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Occupational Report for Forest and Conservation Technicians (19-4093) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats. Excludes "Conservation Scientists" (19-1031) and "Foresters" (19-1032).

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Employment Outlook for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Forest and Conservation Technicians There are 5 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 5 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Alpha Route Technician 10/14/14 Portland
Forestry Technician 9/30/14 Bend
Forestry Technician 9/26/14 Salem
Habitat Restoration Crew Member (Portland Metro Area) (OJT) 9/25/14 Tigard $13.50/hr
Forestry Technician (Cruiser/Appraiser) 9/21/14 Medford
Job Openings from the Web for Forest and Conservation Technicians The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Natural Resource Specialist 2 (Stewardship Forester) 10/21/14 John Day State of Oregon
Forestry Technician Wilderness Trails 10/20/14 Hebo Forest Service
Forestry Technician Forest Service Representative 10/15/14 Prineville Forest Service
FORESTRY TECHNICIAN RECREATION 10/14/14 Reedsport Forest Service
Forestry Technician 10/10/14 Bend Forest Service
Forestry Technician 9/17/14 Portland First-Tek
State of Oregon License Information for Forest and Conservation Technicians No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $12.13 $13.62 $16.24 $22.00 $27.69 $18.37 $38,212
Multnomah / Washington 13.69 16.06 19.39 24.49 28.43 20.57 42,785
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 12.79 14.35 17.27 21.87 30.00 19.08 39,690
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 13.61 16.31 20.76 26.23 30.49 21.41 44,530
Lane 12.13 13.61 16.99 24.53 28.47 19.20 39,933
Douglas 12.13 13.61 16.98 22.65 28.47 18.82 39,145
Coos / Curry 12.95 13.62 19.80 24.49 30.00 20.10 41,822
Jackson / Josephine 13.61 13.97 17.13 23.28 28.47 19.36 40,279
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12.12 13.61 15.24 22.12 27.69 17.64 36,697
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 12.91 13.62 16.98 21.39 26.92 18.47 38,436
Klamath / Lake 12.12 13.61 15.24 21.38 26.16 17.62 36,669
Morrow / Umatilla 12.12 13.61 15.74 22.94 28.47 18.54 38,564
Baker / Union / Wallowa 12.12 13.61 15.24 20.13 24.52 17.10 35,568
Grant / Harney / Malheur 12.12 13.61 15.24 20.76 26.92 17.45 36,295
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,530 2,651 121 4.8% 12 100 112
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 355 342 -13 -3.7% 0 14 14
Grant / Harney / Malheur 287 274 -13 -4.5% 0 11 11
Klamath / Lake 285 273 -12 -4.2% 0 11 11
Lane 209 240 31 14.8% 3 8 11
Baker / Union / Wallowa 207 199 -8 -3.9% 0 8 8
Douglas 187 179 -8 -4.3% 0 7 7
Jackson / Josephine 163 157 -6 -3.7% 0 6 6
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 96 97 1 1.0% 0 4 4
Morrow / Umatilla 86 73 -13 -15.1% 0 3 3
Clackamas 77 81 4 5.2% 0 3 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 69 67 -2 -2.9% 0 3 3
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 63 67 4 6.3% 0 2 2
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 60 59 -1 -1.7% 0 2 2
Multnomah / Washington 54 58 4 7.4% 0 2 2
Coos / Curry 50 49 -1 -2.0% 0 2 2

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Forest and Conservation Technicians
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,530
Total All Industries Private 86
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 20
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 27
Other Services (except Government) Private 35
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 35
Social Advocacy Organizations Private 35
Total All Industries Federal 2,254
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 2,254
Total All Industries State 89
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 82
Total All Industries Local 52
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 38
Educational Requirements for Forest and Conservation Technicians The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with an Associate's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply Mathematics To Statistical Modeling
  • Apply Plant Disease Control Techniques
  • Apply Plant Materials Principles
  • Apply Planting Or Transplanting Techniques
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Research Methodology To Science Or Engineering
  • Apply Soil Science Principles
  • Apply Statistical Methods
  • Conduct Field Research
  • Conduct Laboratory Research
  • Design Tables Depicting Data
  • Explain Complex Mathematical Information
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Tree And Plant Characteristics
  • Identify Wood Species And Characteristics
  • Interpret Computerized Data And Reports
  • Operate Emergency Fire And Rescue Equipment And Vehicles
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Perform Safety Inspections
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Provide Training To Employees
  • Read And Interpret Aerial Photographs
  • Read Measuring And Metering Devices Used In Forestry
  • Recognize Plant Disease
  • Recognize Tree And Forest Plant Species
  • Research Work-Related Topics Using Library Resources
  • Supervise Employees
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use And Maintain Chain Saws
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Calculus
  • Use Forest Fire Protection Methods
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Herbicides And Pesticides
  • Use Land And Site Surveying Instruments And Techniques
  • Use Maps In Wilderness Areas
  • Use Physical Science Research Techniques
  • Use Quantitative Research Methods
  • Work As A Team Member
Schools and Training Providers for Forest and Conservation Technicians The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Timber Lake Job Corps Center
59868 E Highway 224
Estacada, OR 97023
Phone: (503) 834-2291
Programs of Training:
Wolf Creek Job Corps Center
2010 Opportunity Lane
Glide, OR 97443
Phone: (541) 496-3507
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Oregon State University
0
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-0123
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Forest and Conservation Technicians These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Central Oregon Community College
Clackamas Community College
Lane Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Forest and Conservation Technicians matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Agricultural And Food Science Technicians 38%
Foresters 37%
Geological And Petroleum Technicians 36%
Life, Physical, And Social Science Technicians, All Other 35%
Environmental Science And Protection Technicians, Including Health 33%
Nuclear Technicians 33%
Forensic Science Technicians 30%