Forest Conservationist

Keep tabs on national forests by running tests to detect pests and disease.

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Salary Range
$17,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Forest Conservationists do?

Forests are an important resource. Not only do they shelter animals and unique plants, but they also provide the air we breathe and the paper products we consume every day. As a Forest Conservationist, you find ways to conserve trees and ensure their health. That doesn’t mean Forest Conservationists ban logging companies from cutting them down, though, but you do look for ways to effectively implement new forest management policies.

To keep trees healthy, Forest Conservationists take samples and run tests in the lab. You keep an eye out for creepy crawlers that can damage or consume entire forests, and treat the area with pesticides before those bugs can wreak havoc. Sometimes, herbicides are also used in areas where noxious weeds threaten the trees. You also watch for disease, rot, and anything else that poses a danger.

Fire is another threat to the forest, but rather than attempting to eliminate it totally, you work to minimize the damage natural fires cause. You understand that fire is Mother Nature’s maid. It cleans out overgrown areas, thins crops, and provides a clean slate for new forests to develop.

You might also spend your days planting seedlings or pruning trees. So, whether you collect samples, perform research in the lab, or work to create and initiate forest management policies, you can go to bed satisfied that the forests will be around for future generations to use, appreciate, and enjoy.

Should I be a Forest Conservationist?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Forest Conservationist

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