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Forest and Conservation Technicians
SOC Code: 19-4093.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Biological Science Aide, Conservationist, County Ranger, Forest Technician, Forestry Aide, Forestry Technician, Resource Manager, Resource Specialist, Resource Technician, Timber Appraiser

Tasks

  • Thin and space trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervise workers performing these tasks.
  • Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
  • Provide information about, and enforce, regulations, such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety, and accident prevention.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • Map forest tract data using digital mapping systems.
  • Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop and maintain computer databases.
  • Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark, and roots to locate insect and disease damage.
  • Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews.
  • Issue fire permits, timber permits, and other forest use licenses.
  • Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
  • Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Assisi Software Forest; Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS; HARVEST; LoggerPC software (see all 6 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD LT
  • Data base user interface and query software - Forest EcoSurvey; LJI Technologies Lumberjack; Microsoft Access ; PhoenixPRO Forest Activity Tracking (see all 9 examples)
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Computer graphics software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Assisi Software Forest Inventory; Haglof Sweden AB TCruise Forest Inventory
  • Map creation software - Allegro Landmark; Ben Meadows Yeoman Expedition; ESRI ArcGIS software ; RockWare ArcMap (see all 9 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Corel Presentation; Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Web page creation and editing software - Facebook
  • Web platform development software - Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Agricultural tractors - Farm tractors
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled - All terrain vehicles ATV
  • Articulating boom lift - Aerial bucket trucks
  • Axes
  • Backhoes
  • Calipers - Mantax computer tree calipers; Wheeler pentaprism calipers
  • Clinometers
  • Commercial fishing nets - Frame nets; Gill nets; Seines; Trawls
  • Conventional truck cranes - Truck cranes
  • Decorticators - Girdling tools
  • Desktop computers
  • Dibblers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Remote video cameras
  • Digital cameras
  • Dredgers - Aquatic weed harvesters; Hydraulic dredges
  • Dump trucks - Brush trucks
  • Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories - Slurry buckets
  • Earthmoving shovels - Fire plows
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors - Fertilizer spreaders
  • Fire or rescue trucks - Wildland fire pumper trucks
  • Fire suppression hand tools - McLeod tools; Pulaski tools
  • Fishing boats - Electroshocking boats
  • Forestry increment borers - Increment borers; Tree corers
  • Forestry saws - Pruning saws
  • Forklifts
  • Front end loaders
  • Geological compasses - Pocket transits
  • Geological prospecting apparatus - Crown densitometers
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters - Handheld refractometers
  • Harrows
  • Height gauges - Altimeters; Relaskops
  • Hydraulic truck cranes - Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes
  • Laser measuring systems - Laser tree measuring devices
  • Lasers - Laser surveying equipment
  • Lawnmowers - Lawn mowers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Pickup trucks; Trucks
  • Lighters - Terrain torches
  • Lumbering equipment - Clearing hooks; Grass whips
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments - Magnetic locators
  • Map measurers - Planimeters
  • Measuring rods - Stadia rods
  • Measuring tapes - Diameter tapes; Loggers' tapes
  • Measuring wheels for distance - Measuring wheels
  • Metal detectors
  • Moisture meters - Soil moisture meters; Watermark soil moisture data collectors
  • Motorcycles - Trail motorbikes
  • Notebook computers
  • Open stream current meters - Stream flow gauges
  • Open stream water level recorders - Water level recorders
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters
  • Pisciculture supplies - Macroalgae harvesters
  • Planters
  • Portable data input terminals - Field data recorders; Field personal computers PC; Global positioning system GPS data collectors
  • Power saws - Chain saws
  • Prisms - Basal area factor BAF prisms
  • Radarbased surveillance systems - Remote sensing equipment
  • Rainfall recorders - Electronic rain gauges ERR; Forestry rain gauges
  • Rangefinders - Hypsometers; Laser rangefinders
  • Recreational motorboats - Airboats; Boats
  • Reforestation equipment - Brush hooks; Plug spades; Tree planter spades
  • Scanners - Leaf area meter scanning instruments
  • Seed drills
  • Shovels
  • Snowplow attachments - Snowplows
  • Soil core sampling apparatus - Soil augers; Soil probes
  • Sprayers - Gunjets for pressurized sprayers
  • Tensiometers
  • Theodolites - Survey levels; Survey transits; Total stations
  • Tow trucks - Winch trucks
  • Track bulldozers
  • Track excavators - Amphibious excavators; Excavators
  • Tug boats - Tugboats
  • Two way radios
  • Video editors - Video editing equipment
  • Water meters - Water monitoring meters
  • Water pumps - Truck-mounted water pumps
  • Water samplers - Water monitoring samplers
  • Water trucks
  • Wedges
  • Wheel bulldozers - Bulldozers; Rubber-tired bulldozers
  • Winches

Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Geography - Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIE
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 98% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 87% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 67% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 51% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 50% responded “Very important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 60% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 53% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 52% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 35% responded “Very important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 51% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 53% responded “40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 38% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Time Pressure - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 48% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 47% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Letters and Memos - 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 29% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 32% responded “Very important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 47% responded “Very serious.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 52% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 47% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 39% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Level of Competition - 41% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 24% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 30% responded “About half the time.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 39% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 44% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
35%High school diploma or equivalent
35%Associate's degree
14%Bachelor's degree

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.37 hourly, $36,130 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 33,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,000

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