Walter Robarge, Instructor and Mimi Worth, Teacher Assistant

Program Goal: In the Conservation program your “classroom” can be in the forest one day and the local park the next. Students are introduced to the career areas in heavy equipment operation/maintenance and forest management.

Curriculum: Students will learn skills in surveying, landscaping, forestry, fish and wildlife management. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in the annual Conservation competition. Students will earn their OSHA 10 card and forklift certification. If they meet the requirements, they will have the opportunity to prepare for Technical and Career Education a New York State Commercial Driver’s License (CDL Class B). The Conservation Program also runs a successful on-campus greenhouse (WTCC).

Units of Study:

  • Heavy Equipment, Operations/Maintenance
  • Forest Improvement
  • Basic Surveying
  • Landscape Design/Construction
  • Tree Climbing/Pruning
  • OSHA 10 Certification - General Industry

Job Outlook

  • The median pay for Construction Equipment Operators is $46,080 a year.
  • The median pay for Forest and Conservation Workers is $27,650 a year.
  • The median pay for Material Moving Machine Operators is $34,830 a year.

US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook: Construction Equipment Operators

US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook-Forest and Conservation Workers

US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook-Material Moving Machine Operators