Job Corps

Advanced Forestry Technician



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


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.


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.


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:

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

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