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Forest and Conservation Workers - 45-4011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Under supervision, perform 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Conservation Officer
  • Crew Leader
  • Field Laborer
  • Foreman
  • Forest Resource Specialist
  • Forestry Support Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
  • Park Maintainer
  • Reforestation Worker
  • Tree Planter

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
  • Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
  • Drag cut trees from cutting areas and load trees onto trucks.
  • Erect signs or fences, using posthole diggers, shovels, or other hand tools.
  • Examine and grade trees according to standard charts and staple color-coded grade tags to limbs.
  • Explain or enforce regulations regarding camping, vehicle use, fires, use of buildings, or sanitation.
  • Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.
  • Gather, package, or deliver forest products to buyers.
  • Identify diseased or undesirable trees and remove them, using power saws or hand saws.
  • Maintain campsites or recreational areas, replenishing firewood or other supplies and cleaning kitchens or restrooms.
  • Maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
  • Operate skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
  • Perform fire protection or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or disposing of brush.
  • Provide assistance to forest survey crews by clearing site-lines, holding measuring tools, or setting stakes.
  • Prune or shear tree tops or limbs to control growth, increase density, or improve shape.
  • Select or cut trees according to markings or sizes, types, or grades.
  • Select tree seedlings, prepare the ground, or plant the trees in reforestation areas, using manual planting tools.
  • Sort tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
  • Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.
  • Spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
  • Thin or space trees, using power thinning saws.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment.
  • Apply chemical solutions to plants to protect against disease or insects or to enhance growth.
  • Build agricultural structures.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities.
  • Cut trees or logs.
  • Determine forestry techniques or methods.
  • Evaluate quality of plants or crops.
  • Harvest agricultural products.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Operate forestry equipment.
  • Perform forest firefighting activities.
  • Plant crops, trees, or other plants.
  • Record agricultural or forestry inventory data.
  • Sort forestry or agricultural materials.
  • Transport animals, crops, or equipment.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Christmas-Tree Farm Worker
  • Christmas-Tree Grader
  • Forest Worker
  • Forest-Products Gatherer
  • Laborer, Tree Tapping
  • Seedling Puller
  • Seedling Sorter
  • Tree Planter