Researches or studies range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Regulates grazing, and helps ranchers plan and organize grazing systems in order to manage, improve and protect rangelands and maximize their use.
- Measures and assesses vegetation resources for biological assessment companies, environmental impact statements, and rangeland monitoring programs.
- Maintains soil stability and vegetation for non-grazing uses, such as wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation.
- Mediates agreements among rangeland users and preservationists as to appropriate land use and management.
- Studies rangeland management practices and researches range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
- Manages forage resources through fire, herbicide use, or revegetation to maintain a sustainable yield from the land.
- Offers advice to rangeland users on water management, forage production methods, and control of brush.
- Tailors conservation plans to landowners' goals, such as livestock support, wildlife, or recreation.
- Plans and directs construction and maintenance of range improvements such as fencing, corrals, stock-watering reservoirs and soil-erosion control structures.
- Develops technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of range lands and related grazing lands.