Career Details for Forest Fire Inspectors & Prevention Specialists

Forest Fire Inspectors & Prevention Specialists

Also called:

Fire Lookout, Forest Officer, Forest Ranger, Ranger

What they do:

Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

On the job, you would:

  • Relay messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.
  • Direct crews working on firelines during forest fires.
  • Estimate sizes and characteristics of fires, and report findings to base camps by radio or telephone.

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  • customer service
  • management

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security
  • law and government

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Math and Science

  • geography

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Basic Skills

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Visual Understanding

  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Microsoft Word

Data base user interface and query software

  • Fire incident reporting systems

Map creation software

  • Mapping software


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bachelor's degree usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK


New job opportunities are very likely in the future.


per year, on average
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