Forest Technician

A forestry technician career could be for you if…
Your skills include active listening, critical thinking and decision making.
Your interests can be described as realistic, investigative and enterprising.
Your values include working conditions, independence and achievement.

Career Overview

Forest technicians usually possess a two-year associate degree that prepares them to do a wide variety of tasks under the supervision of a professional forester. Most of the technician’s time is often spent outdoors working alone without direct supervision, so self-motivation, reliability, and attention to detail are essential to achieve success.

Forest technicians are skilled in the use of a variety of tools and equipment and must also be effective communicators with a wide range of people. They may work in a variety of tasks such as tree measurements, timber evaluation, property line establishment and maintenance, logging and contractor supervision, prescribed fire management, and wildfire suppression. Employment opportunities are available with State and Federal government as well as in the private sector.

Other job titles include:
biological science aide, forest technician, forestry aide, resource technician, timber appraiser.

Education and Training

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate degree. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.


National Average Annual Salary
$29,670.00 - $61,750.00
National Average Hourly Salary
$14.26 - $29.69
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