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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, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Christmas Tree Farmer
  • Conservation Officer
  • Field Laborer
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forest Resource Specialist
  • Forestry Support Specialist
  • Park Maintainer
  • Reforestation Worker
  • Tree Farmer
  • Tree Planter

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inspect equipment or facilities to determine condition or maintenance needs.
  • Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification.
  • Operate forestry equipment.
  • Perform forest firefighting activities.
  • Perform manual agricultural, aquacultural, or horticultural tasks.
  • 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

  • Fire Protection (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Fire Protection Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pest Management Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

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