Forest / Conservation Technician
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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 .
There were 373 Forest / Conservation Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7301 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $51,971.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,603.
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 $32,529.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||50%|
|3 to 5 years||35%|
|6 to 8 years||11%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (27%)
- Planning (20%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
- Physical Abilities (16%)
- English (15%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Natural Resources (25%)
- Fire Suppression (18%)
- Range Management (14%)
- Wildlife Management (13%)
- Soil Science (12%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Risk Management (18%)
- Vaccination (16%)
- Repair (15%)
- Personnel Management (14%)
- Commercial Driving (12%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Natural Resource Management (6%)
- Resource Management (6%)
- Land Management (6%)
- Fire Control (5%)
- Environmental Education (4%)
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 along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Resource Conservation (3%) – marginal value $6,556
- Conservation Planning (2%) – marginal value $5,180
- Hydrology (1%) – marginal value $5,079
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
- Forest Ranger
- Lead Control Management Officer
- Forestry Technician Recreation
- Senior Lead Control Management Officer
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.
- Biological Technician
- Conservation Scientist / Park Ranger
- Wildlife Biologist
- Soil / Plant Scientist
- Agricultural Lender
- Civil Engineering Technician
Here are the employers that have posted the most Forest / Conservation Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Wells Fargo (1317)
- Forest Service (891)
- Bureau of Land Management (155)
- State of Nebraska (146)
- National Park Service (108)
- Wells Fargo (189)
- Forest Service (18)
- Bojangles' (4)
- Falls Lake State Recreation Area (4)
- American Conservation Experience (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!
- Climate Adaptation Graduate Certificates
- Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management Master's Degrees
- Soil Science Undergraduate Certificates
- Soil Science Master's Degrees