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Occupational Report for Forest and Conservation Workers (45-4011) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

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, and tree planters.

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Forest and Conservation Workers
Employment Outlook for Forest and Conservation Workers
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 somewhat 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 Workers There are 4 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 4 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Forest Restoration Laborer - Seasonal 7/21/14 Philomath $10.00/hr to $12.00/hr DOE
Forestry Worker Tree Planter - Temporary 7/18/14 Medford $9.60/hr to $14.10/hr DOE
Tree Planters 7/11/14 Elkton $10.00/hr
Indoor Laborer positions in Forest Grove 1/8/14 Forest Grove
Job Openings from the Web for Forest and Conservation Workers There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Forest and Conservation Workers No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Forest and Conservation Workers
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $9.40 $11.72 $14.83 $18.08 $22.02 $15.38 $31,997
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 10.52 12.55 14.14 17.19 20.65 14.90 30,990
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Forest and Conservation Workers
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 2,348 2,616 268 11.4% 27 40 67
Jackson / Josephine 740 813 73 9.9% 7 13 20
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 654 730 76 11.6% 8 11 19
Lane 184 207 23 12.5% 2 3 5
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 152 172 20 13.2% 2 3 5
Douglas 107 121 14 13.1% 1 2 3
Coos / Curry 107 118 11 10.3% 1 2 3
Clackamas 54 61 7 13.0% 1 1 2
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 49 56 7 14.3% 1 1 2
Grant / Harney / Malheur 43 52 9 20.9% 1 1 2
Baker / Union / Wallowa 31 36 5 16.1% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 23 25 2 8.7% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 19 21 2 10.5% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 8 7 -1 -12.5% 0 0 0
Multnomah / Washington 7 8 1 14.3% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 7 8 1 14.3% 0 0 0

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 Workers
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 2,348
Total All Industries Private 2,344
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Private 2,232
Forestry and Logging Private 195
Timber Tract Operations Private 44
Logging Private 151
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry Private 2,037
Support Activities for Crop Production Private 77
Support Activities for Forestry Private 1,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 21
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 48
Social Assistance Private 48
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Private 48
Other Services (except Government) Private 25
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 25
Social Advocacy Organizations Private 24
Educational Requirements for Forest and Conservation Workers The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply Plant Disease Control Techniques
  • Apply Planting Or Transplanting Techniques
  • Clear Brush
  • Cut Trees Using Ax, Hand, Or Power Saws
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Identify Wood Species And Characteristics
  • Inspect Fields Or Forests To Detect Plant Diseases, Pest Infestations Or Noxious Weeds
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Specialized Equipment In Forestry Activities
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Recognize Plant Disease
  • Recognize Tree And Forest Plant Species
  • Select Trees For Cutting Based On Size, Species, And Quality
  • Transplant Seedlings Or Young Plants
  • Use And Maintain Chain Saws
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Use Forest Fire Protection Methods
  • Use Herbicides And Pesticides
  • Use Maps In Wilderness Areas
  • Use Spray Application Equipment
Schools and Training Providers for Forest and Conservation Workers No programs of training are associated with this occupation.
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Forest and Conservation Workers These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Clackamas Community College
Klamath Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Forest and Conservation Workers 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