Provides 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway, Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Keeps records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
- Manages forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.
- Trains and leads forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities.
- Surveys, measures, and maps access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
- Selects and marks trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.
- Provides information about, and enforces, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention.
- Monitors activities of logging companies and contractors.
- Supervises forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.
- Patrols park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
- Thins and spaces trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervises workers performing these tasks.