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Career and Education Opportunities for Forestry Conservation Workers in Vancouver, Washington

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for forestry conservation workers in the Vancouver, Washington area. There are currently 2,540 working forestry conservation workers in Washington; this should grow 5% to 2,670 working forestry conservation workers in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for forestry conservation workers are expected to grow by about 8.5%. In general, forestry conservation workers , under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect forest, forested areas, and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees; and building erosion and water control structures and leaching of forest soil.

A person working as a forestry conservation worker can expect to earn about $12 per hour or $26,020 yearly on average in Washington and about $10 per hour or $22,850 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Forestry conservation workers earn the same as people working in the category of Forestry generally in Washington and the same as people in the Forestry category nationally.

The Vancouver area is home to forty-eight schools of higher education, including two within twenty-five miles of Vancouver where you can get a degree as a forestry conservation worker. Forestry conservation workers usually hold a Bachelor's degree, so you can expect to spend about four years training to become a forestry conservation worker if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Forestry Conservation Worker

Forestry Conservation Worker video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, forestry conservation workers, under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect forest, forested areas, and woodlands through such activities as raising and transporting tree seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to trees; and building erosion and water control structures and leaching of forest soil. They also includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Forestry conservation workers talk with other staff to consider issues such as safety and work needs. Finally, forestry conservation workers check machinery to insure that it is operating properly.

Every day, forestry conservation workers are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

It is important for forestry conservation workers to fight forest fires or perform prescribed burning tasks under the direction of fire suppression officers or forestry technicians. They are often called upon to perform fire protection and suppression duties such as constructing fire breaks and disposing of brush. They also maintain campsites and recreational areas, replenishing firewood and other supplies, and cleaning kitchens and restrooms. They are sometimes expected to sow and harvest cover crops such as alfalfa. Somewhat less frequently, forestry conservation workers are also expected to maintain tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking and measuring efforts.

Forestry conservation workers sometimes are asked to decide on tree seedlings, ready the ground, and plant the trees in reforestation areas, using manual planting tools. They also have to be able to operate a skidder, bulldozer or other prime mover to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation machinery over areas to be regenerated And finally, they sometimes have to operate a skidder, bulldozer or other prime mover to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation machinery over areas to be regenerated.

Like many other jobs, forestry conservation workers must be reliable and have exceptional integrity.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vancouver include:

  • Livestock Farmer. Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Forestry Conservation Worker Training

Mt Hood Community College - Gresham, OR

Mt Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030. Mt Hood Community College is a medium sized college located in Gresham, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 7,251 students. Mt Hood Community College has a one to two year and an associate's degree program in Natural Resources/Conservation which graduated zero and six students respectively in 2008.

Portland State University - Portland, OR

Portland State University, 724 SW Harrison, Portland, OR 97201. Portland State University is a large university located in Portland, Oregon. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 25,959 students and an admission rate of 80%. Portland State University has a master's degree program in Natural Resources/Conservation which graduated two students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Arborist / Municipal Specialist: This credential was developed by the ISA and the Society of Municipal Arboriculture for those involved in managing the complex aspect of trees in an urban environment.

For more information, see the International Society of Arboriculture website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington
Vancouver, Washington photo by Matthiasb

Vancouver is located in Clark County, Washington. It has a population of over 163,186, which has grown by 13.7% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Vancouver, 98, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Vancouver are priced at $95,700 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, two hundred eighty new homes were built in Vancouver, down from four hundred twenty the previous year.

The three most popular industries for women in Vancouver are health care, educational services, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is construction, computer and electronic products, and accommodation and food services. The average travel time to work is about 23 minutes. More than 21.7% of Vancouver residents have a bachelor's degree, which is lower than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 7.4%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Vancouver is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Vancouver residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 27.9%, is less than both the national and state average. The most prominent religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Vancouver is home to the Vancouver Square and the Vancouver Plaza as well as Leverich Park and Wintler Park. Shopping malls in the area include Arbours Shopping Center, Millport Shopping Center and Vancouver Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Vancouver can choose from Comfort Suites Vancouver, Homewood Suites Portland-Vancouver and Best Western Hotel and Suites Vacouver Mall Dr for temporary stays in the area.