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Working As A Forest Technician

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Forest Technician does

  • Conducted research with in-house research staff, academic entities, private agricultural chemical companies, the USDA Forest Service and others.
  • Designed and created trails through various environments including wetlands, forests, and prairies.
  • Cleared atv trails and placed cattle guards for atv use.
  • Identified and assessed condition of habitat and wildlife usage.
  • Use of hand tools, shappen and condition hand tools.
  • Conducted bid openings and awarded contracts.
  • Certified as US Forest Service Sawyer and Wilderness First Aid/CPR certified.
  • Fell trees, cut and clear brush, and dig trenches to create firelines, using axes, chainsaws or shovels.
  • Obtained Red Card for Wildland fires
  • Collect soil samples.Assess and notate topography of area.Illustrate small scale maps.
  • Interpret and analyze aerial photographs.
  • Operated a Garmin 76 cx, Laser, clinometer.
  • Managed competitive bid timber sales for private landowners and companies.
  • Worked fire suppression on hand crew.
  • Manuscripted pre-commercial thinning layer for GIS input.
  • Participated in physical training daily.Did preventative maintenance checks on vehicles and engine daily.
  • Mark boundaries and individual trees for reforestation and timber harvest site preparation.
  • Participate in fire prevention and inspection programs.
  • Assist the public with forest health and forest management practices.
  • Stand exams - Federal and Private 2.

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Highest Forest Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Technical Forester Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL Apr 25, 2014 $68,973 -
$70,608
International Technical Forester Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL Apr 25, 2013 $67,773 -
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International Technical Forester Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL May 25, 2012 $59,176 -
$65,112
International Technical Forester Resource Management Service, LLC Birmingham, AL May 24, 2011 $46,966 -
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Top Skills for A Forest Technician

  1. Timber Sale
  2. GPS
  3. Forests
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Produced maps for State Forest and State Park brochures, master planning, and activities relating to timber sales.
  • Collected soil erosion estimates, water analysis, vegetation data, GPS data and macro-invertebrate estimations.
  • Surveyed back-country old-growth timber, fought forest fires, managed brush, and replanted forests after harvest.
  • Assisted land management staff on multiple habitat improvement projects on university owned lands.
  • Lead class discussion on wilderness regulations and legislation processes such as Environmental Impact Statements and National Environmental Policy Act.

Forest Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

71.6%

Female

21.5%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

69.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

30.8%

Mandarin

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Chinese

7.7%
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Forest Technician Education

Schools

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

12.5%

University of Idaho

11.5%

Oregon State University

7.7%

Alabama A & M University

7.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

5.8%

North Carolina State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

4.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.8%

Warren Wilson College

3.8%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

Panola College

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

University of Georgia

3.8%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

Humboldt State University

2.9%

University of Vermont

2.9%

Allegany College of Maryland

2.9%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2.9%

Utah State University

2.9%
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Majors

Forestry

43.3%

Environmental Science

15.1%

Natural Resources Management

6.1%

Business

5.3%

Geography

4.5%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.7%

Management

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

Wildlife Management

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Forest Engineering

1.6%

Medical Technician

1.2%

Finance

1.2%

Geology

1.2%

Area Studies

1.2%

Military Applied Sciences

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.2%

Associate

17.8%

Other

15.6%

Masters

12.6%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.6%
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