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Life As a Forest and Conservation Technician

Occupation 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.

What Do Forest and Conservation Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
  • 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.
  • Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews.
  • Conduct laboratory or field experiments with plants, animals, insects, diseases, and soils.

What a Conservation Technician Should Know

Forest and Conservation Technicians state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

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

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.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

  • Forestry Technician
  • Park Warden
  • Grazing Examiner
  • Conservation Technician
  • Conservation Specialist

Job Outlook for Forest and Conservation Technicians

In the United States, there were 33,200 jobs for Forest and Conservation Technician in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 3.9% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,300 new jobs for Forest and Conservation Technician by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,000 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Conservation Technician are Nevada, Florida, and Louisiana. Watch out if you plan on working in Maryland, West Virginia, or Oklahoma. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Conservation Technician Make?

Forest and Conservation Technicians make between $26,600 and $57,700 a year.

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Forest and Conservation Technicians who work in Kansas, Pennsylvania, or Mississippi, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Forest and Conservation Technicians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $43,970
Alaska $47,830
Arizona $38,270
Arkansas $46,020
California $41,010
Colorado $39,120
Connecticut $47,150
Florida $46,050
Georgia $45,880
Idaho $37,950
Illinois $46,650
Indiana $37,980
Iowa $39,560
Kansas $46,180
Kentucky $37,620
Louisiana $43,890
Maine $47,270
Maryland $43,500
Massachusetts $47,530
Michigan $38,350
Minnesota $44,430
Mississippi $47,400
Missouri $43,780
Montana $37,100
Nebraska $44,990
Nevada $38,960
New Hampshire $39,130
New Mexico $37,480
New York $42,070
North Carolina $40,700
North Dakota $44,480
Ohio $40,190
Oklahoma $45,670
Oregon $40,490
Pennsylvania $49,170
South Carolina $45,500
South Dakota $37,530
Tennessee $38,120
Texas $43,880
Utah $33,750
Vermont $41,250
Virginia $42,080
Washington $39,900
West Virginia $41,100
Wisconsin $35,320
Wyoming $36,430

What Tools do Forest and Conservation Technicians Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Forest and Conservation Technicians:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Database software
  • Facebook
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • RockWare ArcMap
  • Photogrammetric software

How do I Become a Conservation Technician?

What kind of Forest and Conservation Technician requirements are there?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Forest and Conservation Technicians?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Forest and Conservation Technicians employed by various industries.

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Image Credit: Bureau of Land Management via Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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