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Forest & Conservation Workers

Also called: Crew Leader, Foreman, Forest Resource Specialist, Tree Planter

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

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.
  • Gather, package, or deliver forest products to buyers.


Math and Science
  • geography
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
  • administrative services


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort


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

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