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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:

  • A 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 smoke while maintaining the ability to meet unforeseen emergencies
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • 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.

Students who complete a program in the Renewable Resources and Energy training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Forestry Conservation and Firefighting Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


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

Training Facilities