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Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors | Forest / Conservation Technician

Forest / Conservation Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Forest or Conservation Technician works with foresters and conservation scientists to help maintain forests and natural areas. Tracks data on water, soil, disease and insect damage in forest areas; tracks wildlife and maintain trails or campsites; monitors timber and logging activity; patrols and assists with forest fire prevention measures; provides information to the public on forest or natural areas conservation .

Job Outlook

There were 371 Forest / Conservation Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8746 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Forest / Conservation Technician industry, which includes the Forest / Conservation Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Forest / Conservation Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $47,271.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,863.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Forest / Conservation Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $37,838.

Education and Experience

Posted Forest / Conservation Technician jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree8.2%
Bachelor's Degree21.4%
Master's Degree7.29%
Doctoral Degree3.18%
Other26.41%

Posted Forest / Conservation Technician jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years70.3%
3 to 5 years25.78%
6 to 8 years2.59%
9+ years1.32%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Forest / Conservation Technician positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (33.03%)
  • Communication (20.27%)
  • Operations (20.16%)
  • Planning (12.75%)
  • Research (11.24%)
  • Lifting Ability (9.74%)
  • Coordinating (9.59%)
  • Customer Service (9.11%)
  • Leadership (7.43%)
  • Writing (7.41%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Fire Behavior (9.71%)
  • Forest Management (11.69%)
  • Fire Management (10.24%)
  • Forestry (53.98%)
  • Wildfire Suppression (18.65%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Fire Suppression Systems (15.31%)
  • Chainsaws (18.3%)
  • Resource Management (8.24%)
  • Mowing (10.64%)
  • Hand Tools (14.25%)
  • Natural Resource Management (13.69%)
  • Power Tool Operation (10.94%)
  • Machinery (7.91%)
  • Biology (15.99%)
  • Field Research (5.8%)
  • Agriculture (14.41%)
  • Land Management (11.1%)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12.69%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Rangeland Management (5.7%)
  • Reforestation (5.43%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Fire Behavior (68.48%)
  • Fire Management (72.19%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Forest / Conservation Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Forestry Technician
  • Natural Resources Specialist
  • Skidder Operator
  • Field Laborer
  • Natural Resources Technician
  • Conservation Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Forestry Aide
  • Environmental Field Laborer
  • Wildland Firefighter

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Forest / Conservation Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • United States Forest Service (740)
  • United States Department of the Interior (272)
  • The Nature Conservancy (187)
  • Clean Harbors (111)
  • State of North Carolina (89)
  • State of Ohio (84)
  • National Park Service (80)
  • Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania (80)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (72)
  • State of Louisiana (54)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (93)
  • United States Forest Service (27)
  • Commonwealth Of Virginia (16)
  • Koppers Railroad Structures (15)
  • Smithfield Foods (12)
  • WakeMed (8)
  • Hirschbach (7)
  • Wake Forest University (6)
  • Follett Corporation (6)
  • Novant Health (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!