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Forestry Conservation and Firefighting



The exact duties Forestry Conservation and Firefighting perform are based on the type of credentials that they have earned, and the types of careers suited for them are very wide ranging and varied. Many go on to jobs that have them gathering data in various ecosystems for scientific studies or as firefighters in the wilderness of the country. Others get involved in trail and parkland maintenance.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Controlling and suppressing forest fires as part of a firefighting crew
  • Using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps to extinguish flames
  • Providing technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, and related natural resources
  • Compiling data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts
  • Surveying forest lands for seedling survival and wildlife damage

Career Options

Career Options

Most Forestry Conservation and Firefighting graduates go on to become forest and conservation specialists. Forestry conservation and firefighting specialists spend most of their time outdoors and have very physically demanding tasks.

Those interested in this career should be able to follow directions well because of the risks involved with this job. They work in close-knit teams in forested and wooded areas.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • A passing score in the arduous level of a Pack Test of (a) aerobic capacity, (b) muscular strength, and (c) muscular endurance
  • Ability to work in steep terrain and in extreme temperatures, altitude, and smoke while maintaining the ability to meet unforeseen emergencies
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Have a valid certification in basic first aid and CPR.


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.


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

  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to safety
  • Concern for rules
  • Physical endurance
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork

Forestry Conservation and Firefighting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


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