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Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor contract compliance and results of forestry activities to assure adherence to government regulations.
    • Plan and supervise forestry projects, such as determining the type, number and placement of trees to be planted, managing tree nurseries, thinning forest and monitoring growth of new seedlings.
    • Establish short- and long-term plans for management of forest lands and forest resources.
    • Plan cutting programs and manage timber sales from harvested areas, assisting companies to achieve production goals.
    • Determine methods of cutting and removing timber with minimum waste and environmental damage.
    • Supervise activities of other forestry workers.
    • Perform inspections of forests or forest nurseries.
    • Plan and direct forest surveys and related studies and prepare reports and recommendations.
    • Direct, and participate in, forest fire suppression.
    • Map forest area soils and vegetation to estimate the amount of standing timber and future value and growth.
    • Choose and prepare sites for new trees, using controlled burning, bulldozers, or herbicides to clear weeds, brush, and logging debris.
    • Monitor forest-cleared lands to ensure that they are reclaimed to their most suitable end use.
    • Plan and implement projects for conservation of wildlife habitats and soil and water quality.
    • Provide advice and recommendations, as a consultant on forestry issues, to private woodlot owners, firefighters, government agencies or to companies.
    • Analyze effect of forest conditions on tree growth rates and tree species prevalence and the yield, duration, seed production, growth viability, and germination of different species.
    • Monitor wildlife populations and assess the impacts of forest operations on population and habitats.
    • Develop techniques for measuring and identifying trees.
    • Study different tree species' classification, life history, light and soil requirements, adaptation to new environmental conditions and resistance to disease and insects.
    • Plan and direct construction and maintenance of recreation facilities, fire towers, trails, roads and bridges, ensuring that they comply with guidelines and regulations set for forested public lands.
    • Conduct public educational programs on forest care and conservation.
    • Develop new techniques for wood or residue use.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 62760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 30.17/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence

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