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, 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 $40,220.00
Average Time to Fill 45 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 120
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 13.64 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify characteristics of cloth, fabric, paper or pulp
Identify plant diseases
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify diseased, weak, or undesirable trees or plants
Identify tree or plant species
Identify erosion patterns
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Identify crops or timber to be harvested
Determine crops or timber ready for harvest

Performing General Physical Activities

Harvest agricultural or aquacultural crops
Cultivate agricultural and aquacultural crops for harvesting
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Transplant plants and crops
Plant agricultural crops
Guard area or premises
Enforce laws, ordinances, or regulations
Operate emergency fire or rescue equipment
Cut brush for removal or trimming
Extinguish municipal or forest fires
Control municipal or forest fires
Fell trees for timber or land clearing
Scale trees as work requires

Getting Information

Survey land or properties
Research agricultural processes or practices
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Conduct biological research
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Review maps to determine location or routes

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Observe fire to note changing conditions
Inspect condition of natural environments
Judge terrain conditions for vehicle or equipment operation
Monitor agricultural, farming, and forestry equipment operation to detect problems
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor operations to ensure compliance with safety or security policies or regulations
Monitor soil conditions
Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage

Analyzing Data or Information

Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze forest conditions
Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs or trees
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Interpret laws or legislation

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct fire fighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Direct loading of fire suppression equipment
Direct fire line activities during forest fire
Manage agricultural or forestry operations
Conduct forestry, range, or other public land management
Supervise scientific or technical personnel

Thinking Creatively

Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop technical or scientific databases
Design ponds and lakes
Develop informational maps or charts
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise persons on rural or urban land use
Advise others about land management or conservation
Recommend conservation measures
Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment
Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Follow safety procedures and regulations in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Implement pollution control techniques
Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Determine best method for attacking fire
Determine negligence or violation of laws or regulations

Documenting/Recording Information

Maintain scientific records, reports, or files
Record research or operational data
Maintain agricultural or forestry records, reports, or files
Record test or inspection results, procedures, or data
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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