Silviculture Tech

A silviculture technician is a professional who has a deep understanding of the forest the growth patterns of trees and negative andor positive ways in which humans affect the health of a forested region. They work closely with silviculturists and other forestry professionals in determining the least destructive ways in which forests can be utilized by humans such as for recreational purposes without allowing the impact of humans to affect how well the forest thrives. A silviculture technician is often referred to as a “forest surveyor” because one aspect of their job is to inventory specific forest areas. According to the website a silviculture technician is responsible for many aspects of forestry management including determining where new trees should be planted recognizing when specific tree species seem to be suffering or thriving noticing when areas have become too thick and need to be thinned for fire control purposes and realizing when devastating insects have invaded a particular area and need to be controlled. An associate’s degree in the field of forestry or forestry technology is usually required for most positions in this profession but most practical skills are learned through on-the-job experience. It is important for all silviculture technicians know and understand all governmental regulations that apply to forest land. Additionally knowledge of global positioning systems and GIS software is helpful as well as being in good physical condition due to the fact that most work is completed outdoors and often deep within heavily forested areas. The job of a silviculture technician can be year-round but some positions are part-time. With full-time employment silviculture technicians can expect to earn between $30000 and $50000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $40000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Understands the health and growth patterns of trees.
Works to protect forests.
Helps to deter diseases that spread in trees.
Assists with reforestation efforts.
Also Called: Silviculturist
Silviculture Surveyor
Forestry Contractor
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