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Forest & Conservation Workers

Also called: Christmas Tree Grower, Tree Planter, Field Laborer, Forestry Support Specialist

What they do:
Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.
On the job, you would:
  • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
  • Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
  • Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • geography
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Leadership

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Geographic information system GIS software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$24,340
per year, on average
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