Careers: Forest & Conservation Worker
Forest & Conservation Worker
This job is right for you if….
You enjoy learning about different tree species and making positive contributions to the environment. You’ll enjoy this job if you’re are interested in this work-like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
Forest & conservation workers sometimes work on tree farms or orchards where they plant, cultivate and harvest an array of trees.
What They Do:
Under supervision, perform manual labor 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. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- talking to others
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- Attention to Detail
Median Hourly Earnings:
Job Types Include:
- Forestry Technician
- Forestry Aide
- Conservation Technician
Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Forest & Conservation Worker
Currently, there are four Forestry/Wood Harvesting programs in Maine, all offer Certified Logging Professional (CLP) apprenticeship certification to successful graduates. These programs accept high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Training lasts between one and three years depending on the individual school.
- Oxford Hills Tech School – Norway, Maine
- Foster Technology Center – Farmington, Maine
- Region 9 School of Applied Technology – Rumford, Maine
- Region 2 School of Applied Technology – Dyer Brook, Maine
Maine Community College System
Community Colleges offer programs in horticulture and sustainable construction.
- Northern Maine Community College – Presque Isle, Maine
- Central Maine Community College – Auburn, Maine
- Eastern Maine Community College – Bangor, Maine
- Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield and Hinkley, Maine
- Southern Maine Community College – South Portland, Maine
- Washington County Community College – Calais, Maine
- York County Community College – Wells, Maine
University of Maine- Forestry
- The University of Maine at Orono- four-year undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Forestry, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Sustainable Materials and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Ecosystem Ecology Concentration
- The University of Maine at Fort Kent- Four-year undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Forestry, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Sustainable Materials and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Ecosystem Ecology Concentration
Offers certification of the SFI Program as well as ongoing training on sustainable practices.
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