Forestry technicians help develop and protect forests.
Forestry technicians work under the direction of a forester. One of their tasks is to collect and record data on the size, content, and condition of forests.
$14.40 per hour on average
The outlook is Poor
|Education & Training
Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) is common.
|Related Programs (Current training programs available)
|On the Job
- Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors. Keep records of logs taken to mills.
- Manage various fire control activities, including fire crew training, fire detection, and public education programs.
- Examine and grade trees according to chart and mark with color-coded tags.
- Sort, plant, and cultivate tree seedlings to reforest land.
- Spray trees, brush, and weeds with herbicides to fight insects and harmful diseases.
- Identify and cut weak or diseased trees to protect forest areas. May prune trees to control growth.
- Gather and record data on forest size, content, and condition.
- Train and lead conservation workers in planting seedlings, putting out fires, and maintaining recreation facilities.
- Clear and pile brush and limbs from roadsides, fire trails, camping areas, and planting areas.
- Cut down trees and clear brush from fire breaks. Put out flames and embers to suppress fires.
- Assist foresters with other tasks, including clearing site-lines and cutting trees.
- Issue fire, timber, and other related forest permits.
- May develop and maintain computer databases to track projects.
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