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Forest and Conservation Technicians
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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.

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Currently Employed: 1,410

Projected Annual Job Openings: 170

Typical Hourly Wage: $14.35 - $22.67

Typical Annual Salary: $29,800 - $47,200

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Associate's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
  • 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.
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.
  • Perform reforestation or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement.
  • Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads.
  • Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
  • Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.
  • Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Calipers
  • Commercial fishing nets
  • Moisture meters
  • Reforestation equipment
  • Theodolites

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
  • Map creation software
  • Word processing software