CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Forest and Conservation Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats. Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires and maintaining recreational facilities.
Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors.
Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads.
Thin and space trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervise workers performing these tasks.
Manage forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs.
Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections.
Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage.
Provide information about, and enforce, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention.
Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills.
Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs.
Issue fire permits, timber permits and other forest use licenses.
Develop and maintain computer databases.
Measure distances, clean site-lines, and record data to help survey crews.
Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads.
Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public.
Perform reforestation, or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement.
Conduct laboratory or field experiments with plants, animals, insects, diseases and soils.
Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys, or experimental forestry and forest engineering research.
Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark and roots to locate insect and disease damage.
Install gauges, stream flow recorders, and soil moisture measuring instruments, and collect and record data from them to assist with watershed analysis.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
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.
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
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.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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.
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.
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.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Spatial Orientation The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Rate Control The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Allegro Landmark Map creation software
Assisi Software Compiler Data base user interface and query software
Assisi Software Forest Analytical or scientific software
Assisi Software Forest Inventory Inventory management software
Atterbury Consultants SuperAce Data base user interface and query software
Autodesk AutoCAD LT Computer aided design CAD software
Ben Meadows Yeoman Expedition Map creation software
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computer graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
Corel Presentation Presentation software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
Fire behavior modeling software Analytical or scientific software
FlapX software Analytical or scientific software
Forest EcoSurvey Data base user interface and query software
Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS Analytical or scientific software
Forestry Reconnaissance ArcView Editor RAVE software Map creation software
Geomechanical design analysis GDA software Map creation software
HARVEST Analytical or scientific software
Haglof Sweden AB TCruise Forest Inventory Inventory management software
JRP Consulting Plant Wizard Data base user interface and query software
JRP Consulting Survey Wizard Data base user interface and query software
LJI Technologies Lumberjack Data base user interface and query software
Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE Map creation software
LoggerPC software Analytical or scientific software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
PhoenixPRO Forest Activity Tracking Data base user interface and query software
Photogrammetric software Map creation software
Remote sensing software Analytical or scientific software
RockWare ArcMap Map creation software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Traverse PC software Map creation software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Aerial bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
Airboats Recreational motorboats
All terrain vehicles ATV All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled
Altimeters Height gauges
Amphibious excavators Track excavators
Aquatic weed harvesters Dredgers
Axes Axes
Backhoes Backhoes
Basal area factor BAF prisms Prisms
Boats Recreational motorboats
Brush hooks Reforestation equipment
Brush trucks Dump trucks
Bulldozers Wheel bulldozers
Calipers Calipers
Chain saws Power saws
Clearing hooks Lumbering equipment
Clinometers Clinometers
Crown densitometers Geological prospecting apparatus
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diameter tapes Measuring tapes
Dibblers Dibblers
Digital cameras Digital cameras
Dump trucks Dump trucks
Electronic rain gauges ERR Rainfall recorders
Electroshocking boats Fishing boats
Excavators Track excavators
Farm tractors Agricultural tractors
Fertilizer spreaders Fertilizer spreaders or distributors
Field data recorders Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Field personal computers PC Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Fire plows Earthmoving shovels
Forestry rain gauges Rainfall recorders
Forklifts Forklifts
Frame nets Commercial fishing nets
Front end loaders Front end loaders
Geological compasses Geological compasses
Gill nets Commercial fishing nets
Girdling tools Decorticators
Global positioning system GPS data collectors Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
Grass whips Lumbering equipment
Gunjets for pressurized sprayers Sprayers
Handheld refractometers Handheld refractometers or polarimeters
Harrows Harrows
Hydraulic dredges Dredgers
Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes Hydraulic truck cranes
Hypsometers Rangefinders
Increment borers Forestry increment borers
Laser rangefinders Rangefinders
Laser surveying equipment Lasers
Laser tree measuring devices Laser measuring systems
Lawn mowers Lawnmowers
Leaf area meter scanning instruments Scanners
Loggers' tapes Measuring tapes
Macroalgae harvesters Pisciculture supplies
Magnetic locators Magnetometer geophysical instruments
Mantax computer tree calipers Calipers
McLeod tools Fire suppression hand tools
Measuring wheels Measuring wheels for distance
Metal detectors Metal detectors
Moisture meters Moisture meters
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Personal computers Personal computers
Pickup trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
Planimeters Map measurers
Planters Planters
Plug spades Reforestation equipment
Pocket transits Geological compasses
Prisms Prisms
Pruning saws Forestry saws
Pulaski tools Fire suppression hand tools
Relaskops Height gauges
Remote sensing equipment Radarbased surveillance systems
Remote video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Rubber-tired bulldozers Wheel bulldozers
Seed drills Seed drills
Seines Commercial fishing nets
Shovels Shovels
Slurry buckets Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories
Snowplows Snowplow attachments
Soil augers Soil core sampling apparatus
Soil moisture meters Moisture meters
Soil probes Soil core sampling apparatus
Sprayers Sprayers
Stadia rods Measuring rods
Stream flow gauges Open stream current meters
Survey levels Theodolites
Survey transits Theodolites
Tensiometers Tensiometers
Terrain torches Lighters
Theodolites Theodolites
Total stations Theodolites
Track bulldozers Track bulldozers
Trail motorbikes Motorcycles
Trawls Commercial fishing nets
Tree corers Forestry increment borers
Tree planter spades Reforestation equipment
Truck cranes Conventional truck cranes
Truck-mounted water pumps Water pumps
Trucks Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
Tugboats Tug boats
Two way radios Two way radios
Video editing equipment Video editors
Water level recorders Open stream water level recorders
Water monitoring meters Water meters
Water monitoring samplers Water samplers
Water samplers Water samplers
Water trucks Water trucks
Watermark soil moisture data collectors Moisture meters
Wedges Wedges
Wheeler pentaprism calipers Calipers
Wildland fire pumper trucks Fire or rescue trucks
Winch trucks Tow trucks
Winches Winches
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Conservation Agent
Conservation Officer
Conservation Specialist
Fire Engine Operator
Fire Management Officer
Fire Technician
Forest Ranger
Forest Technician
Forester Aide
Forestry Aide
Forestry Technician
Forestry and Wildlife Manager
Grazing Aide
Grazing Examiner
Natural Resources Technician
Park Ranger
Park Warden
Resource Manager
Resource Manager Forester
Resource Technician
Soil Conservation Aide
Soil Conservation Technician
Soil Technologist
Soil Tester
Timber Appraiser
Timber Management Technician
Tree Expert
Tree Warden
Type Mapper
Vector Control Specialist
Wildlife Biologist
Wildlife Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Animal
Job Family: Forestry
Benchmark Title: Forest and Conservation Technicians
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