Forest and conservation workers, under supervision, perform manual labour necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. This includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.
To be eligible to be a forest technician, one usually should complete high school and get a valid driver's license before they begin working. An aspiring candidate can go for a two-year technical degree in forestry offered by some technical and vocational schools. If interested in becoming a forest ranger, one can acquire a degree in natural sciences, geology, statistics, natural sciences, mechanical/civil/chemical engineering, or agriculture. Choosing the right major is always an important criterion when researching how to become a forest and conservation worker.
The main task of a forest technician is to deal with issues of deforestation, global warming, water scarcity, and natural disasters. If one has the urge to protect the natural forestry, birds, and animals then a forest ranger is most suitable for them. A forest worker's job is not only in charge of the forest but also to accomplish executive, supervisory, and protective functions of the forest area.
For a successful career as a forest technician, workers should possess specific qualities of communication, decision making, listening and a great amount of physical stamina and be a stickler for detail.
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