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The exact duties Forestry Conservation and Firefighting perform are based on the type of credentials that they have earned, and the types of careers suited for them are very wide ranging and varied. Many go on to jobs that have them gathering data in various ecosystems for scientific studies or as firefighters in the wilderness of the country. Others get involved in trail and parkland maintenance.

Career Details


Students in Forestry Conservation and Firefighting are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Controlling and suppressing forest fires as part of a firefighting crew
  • Using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps to extinguish flames
  • Providing technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, and related natural resources
  • Compiling data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts
  • Surveying forest lands for seedling survival and wildlife damage

Career Options

Most Forestry Conservation and Firefighting Job Corps graduates go on to become forest and conservation specialists.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Passing score in the arduous level of a Pack Test of (a) aerobic capacity, (b) muscular strength, and (c) muscular endurance.
  • Ability to work in steep terrain and in extreme temperatures, altitude, and in smoky conditions while maintaining the ability to meet emergencies.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a valid certification in basic first aid and CPR.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Forestry Conservation and Firefighting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for rules
Problem-solving skills
Stress tolerance