Forest and Conservation Workers


Also called : Conservation Officer, Field Laborer, Forest Resource Specialist, Forestry Support Specialist, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Park Maintainer, Reforestation Worker, Tree

What they do


Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • Geography
      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security
      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administrative
      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    SKILLS


    • Coordination
      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening
      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking
      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making
      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    ABILITIES


    • Problem Sensitivity
      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.

    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression
      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Information Ordering
      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Independence
      Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Electronic mail software

    • Geographic information system

    • Map creation software

    • Office suite software

    • Operating system software

    • Presentation software

    • Project management software

    • Spreadsheet software

    • Word processing software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Medium Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

    • Experience

      Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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