Forestry Technician

Los Angeles County Human Resources

Los Angeles County , California

Performs routine reforestation field work and assists in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of forestry field units and related resource projects.

Positions allocable to this class are distinguished by their entry-level assignment assisting higher level forestry personnel in performing nursery and forestry duties related to propagation and field planting. Under the supervision of professional forestry personnel, incumbents prepare planting sites, plant trees, cultivate seedlings, maintain and repair forestry facilities, landscape Fire Department facilities, conduct emergency oak tree inspections, and perform other related activities as assigned. Positions also conduct field demonstrations as part of the conservation education program. Incumbents typically work in isolated, remote areas and are required to hike or climb rugged terrain as well as lift and operate heavy equipment. Incumbents also participate in emergency related activities, and may be required to work prolonged hours without sleep.

Essential Job Functions

  • Participates in the maintenance of forestry facilities and equipment.
  • Pots, plants, transplants, fertilizes, sprays, prunes, and waters forestry stock.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports regarding propagation, conducts emergency oak tree inspections, verifies oak tree reports, and conducts enforcement inspections.
  • Participates in native plant propagation from seed collection to field planting.
  • Serves as a working supervisor for small crews of unskilled workers comprised of court referrals or youth programs, performing fire hazard reduction, nursery maintenance, plant propagation, and other resource related projects, or serves as the liaison for such projects with supervised work crews.
  • Operates and instructs others in the use of manual and power operated tools.
  • Collects live fuel moisture samples; processes and prepares reports.
  • Applies herbicides, insecticides, and other chemicals for purposes of vegetation management or forest nursery practices.
  • Staffs the 24-hour visitor center at Henninger Flats, provides security, and gives assistance to visitors.
  • Conducts field demonstrations, guided field unit tours, and conservation education programs.
  • Performs in a logistical support capacity during designated emergency operations.
  • Drives a truck or other automotive equipment in the performance of duties.
  • Provides emergency medical assistance as required.

An Associate of Arts degree or equivalent from an accredited* college/institution** with specialization in forestry or closely related field*** -AND- One (1) year of experience in forestry management, conservation, environmental resource protection, or application of forestry principles.


Accreditation: Accredited colleges/institutions are those listed in the publications of regional, national or international accrediting agencies which are accepted by the Department of Human Resources. Publications such as American Universities and Colleges and International Handbook of Universities are acceptable references. Also acceptable, if appropriate, are degrees that have been evaluated and deemed to be equivalent to degrees from United States accredited institutions by an academic credential evaluation agency recognized by The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.

Educational requirement: Applicants for this position must include a legible copy of their official diploma, transcript(s), or official letter(s) from the accredited institution which shows the area of specialization. The document(s) must be attached to your application at the time of filing, or submit via fax or e-mail, within 15 calendar days of filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.

Related fields: Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation, Recreation Administration, Landscape Architecture, Wildlife, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management, Botany, Environmental Science (Ecology), Horticulture and Arboricultural Sciences. All related fields will be reviewed for content and curriculum emphasis.

A valid California Class C Driver License. A California Class B Commercial Driver License with water tank and air brake endorsements is required within one (1) year from the date of appointment and prior to completion of the probationary period. Some positions may require a passenger endorsement in addition to other required endorsements.

License information: Applicants for this examination must attach a copy of their California Class C Driver License at the time of filing, or submit via fax or e-mail, within 15 calendar days of filing. Failure to provide the required documentation will result in application rejection.

Candidates offered these positions will be required to obtain a copy of their driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles (and any other state in which the candidate had held a Driver License during the preceding 5 years) before being appointed. A copy of the driving record(s) must be presented at the time of appointment. License must not be suspended, restricted, or revoked.


4 - Arduous: Involves frequent heavy lifting over 25 pounds, often combined with bending, twisting, or working on irregular surfaces; and occasionally requires extraordinary physical activity.