CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Forest and Conservation Workers

The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Summary Job Description Tasks
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, and tree planters. Check equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
Confer with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
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.
Sort and separate tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts and verbal instructions.
Maintain campsites or recreational areas, replenishing firewood or other supplies and cleaning kitchens or restrooms.
Sow or harvest cover crops, such as alfalfa.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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.
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).
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
Geographic information system GIS software Map creation software
Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE Map creation software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Backhoes Backhoes
Backpack sprayers Sprayers
Brush hogs Mowers
Chain saws Power saws
Claw hammers Hammers
Dibblers Dibblers
Directional compasses Geological compasses
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Electronic measuring devices Distance meters
Epicormic knives Forestry saws
Fire plows Earthmoving shovels
Fire trucks Fire or rescue trucks
Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers Global positioning system receivers
Hand saws Saws
Hard hats Hard hats
Harvesting machines Harvesters
Herbicide sprayers Sprayers
Loppers Secateurs or pruning shears
Mattocks Picks
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Motorboats Recreational motorboats
Multipurpose tractors Agricultural tractors
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Planting drills Planters
Portable data collectors Portable data input terminals
Portable ladders Ladders
Power drills Power drills
Protective ear muffs Ear muffs
Pruning saws Forestry saws
Riding mowers Lawnmowers
Spades Spades
Spray guns Hand sprayers
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Two way radios Two way radios
Water pumps Water pumps
Weedeaters Weeders
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Blister Rust Eradicator
Box Chipper
Box Cutter
Box Puller
Chemical Sprayer
Christmas Tree Farm Manager
Christmas Tree Farm Worker
Christmas Tree Farmer
Christmas Tree Grader
Christmas Tree Grower
Cone Picker
Conservation Officer
Conservation Specialist
Conservation Worker
Farm Hand
Farm Laborer
Fern Cutter
Fern Gatherer
Fern Picker
Field Laborer
Forest Aide
Forest Nursery Worker
Forest Products Gatherer
Forest Ranger
Forest Technician
Forest Worker
Forester Aide
Forestry Conservation Worker
Forestry Farm Laborer
Forestry Laborer
Forestry Support Specialist
Forestry Technician
Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator)
Greens Picker
Greens Tier
Ground Crewman
Gum Dipper
Moss Picker
Nursery Worker
Nut Picker
Palm Gatherer
Pitch Gatherer
Production Technician
Range Aide
Rangelands Conservation Laborer
Reforestation Worker
Sap Gatherer
Scrape Gatherer
Seasonal Greenery Bundler
Seedling Puller
Seedling Sorter
Spanish Moss Picker
Tar Heel
Timber Deadener
Timber Killer
Timber Poisoner
Tree Chipper
Tree Climber
Tree Deadener
Tree Farm Manager
Tree Farmer
Tree Killer
Tree Planter
Tree Sapper
Tree Scout
Tree Tapping Laborer
Tree Trimmer
Tree Wrapper
Wetlands Conservation Laborer
Woods Laborer
Yarrow Gatherer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Workers
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