Seed drills
  • Seines
  • Shovels
  • Slurry buckets
  • Snowplows
  • Soil augers
  • Soil moisture meters
  • Soil probes
  • Sprayers
  • Stadia rods
  • Stream flow gauges
  • Survey levels
  • Survey transits
  • Tensiometers
  • Terrain torches
  • Theodolites
  • Total stations
  • Track bulldozers
  • Trail motorbikes
  • Trawls
  • Tree corers
  • Tree planter spades
  • Truck cranes
  • Truck-mounted water pumps
  • Trucks
  • Tugboats
  • Two way radios
  • Video editing equipment
  • Water level recorders
  • Water monitoring meters
  • Water monitoring samplers
  • Water samplers
  • Water trucks
  • Watermark soil moisture data collectors
  • Wedges
  • Wheeler pentaprism calipers
  • Wildland fire pumper trucks
  • Winch trucks
  • Winches
  • Allegro Landmark
  • Assisi Software Compiler
  • Assisi Software Forest
  • Assisi Software Forest Inventory
  • Atterbury Consultants SuperAce
  • Autodesk AutoCAD LT
  • Ben Meadows Yeoman Expedition
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computer graphics software
  • Corel Presentation
  • Database software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Fire behavior modeling software
  • FlapX software
  • Forest EcoSurvey
  • Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS
  • Forestry Reconnaissance ArcView Editor RAVE software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Haglof Sweden AB TCruise Forest Inventory
  • HARVEST
  • JRP Consulting Plant Wizard
  • JRP Consulting Survey Wizard
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • LJI Technologies Lumberjack
  • LoggerPC software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • PhoenixPRO Forest Activity Tracking
  • Photogrammetric software
  • Remote sensing software
  • RockWare ArcMap
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Traverse PC software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220