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Working As A Forestry 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

What Does A Forestry Technician Do At Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

* Serve as a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew.
* Serve as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.
* Serve as a senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew, certified in the use of long line external loads and the operation and maintenance of accessory equipment.
* Gather and consider information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding in wildland fire situations.
* Be responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
* Participate in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fireline activities

What Does A Forestry Technician Do At Forest Service

* distributing workload, checking status and progress of work, meeting standards, instructing employees in specific task and job techniques, OJT, checking working conditions and safety, monitoring performance and disciplinary problems, resolving complaints, reporting performance and making reports for work time and leave of employees.
* Travel Required
* Occasional Travel
* In the performance of duties and training.
* Relocation Authorized
* No
* Job Requirements
* Key Requirements
* You must be a US Citizen or US National
* Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
* Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
* Qualifications
* You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered for this position.
* Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education

What Does A Forestry Technician Do At Student Conservation Association

* Prescribed fire preparation – construct firelines with hand tools, fall trees that threaten the fireline (S212 required for sawyers) or assist FWS sawyer by swamping down trees, operate ATV/UTV (USFWS training required prior to operation).
* Prescribed fire implementation – serve as Firefighter Type 2 with FWS fire crew to ignite and hold prescribed fires.
* Ignition may be either interior or exterior.
* Holding will be by foot, ATV/UTV, or engine

What Does A Forestry Technician Do At Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

* The incumbent serves as a Senior Wildland Firefighter with the purpose of providing wildland fire suppression, management, and control by performing as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module, or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment:
* As a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew, performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician; and uses helicopter long lines.
* Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.
* Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
* Drives engine to fire locations (frequently over unimproved roads) and positions engine in appropriate location taking into consideration the safety and efficiency of the crew and equipment to be used in the control and mop-up operations.
* Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives.
* Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing total weight, etc., and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.
* Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment; assures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks; and uses long line external loads and operates and maintains accessory equipment.
* Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents, recommending best approaches and practices for deploying personnel and equipment.
* Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
* Participates in wildland fire and safety training; and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques.
* May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.
* Performs project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance

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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
U.S. Department of the Interior
Highest Paying City
Albany, NY
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Forestry Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Forestry Technician in the United States is $72,742 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $152,000.

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Top Skills for A Forestry Technician

  1. Timber Sale
  2. Wildland
  3. Engine Crew
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored timber sales to confirm contractor compliance with forest service harvest requirements.
  • Provided regional and national support for incident management related to wildland fire operations.
  • Worked as part of a fire use crew as well as an engine crew.
  • Use GPS devices to measure distances in the field, or to get accurate area measurements in the field.
  • Skilled use of Forest net radio equipment, taking weather readings, mop-ups, various hand tools, and IA gear.

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Forestry Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

71.1%

Female

23.4%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

68.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

7.2%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.4%

Swedish

6.1%

German

4.1%

Thai

4.1%

Haida

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Czech

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Amharic

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Aleut

2.0%

Dakota

2.0%
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Forestry Technician Education

Schools

Oregon State University

11.0%

University of Montana

9.9%

University of Idaho

8.8%

Northern Arizona University

8.0%

Humboldt State University

7.8%

Colorado State University

7.8%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

4.6%

University of Wyoming

4.0%

Northern Michigan University

4.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

University of Washington

3.5%

University of Oregon

3.5%

Utah State University

3.2%

Reedley College

2.9%

Washington State University

2.9%

University of Arizona

2.9%

Auburn University

2.7%

American River College

2.4%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.4%
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Majors

Forestry

23.8%

Environmental Science

17.0%

Fire Science And Protection

7.6%

Biology

6.7%

Natural Resources Management

6.1%

Business

6.0%

Wildlife Management

5.0%

Geography

4.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.8%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Recreation Management

2.3%

General Studies

2.2%

Geology

2.2%

Plant Sciences

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Zoology

1.5%

History

1.5%

Kinesiology

1.4%

Nursing

1.4%

Precision Metal Working

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Other

21.5%

Associate

12.2%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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