conservation technicians compile data on the size, content, and
condition of forest land. These workers usually work in a forest under
the supervision of a forester, doing specific tasks such as measuring
timber, supervising harvesting operations, assisting in road building
operations, and locating property lines and features.
They also may
gather basic information, such as data on populations of trees, disease
and insect damage, tree seedling mortality, and conditions that may pose
a fire hazard. In addition, forest and conservation technicians train
and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as
planting tree seedlings, and maintaining recreational facilities.
Increasing numbers of forest and conservation technicians work in urban
forestry -- the study of individual trees in cities -- and other
nontraditional specialties, rather than in forests or rural areas.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.