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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

  • $36,025

    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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Forestry Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

7.1%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

Swedish

5.0%

German

5.0%

Haida

2.5%

Czech

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Amharic

2.5%

Carrier

2.5%

Aleut

2.5%

Dakota

2.5%

Thai

2.5%
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Forestry Technician Education

Schools

Oregon State University

10.7%

University of Idaho

10.1%

University of Montana

9.7%

Humboldt State University

8.4%

Northern Arizona University

8.1%

Colorado State University

7.0%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

5.0%

University of Wyoming

4.0%

Northern Michigan University

4.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%

Utah State University

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Crookston

3.0%

Reedley College

3.0%

Alabama A & M University

3.0%

University of Arizona

3.0%

West Virginia University

2.7%

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

2.7%

Lassen Community College

2.3%

Auburn University

2.3%
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Majors

Forestry

22.0%

Environmental Science

17.2%

Fire Science And Protection

6.8%

Biology

6.8%

Natural Resources Management

6.4%

Business

5.9%

Wildlife Management

4.8%

Geography

4.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.0%

Medical Technician

3.0%

General Studies

2.4%

Geology

2.3%

Plant Sciences

2.1%

Recreation Management

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Zoology

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Human Resources Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.4%

Other

21.5%

Masters

11.6%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

5.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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  1. Timber
  2. Safety
  3. Fire Departments
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  • Served as a timber sale prep crew member completing field work and managing GIS data in support of land management projects.
  • Mitigated numerous forest fire threats by extinguishing abandoned and illegal campfires and engaging in public outreach and fire safety education.
  • Act as liaison between the Forest and local fire departments and state Division of Forestry personnel.
  • Skilled crew member and team leader for initial attack hand crew and engine crew.
  • Gained more experience with radios, GPS, chainsaw, and completed some of my firefighter 1 task book.

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