Overview: Forest and conservation technicians measure and improve the quality of forests, rangeland and other natural areas. They provide assistance in the conservation of soil, water, forests, or other natural resources. They also will patrol natural areas to make sure that environmental regulations are being followed.
Geographers at work: Forest and conservation technicians gather data on soil quality, disease and damage to plants and trees that may present a fire hazard. Forest technicians mark property lines and evaluate forest and wildlife areas to determine species, quality and amount of standing timber. They may lead forest conservation activities within the local community. Many forest and conservation technicians also use mapping technologies to map forest tract data.
Skills: Geographic information systems (GIS), ecology, physical geography, sustainability, human-environment relations.
Written by Kaleigh Shuler