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Forest and Conservation Technicians - 19-4093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

  • Forest Technician
  • Forestry Technician
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Resource Manager
  • Resource Technician
  • Conservationist
  • Fire Technician
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forestry Aide
  • Natural Resources Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Conduct laboratory or field experiments with plants, animals, insects, diseases and soils.
  • Develop and maintain computer databases.
  • Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark and roots to locate insect and disease damage.
  • Install gauges, stream flow recorders, and soil moisture measuring instruments, and collect and record data from them to assist with watershed analysis.
  • Issue fire permits, timber permits and other forest use licenses.
  • 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.
  • Measure distances, clean site-lines, and record data to help survey crews.
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • 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.
  • Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public.
  • Provide information about, and enforce, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention.
  • Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys, or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.
  • 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.
  • Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
  • 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.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation.
  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials.
  • Collect biological specimens.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Cultivate land.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Prepare documentation for permits or licenses.
  • Prepare maps.
  • Record research or operational data.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Survey land or properties.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Forester Aide
  • Soil-Conservation Technician