Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $54,210.00
Average Time to Fill 40 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 85
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Written Communication
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct fire fighting, prevention, or suppression activities
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Direct fire line activities during forest fire
Direct loading of fire suppression equipment
Manage organizational facilities
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Conduct forestry, range, or other public land management
Manage agricultural or forestry operations
Supervise agricultural, farming, or forestry personnel or contractors
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Direct agricultural, farming, or forestry research and investigative studies

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze soil to determine fertilizer requirements
Analyze forest conditions
Interpret aerial photographs
Analyze ecosystem data
Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems
Analyze market conditions or trends
Analyze financial data or information
Perform financial analysis of organizational resources and health
Interpret laws or legislation
Determine condition of plants, flowers, shrubs or trees
Perform cost benefit analysis

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Conduct long-term forest or range land planning
Plan ecological projects such as forestation, reforestation, or range revegetation
Plan construction of structures or facilities
Develop environmental remediation or protection plans
Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs
Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
Plan harvesting or cultivating activities
Plan environmental research

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Identify characteristics of insects, pests, and diseases
Identify characteristics of plants, crops, and tree species
Identify erosion patterns
Identify tree or plant species
Identify diseased, weak, or undesirable trees or plants
Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify plant diseases
Identify characteristics of cloth, fabric, paper or pulp
Identify crops or timber to be harvested
Determine crops or timber ready for harvest

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Measure environmental characteristics
Monitor soil response to management practices
Monitor atmospheric or meteorological conditions
Inspect condition of natural environments
Observe fire to note changing conditions
Monitor soil conditions
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Protect forests from accidental fires and fire damage

Getting Information

Analyze adaptability of species to new environmental conditions
Conduct field research
Research agricultural processes or practices
Survey land or properties
Conduct biological research
Determine fire causes
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Research crop management methods
Review maps to determine location or routes

Thinking Creatively

Develop agricultural methods
Develop plans to manage natural or renewable resources
Develop public policies, procedures, or standards
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop complex computer databases
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop informational maps or charts

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Advise persons on rural or urban land use
Advise planning officials concerning regional or urban projects
Advise others on farming or forestry operations, regulations, or equipment
Advise scientific or research personnel
Advise others regarding environmental practices, standards, or concerns
Recommend action to ensure legal or regulatory compliance
Recommend conservation measures

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Control animal and plant diseases through sanitation, cleanliness, and management procedures
Implement pollution control techniques
Follow safety procedures and regulations in agricultural, farming, or forestry environments
Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities
Determine best method for applying prescribed fire
Determine best method for attacking fire
Appraise personal property or equipment
Solve landscaping problems

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Watershed Management
Remote Sensing
Renewable Resources
Natural Resource Management

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