Forest and Conservation Workers
Core Tasks Include:
- Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
- Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- Fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians.
- Perform fire protection or suppression duties, such as constructing fire breaks or disposing of brush.
- Select or cut trees according to markings or sizes, types, or grades.
- Identify diseased or undesirable trees and remove them, using power saws or hand saws.
- Spray or inject vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
- Drag cut trees from cutting areas and load trees onto trucks.
- Thin or space trees, using power thinning saws.
- Maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
- Gather, package, or deliver forest products to buyers.
- Erect signs or fences, using posthole diggers, shovels, or other hand tools.
- Prune or shear tree tops or limbs to control growth, increase density, or improve shape.
- Select tree seedlings, prepare the ground, or plant the trees in reforestation areas, using manual planting tools.
- Provide assistance to forest survey crews by clearing site-lines, holding measuring tools, or setting stakes.
- Explain or enforce regulations regarding camping, vehicle use, fires, use of buildings, or sanitation.
- Operate skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
- Examine and grade trees according to standard charts and staple color-coded grade tags to limbs.
- Maintain campsites or recreational areas, replenishing firewood or other supplies and cleaning kitchens or restrooms.
- Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.
- Sort tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™.