Forest and conservation workers maintain and protect forests by planting new seedlings, clearing brush from trails, spraying insecticides and fungicides, removing diseased trees, and anything else they are instructed to do by foresters.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Some employers may prefer that applicants have a completed a college program in forest management technology, wildlife management, conservation, or a similar field.
Employment of forest and conservation workers is projected to show little or no change from 2019 to 2029. Although demand for forestry products and services will likely be steady, it is expected to be counteracted by the automation of much of the work that these workers do.
Forest and conservation workers typically work for the government or owners of privately owned forests. This job can be physically demanding, requiring outdoor work in various weather conditions and a lot of walking through densely wooded areas.