Advanced Forestry Technician

Advanced Forestry Technician

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy teamwork and physical tasks? Do you have a commitment to safety and a concern for others? Enjoy being outside and active? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Forestry Technician training program. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Work to measure and improve the quality of forests 

  • Use digging and planting tools to plant seedlings 

  • Use power saws to cut down diseased trees 

  • Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests and related natural resources 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Program graduates can go on to work in a variety of occupations in the forestry industry, including biology/hydrology technician, forest and conservation specialist, drilling explosive specialist, fire technician, firewatcher, forestry aide, forestry technician, land surveyor, log scaler, and road management technician. 

The credentials you will earn …

In the Advanced Fire Management training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of a Job Corps basic training program 

  • Possess or be qualified to obtain a USDA Forest Service driver’s license 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

  • Positive attendance and progress record 

  • At least 17 years old 

  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 

  • Health clearance at current center 

  • Strong work ethic and determination to succeed 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
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Meet your instructors

Tavaris Evans
Tavaris Evans is an Advanced Forestry Technician instructor at Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center. As a graduate of the Job Corps program, Tavaris wanted to give back to the program that gave so much to him. He completed certification in Advanced Wildland Fire Management and previously worked as an assistant engine chief with the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico.