Forest/Conservation Technician  What They Do

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Forest and Conservation Technicians Career Video



Provides 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.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Thins and spaces trees and controls weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervises workers performing these tasks.
  • Trains and leads forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
  • Patrols park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • Provides information about, and enforces, regulations, such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety, and accident prevention.
  • Maps forest tract data using digital mapping systems.
  • Keeps records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
  • Manages forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.
  • Monitors activities of logging companies and contractors.
  • Performs reforestation or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement.
  • Plans and supervises construction of access routes and forest roads.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Conservationist -- Works to protect the environment by protecting and managing grasslands, woodlands, mountains, rivers, coastal areas and marine habitat; may also work to save endangered species and protect their habitats.
  • Fire Technician --
  • Forest Ranger -- Responsible for the care and conservation of designated wild areas and parks that are held both nationally and locally.
  • Forest Technician --
  • Forestry Aide --
  • Forestry Technician --
  • Natural Resources Technician -- Duties may include identifying plants or animals, testing water quality, counting and tagging animals, building trails, measuring trees, and navigating to a site using maps and global positioning.
  • Resource Manager --
  • Resource Technician --
  • Wildlife Technician -- Studies the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife.