Forest and Conservation Technicians:

Provide 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 and fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,310.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 129
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 6.06 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Attention to Detail
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Following Directions
Math Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards in fire protection settings
Measure environmental characteristics
Monitor soil conditions
Inspect condition of natural environments
Observe fire to note changing threat conditions
Observe weather conditions
Judge terrain conditions for vehicle or equipment operation
Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage
Monitor atmospheric or meteorological conditions
Monitor soil response to management practices
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor forage plant growth
Monitor transportation operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Block physical access to restricted areas
Monitor conditions of fish, beds, or ponds
Monitor agricultural, farming, and forestry equipment operation to detect problems
Control authorized entry and exit in restricted areas
Patrol areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations and laws
Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards
Monitor alarm systems to detect fires or other emergencies
Analyze environmental regulations to ensure organizational compliance
Maintain safe environment for children
Maintain safe work environment
Monitor wildlife populations
Monitor animal behavior, health, or condition
Monitor performance of others
Monitor animal care
Monitor project scope guidelines

Getting Information

Collect statistical data
Research agricultural processes or practices
Survey land or properties
Review maps to determine location or routes
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Conduct biological research
Conduct climatological research
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Research topics for educational media productions
Conduct field trips
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Conduct environmental field research
Collect geographical or geological field data
Collect education or training related data
Search for missing persons
Determine fire causes based upon analysis of evidence
Collect scientific or technical data
Conduct biological laboratory research or experiments
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Conduct biological field research
Study animal development
Determine effects of pollution
Study development of microscopic organisms
Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms
Develop biological research methods
Conduct vivisection for scientific research
Study plant development
Conduct atmospheric research
Examine debris for evidence related to cause of fire
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research-based information
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Research crop management methods
Research microbiological or chemical processes or structures

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze forest conditions
Analyze ecosystem data
Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Analyze environmental data
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs, or trees
Conduct ecological research in natural or industrial environments
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Perform environmental research
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Perform environmental assessment
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Analyze geological samples
Examine biological specimens
Perform Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) related research
Interpret research data
Determine geographic coordinates
Analyze biological samples
Perform biological testing
Analyze chemical compounds or substances
Analyze cellular, molecular, or biological compounds
Monitor chemical action of substances
Analyze the chemical structures, properties, and reactions of organic or carbon compounds
Analyze chemical or biological data
Interpret laws or legislation
Provide scientific or technical research assistance
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Evaluate impact of regulations or laws
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Analyze market conditions or trends
Examine animals to detect illness, disease, or injury

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct fire line activities during forest fire
Direct firefighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Conduct public land management such as forestry or range management
Manage agricultural or forestry operations
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Direct loading of fire suppression equipment
Supervise technical personnel
Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities or drills
Supervise scientific or research-based personnel
Supervise agricultural, farming, or forestry personnel or contractors
Manage waste removal and recycling programs
Manage use and upkeep of laboratory environment or facility
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Supervise security, law enforcement, or protective services personnel
Manage wildlife populations
Protect property from fire or water damage
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Manage use and upkeep of organizational facilities
Manage organizational or program policies
Direct agricultural, farming, or forestry research and investigative studies
Oversee activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles
Manage financial activities of the organization
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Supervise student research or internship work
Manage project life cycle
Direct environmental sustainability or development activities

Performing General Physical Activities

Control forest fires
Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
Locate fires or fire danger areas
Operate firefighting equipment
Rescue people or animals from dangerous or hazardous situations
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Plant agricultural crops
Identify public safety hazards
Perform forest firefighting activities
Fell trees for timber or land clearing
Cut brush for removal or trimming
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Transplant plants and crops
Guard area or premises
Plant trees or plants
Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Scale trees as work requires
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Issue warnings or citations
Prepare work environment to assure proper ventilation and personal protection
Care for animals
Handle wild, domestic, or farm animals
Move heavy objects in security, law enforcement, or protective services environments
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work
Groom animals for beautification or health
Provide food and water to wild, domestic, or farm animals
Capture animals or insects for control, identification, relocation, sale, or research
Move heavy objects in agricultural, farming, or forestry settings
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Parachute from aircraft

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise others on forestry operations, regulations, or equipment
Recommend conservation measures
Advise scientific or research personnel
Advise persons on rural or urban land use
Advise others about land management or conservation
Advise others on matters of public policy
Advise others regarding environmental practices, standards, or concerns
Recommend improvements to work methods, procedures, or products
Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks
Advise planning officials concerning regional or urban projects
Advise others on educational matters
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance
Recommend measures to physically protect employees
Advise others on scientific or research-based issues
Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies
Advise others on the development or use of new technologies
Advise industrial or manufacturing personnel
Identify actions needed to bring properties or facilities into compliance with regulations
Serve on institutional or departmental committees
Advise students on education and career related issues
Assist students with classes, courses, or extracurricular activities
Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials
Serve on planning, governance, or administrative committees
Serve on academic, scientific, and advisory committees

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify tree or plant species
Identify plant diseases
Identify diseased, weak, or undesirable trees or plants
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify erosion patterns
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify animal or insect species
Identify characteristics of cloth, fabric, paper, or pulp
Identify properties of soil or fluid samples
Identify characteristics of livestock, domestic animals, and other animals
Classify materials or products according to specifications
Mark agricultural or forestry products for identification
Determine crops or timber ready for harvest
Classify information according to content or purpose
Mark crops or timber to be harvested
Identify desirable and undesirable vegetation
Identify properties of rocks or minerals
Select educational materials or equipment
Select animals to be bred

Thinking Creatively

Develop plans to manage natural resources
Write public sector or institutional research and grant proposals
Develop improved or alternative agricultural methods
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Develop informational maps or charts
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop public policies, procedures, or standards
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Determine operational procedures for fire fighting activities
Design ponds and lakes
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws in biology
Develop technical or scientific databases
Write educational research or project grant proposals
Develop sustainable environmental protection practices or methods
Develop renewable resource management plans
Prepare grant applications
Develop basic data repositories or databases
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws in environmental science
Identify sustainable business practices
Design construction projects
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Conduct long-term forest or range land planning
Plan ecological projects such as forestation, reforestation, or range revegetation
Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects
Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs
Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
Plan environmental research
Develop environmental remediation or protection plans
Plan activity and work schedules
Plan harvesting or cultivating activities
Plan surveys of target population
Prepare activity or work schedules
Lead educational department activities
Develop plans for scientific or research related programs
Plan biological research
Develop environmental research methods
Plan construction of structures or facilities
Prepare detailed work plans
Update emergency procedures
Organize speakers or judges for classes, events, or programs

Training and Teaching Others

Prepare operational reports or presentations
Prepare environmental reports
Prepare educational reports or presentations
Prepare tests
Develop instructional materials
Organize educational material or ideas
Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures
Prepare Health, Safety, or Environmental (HSE) reports
Develop educational presentations
Train security, law enforcement, or protective services personnel
Educate the public about fire safety or prevention
Develop lesson, course, or training objectives
Train others in the use of agricultural, farming, or forestry equipment
Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
Evaluate student performance
Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress
Update instructional or educational curricula
Develop educational and instructional programs
Select method of instruction
Select teaching materials
Train workers in forestry techniques
Train others in the use of scientific, laboratory, or research-based equipment
Teach post-secondary courses
Train others on safety issues or procedures
Evaluate students for needs, skills, or educational potential
Monitor student progress
Teach work related or interest-based courses
Guide class discussions

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Implement pollution control techniques
Follow safety procedures and regulations in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Determine best method for attacking fire
Determine methods of land or forest management
Conduct evacuation procedures
Breed animals to propagate stock or to develop new type
Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments involving conservation or land management
Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments involving biological studies
Perform animal euthanasia
Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Implement air quality control measures
Employ statistical process control procedures
Modify firefighting work procedures, processes, or plans
Evaluate emergency situations to determine level of assistance required
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Determine project implementation methods and procedures
Determine best method for applying prescribed fire

Documenting/Recording Information

Record test or inspection results, procedures, or data
Record research or operational data
Maintain operational records, files, or reports
Maintain scientific or technical records
Maintain Health, Safety, or Environmental (HSE) records
Record information about environmental conditions
Maintain public records
Record student progress
Maintain educational records
Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance
Prepare research-based technical reports or presentations
Prepare investigation or incident reports
Integrate field notes into technical drawings
Prepare documentation for forms, applications, permits, or licenses

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Supervisory Skills
Natural Resource Management
Land Use
Chain Saws
Conservation Planning

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