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.