Agriculture and Garden Careers | Forest / Conservation Technician

Forest / Conservation Technician

Career Area: Agriculture, Horticulture, & the Outdoors

Occupation Group: Rangers and Foresters


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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Forest / Conservation Technician earns the following wages (national and state):


The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $37,614

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.


The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $39,684

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with foresters and conservation scientists to help maintain forests and natural areas. Tracks data on water, soil, disease and insect damage in forest areas; tracks wildlife and maintain trails or campsites; monitors timber and logging activity; patrols and assists with forest fire prevention measures; provides information to the public on forest or natural areas conservation .

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

North Carolina97+2.1%


A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Forest / Conservation Technician is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Natural Resources: Natural resources are resources that exist without actions of humankind.
  • Fire Suppression: Fire suppression systems are used to extinguish or prevent the spread of fire in a building or vehicle.
  • Personnel Management: Human Resource Management [HRM or HR] is the management of human resources.
  • Range Management: Working experience of Range Management, which is a professional natural science that centers around the study of rangelands and the conservation and sustainable management for the benefit of current societies and future generations.
  • Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Forest / Conservation Technician that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Soil Conservation: Soil conservation is the preventing of soil loss from erosion or reduced fertility caused by over usage, acidification, salinization or other chemical soil contamination.
  • Fire Trucks: A fire truck is a large vehicle which carries fire fighters and equipment for putting out fires.
  • Natural Resource Management: Natural resource management refers to the management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations (stewardship).
  • Reforestation: Reforestation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted, usually through deforestation.
  • Conservation Planning: The Conservation Plan is an important publication written by James Semple Kerr in 1982, and revised many times.


This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years71%
3 to 5 years22%
6 to 8 years2%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Forestry Technician
  • Forestry Technician Recreation
  • Forest Ranger
  • Soil Conservation Technician
  • Forestry Technician Fire

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