Conservation Officer

Conservation Officer

Conservation officers work with conservationists to secure and protect natural resources. They assist with research projects or studies to conserve management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock and wildlife. In park settings, conservation officers patrol backcountry areas and other secure sites, provide emergency services, manage wildlife/human interactions on the roadways or in campgrounds and encourage visitors to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Assist with research projects or studies to conserve management practices
  • Follow technical standards and specifications used to manage, protect and improve the natural resources of conservation
  • Participate in management of forage resources through fire, herbicide use or revegetation
  • Construct and maintain water shed and soil-erosion structures
  • Patrol backcountry areas and other secure sites
  • Provide emergency services
  • Manage wildlife/human interactions on the roadways or in campgrounds
  • Encourage visitors at parks and other sites to develop a sense of stewardship for park resources
  • Utilize equipment for monitoring conservation structures and navigation
  • Provide public education for visitors to conversation site
  • Participate in possible human or animal search and rescue activities
  • Offer advice regarding water management, forage production methods and control of brush
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, earth science, chemistry, biology, botany and mathematics.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, crop science, soil science, biology or a related field, such as horticulture, plant physiology or environmental science is required. An associate degree or training in law enforcement is an additional benefit for this job.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Conservation officers can be employed by research firms and governmental, environmental and conservation organizations.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Society for Range Management
  • World Association of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • National Arbor Day Foundation
  • Sierra Club 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$40,545
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