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Advanced Forestry Technician

RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND ENERGY

Description

Forestry technicians protect, maintain, and gather data on the forests, grasslands, and mountains of America. They also perform duties related to fire suppression, data collection, regulation enforcement, and trail repair.

Career Details

Skills

Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Safety guidelines
  • Forestry basics
  • Operating and maintaining necessary equipment and tools
  • Maintaining campgrounds, picnics, and trail areas
  • Tree health, aesthetics, and hazard reduction
  • Federal and state regulations pertaining to use and occupancy of forest lands
  • Land management
  • Silviculture
  • Timber valuation
  • Fire management
  • Recreation management
  • Forest health
  • Wildlife and fisheries
  • Soil and water
  • Cultural resources

Career Options

Career Options

Program graduates go on to work in a variety of areas in the forestry industry including biology/hydrology technician, drilling explosive specialist, fire technician, firewatcher, forestry aid, forestry technician, land surveyor, log scaler, and road management technician.

Requirements

Before entering the program, students must:

  • Have a strong interest in a career with the Forest Service in the area of natural resource management.
  • Be physically fit and willing to work in rough-terrain field conditions.
  • Possess or be qualified to obtain a USDA Forest Service driver’s license.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent. (GED score must be above 2400)
  • Have a positive attendance and progress record.
  • Have a positive behavior record with no major incidents in the past 90 days.
  • Have health clearance from the Job Corps center where they received basic training.
  • Pass an entrance exam.
  • Complete a successful phone, in-person, or videoconference interview.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Renewable Resources and Energy training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Advanced Forestry Technician Numbers to Know

$28K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

1

Number of centers offering training in this career

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Commitment to safety
Concern for others
Integrity
Physical dexterity
Physical endurance
Physical strength


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