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.

Fast Facts:

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.

Problem Solving:

noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Basic Skills:

  • talking to others
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements

Jobs Require:

  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
Forester walking through the forest carrying bag full of trees. Man working in forestry looking over shoulder at camera and smiling.

Median Hourly Earnings:


Job Types Include:

  • Forestry Technician
  • Forestry Aide 
  • Conservation Technician

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Forest & Conservation Worker

Entry-Level Education 


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. 

Maine Community College System

Community Colleges offer programs in horticulture and sustainable construction. 

University of Maine- Forestry 

Professional Training 

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Offers certification of the SFI Program as well as ongoing training on sustainable practices. 

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