Forestry Conservation Technician

Together with a team of foresters and conservation scientists forestry conservation technicians work to maintain the integrity of forests while supervising and overseeing the work of logging companies the construction of roads and facilities within forests and fire prevention efforts. Depending on the particular forest the job duties of a forestry conservation technician can be either broad or specific. A great deal of their job responsibilities involve gathering data and maintaining records on the number of trees in any given area and whether or not the trees have been affected by fire insects natural death or destruction due to man. They also help determine where new trees should be planted and where new development or construction should take place. They do all of their work with the health of the forest and the wildlife that live in the forest as a top priority. Sometimes in an effort to help prevent natural forest fires or to help control damage done by insects forestry conservation technicians will recommend areas where trees should be thinned. A forestry conservation technician spends a great deal of time outdoors sometimes in very remote areas of the forest. Therefore proper safety protocol and a high level of experience and knowledge on how to deal with wild animals are essential. According to www.citytowninfo.com an associate’s degree is the minimum education required for this career and many employers require a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in forest technology. The largest employers of forestry conservation technicians are state and federal governments. However some private scientific firms and tree logging companies also employ forestry conservation technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for this career is approximately $33000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $33000
High Salary: $36000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Monitors activities of logging companies.
Oversees the planting and/or removal of trees.
Identifies property lines.
Manages forest protection activities.
Also Called: Forester
Conservation Technician
Forestry Technician
Forestry Conservation Scientist
Additional Resources: http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment/forest-and-conservation-technicians
http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes194093.htm
http://diplomaguide.com/articles/Forestry_Technician_Career_Overview.html