Forest and Conservation Worker

Career Overview

Forest and conservation workers maintain and protect forests by planting new seedlings, clearing brush from trails, spraying insecticides and fungicides, removing diseased trees, and anything else they are instructed to do by foresters.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Some employers may prefer that applicants have a completed a college program in forest management technology, wildlife management, conservation, or a similar field.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$25,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$53,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Environmental science
Work Environment

Forest and conservation workers typically work for the government or owners of privately owned forests. This job can be physically demanding, requiring outdoor work in various weather conditions and a lot of walking through densely wooded areas.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada