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) 127
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 7.03 %

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

Analyzing Data or Information

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

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

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

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

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

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

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

Getting Information

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

Thinking Creatively

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

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

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

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

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