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Forest and Conservation Workers

Forest and Conservation Workers
Quick Facts : Forest and Conservation Workers*
2010 Median Pay$23,900
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201213,700
Job Outlook1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change100

Forest and conservation workers measure and improve the quality of forests. They select or cut trees according to markings, sizes, types, or grades. Under the supervision of foresters and forest and conservation technicians, they help to develop, maintain, and protect forests.

What Forest and Conservation Workers Do

  • Plant seedlings to reforest land
  • Count trees during tree-measuring efforts
  • Identify and remove diseased or undesirable trees
  • Inject vegetation with insecticides and herbicides
  • Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly

Work Environment

Forest and conversation workers typically work outdoors, sometimes in remote locations and in all types of weather. Workers use proper safety measures and equipment, such as hardhats, protective eyewear, and safety clothing.
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Job Outlook

Employment of forest and conservation workers is expected to experience little or no change, growing 1 percent from 2010 to 2020 .
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In May 2010 the average salary of forest and conservation workers was $23,900.
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Becoming a Forest and Conservation Workers

Forest and conservation workers typically need a high school diploma before they begin working. Entry-level forest and conservation workers generally get on-the-job training as they help more experienced workers.
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