Also known as Conservation Officer, Field Laborer, Forest Resource Specialist, Forestry Support Specialist, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator (GIS Coordinator), Park Maintainer, Reforestation Worker, Tree Planter
Also known as Conservation Officer, Field Laborer, Forest Resource Specialist
Forestry Support Specialists under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil.
In addition, Forestry Support Specialists includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.
Forestry Support Specialists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Forestry Support Specialists. More generally, Forestry Support Specialists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Forestry Support Specialist is $30,640, and the average salary is $33,520. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Forestry Support Specialist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Forestry Support Specialists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Forestry Support Specialists earn less than $23,400 per year, 25% earn less than $27,250, 75% earn less than $37,550, and 90% earn less than $48,700.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Forestry Support Specialists is expected to change by -7.9%, and there should be roughly 1,800 open positions for Forestry Support Specialists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Forestry Support Specialist are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Forestry Support Specialists typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Forestry Support Specialists typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Forestry Support Specialist tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Forestry Support Specialists moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Forestry Support Specialists moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Forestry Support Specialists moderately value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Forestry Support Specialists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as independence, attention to detail, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Forestry Support Specialists, ranked by importance:
Forestry Support Specialists often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Forestry Support Specialists usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Forestry Support Specialists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as geography, public safety and security, or administrative knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Forestry Support Specialists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Forestry Support Specialists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Forestry Support Specialists need abilities such as problem sensitivity, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Forestry Support Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Forestry Support Specialists frequently use skills like speaking, coordination, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Forestry Support Specialists, ranked by their relative importance.
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