Forest and Conservation Workers

Helping to maintain and preserve natural surroundings

the nitty gritty

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Top compatible occupations

  • Conservation Officer
  • Crew Leader
  • Field Laborer
  • Foreman
  • Forest Resource Specialist
  • Forestry Support Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
  • Park Maintainer
  • Reforestation Worker
  • Tree Planter
  • Work outdoors
  • Help the environment
  • Improves health of the forest
talk to a mentor
  • Possible duties
  • Skills & education
  • Related resources
  • Get started
  • Possible Duties

    • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
    • Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
    • Gather, package, or deliver forest products to buyers.
    • Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.
    • Spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
    • Maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
    • Identify diseased or undesirable trees and remove them, using power saws or hand saws.
    • Drag cut trees from cutting areas and load trees onto trucks.
    • Sort tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
    • Operate skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
    • Explain or enforce regulations regarding camping, vehicle use, fires, use of buildings, or sanitation.
    • Perform fire protection or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or disposing of brush.
    • Examine and grade trees according to standard charts and staple color-coded grade tags to limbs.
    • Erect signs or fences, using posthole diggers, shovels, or other hand tools.
    • Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.
    • Provide assistance to forest survey crews by clearing site-lines, holding measuring tools, or setting stakes.
  • Skills and education

    • Coordination
    • Speaking
    • Active Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Judgment and Decision Making
    • Monitoring
    • Complex Problem Solving
    • Time Management
  • Related Sources

  • How do I get started?

    We can help you determine if this field is for you, and even help with job placement. Contact us today.

Possible Duties

  • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
  • Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
  • Gather, package, or deliver forest products to buyers.
  • Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.
  • Spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
  • Maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
  • Identify diseased or undesirable trees and remove them, using power saws or hand saws.
  • Drag cut trees from cutting areas and load trees onto trucks.
  • Sort tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
  • Operate skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
  • Explain or enforce regulations regarding camping, vehicle use, fires, use of buildings, or sanitation.
  • Perform fire protection or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or disposing of brush.
  • Examine and grade trees according to standard charts and staple color-coded grade tags to limbs.
  • Erect signs or fences, using posthole diggers, shovels, or other hand tools.
  • Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.
  • Provide assistance to forest survey crews by clearing site-lines, holding measuring tools, or setting stakes.

Skills and education

  • Coordination
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Monitoring
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Time Management

Related Sources

How do I get started?

Here is some text that needs said.