A conservation worker performs the manual labor related to preserving a given area of wildlife and/or nature. Conservation workers usually operate under the supervision of conservation scientists, who determine the proper course of action in any given case and give instructions to the conservation workers. Conservation workers are normally tasked with constructing various pieces of equipment, moving equipment around and performing maintenance on it, as well as preparing trees for being cut down. A conservation worker will also have to perform regular routine checks on the areas they operate in, to ensure everything is in working order.
Though there aren’t any strict educational requirements for becoming a conservation worker, knowledge in some particular areas can be of great benefit to candidates. Those areas include geography, specifically that of the regions of operation, mathematics, and experience working with machines and electronics, especially those involved in the job of the conservation worker. The experience required for performing the job efficiently is attained in the course of employment.
Oddly, conservation workers tend to be paid roughly as much as conservation scientists, despite the fact that the job is a lot easier to obtain and involves fewer and less stressful responsibilities than that of a conservation scientists. Due to this, the market for conservation workers tends to be a lot more crowded than that for conservation scientists. The median salary for 2009 was $44,000, and the better-compensated workers earn about $60,000 a year. Though it’s not impossible for conservation workers to earn over $60,000 – $65,000 annually, it’s not a common occurrence.