Under supervision, performs 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Checks equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
- Confers with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
- Gathers, packages, or delivers forest products to buyers.
- Sows or harvests cover crops, such as alfalfa.
- Sprays or injects vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
- Maintains tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
- Identifies diseased or undesirable trees and removes them, using power saws or hand saws.
- Drags cut trees from cutting areas and loads trees onto trucks.
- Sorts tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
- Operates skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
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