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Forest and Conservation Workers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    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 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.

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38490/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.5/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 40
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Independence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Sprayers
    • Screwdrivers
    • Forestry saws
    • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
    • Agricultural tractors

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Map creation software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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