Under supervision, performs manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Environmental Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Checks equipment to ensure that it is operating properly.
- Confers with other workers to discuss issues such as safety, cutting heights, or work needs.
- Gathers, packages, or delivers forest products to buyers.
- Sows or harvests cover crops, such as alfalfa.
- Sprays or injects vegetation with insecticides to kill insects or to protect against disease or with herbicides to reduce competing vegetation.
- Maintains tallies of trees examined and counted during tree marking or measuring efforts.
- Identifies diseased or undesirable trees and removes them, using power saws or hand saws.
- Drags cut trees from cutting areas and loads trees onto trucks.
- Sorts tree seedlings, discarding substandard seedlings, according to standard charts or verbal instructions.
- Operates skidders, bulldozers, or other prime movers to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated.
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