Forest and Conservation Technicians

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources > Natural Resources Systems

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Forest and Conservation Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 35.31% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 34.89% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

Essential Tasks

    Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.

Regular Tasks

    Provide information about, and enforce, regulations, such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety, and accident prevention.

    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.

    Map forest tract data using digital mapping systems.

    Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads.

    Develop and maintain computer databases.

    Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.

Occasional Tasks

    Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark, and roots to locate insect and disease damage.

    Perform reforestation or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement.

    Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public.

    Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews.

    Issue fire permits, timber permits, and other forest use licenses.

    Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.

    Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.

    Manage forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.

    Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.

    Install gauges, stream flow recorders, and soil moisture measuring instruments, and collect and record data from them to assist with watershed analysis.

    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.

    Conduct laboratory or field experiments with plants, animals, insects, diseases, and soils.

    Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.



Winch trucks

Wildland fire pumper trucks

Wheeler pentaprism calipers


Watermark soil moisture data collectors

Water trucks

All Tools

Water samplers

Water monitoring samplers

Water monitoring meters

Water level recorders

Video editing equipment

Two way radios



Truck-mounted water pumps

Truck cranes

Tree planter spades

Tree corers


Trail motorbikes

Track bulldozers

Total stations


Terrain torches


Survey transits

Survey levels

Stream flow gauges

Stadia rods


Soil probes

Soil moisture meters

Soil augers


Slurry buckets



Seed drills

Rubber-tired bulldozers

Remote video cameras

Remote sensing equipment


Pulaski tools

Pruning saws


Pocket transits

Plug spades



Pickup trucks

pH meters

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Moisture meters

Metal detectors

Measuring wheels

McLeod tools

Mantax computer tree calipers

Magnetic locators

Macroalgae harvesters

Loggers’ tapes

Leaf area meter scanning instruments

Lawn mowers

Laser tree measuring devices

Laser surveying equipment

Laser rangefinders

Increment borers


Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes

Hydraulic dredges


Handheld refractometers

Gunjets for pressurized sprayers

Grass whips

Global positioning system GPS receivers

Global positioning system GPS data collectors

Girdling tools

Gill nets

Geological compasses

Front end loaders

Frame nets


Forestry rain gauges

Fire plows

Field personal computers PC

Field data recorders

Fertilizer spreaders

Farm tractors


Electroshocking boats

Electronic rain gauges ERR

Dump trucks

Digital cameras


Diameter tapes

Desktop computers

Crown densitometers


Clearing hooks

Chain saws



Brush trucks

Brush hooks


Basal area factor BAF prisms



Aquatic weed harvesters

Amphibious excavators


All terrain vehicles ATV


Aerial bucket trucks


Autodesk AutoCAD LT

Computer aided design CAD software

ESRI ArcGIS software


Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP

Allegro Landmark

Assisi Software Compiler

All Technologies

Assisi Software Forest

Assisi Software Forest Inventory

Atterbury Consultants SuperAce

Ben Meadows Yeoman Expedition

Computer graphics software

Corel Presentation

ESRI ArcView

Fire behavior modeling software

Forest EcoSurvey

Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS

Geomechanical design analysis GDA software

Haglof Sweden AB TCruise Forest Inventory


JRP Consulting Plant Wizard

JRP Consulting Survey Wizard

Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE

LJI Technologies Lumberjack

LoggerPC software

PhoenixPRO Forest Activity Tracking

Photogrammetric software

Remote sensing software

RockWare ArcMap

Traverse PC


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


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Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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