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Career Connections: Natural Sciences Manager

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Natural Science Manager.

I'm Dwayne Borovicka, most people call me Bill, and I'm the supervisory forestry technician here at the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest for the USDA Forest Service. I'm kind of like the forest manager here. I set the work schedules, I do the hiring, I manage the property, the buildings, the staff. I'm also crew leader on all the projects in the field.

(Describer) He measures around a tree.

Purchasing, budgets, that's me. In the forest, we're working on projects,

(Describer) He works at a computer.

looking at the long-term health and sustainability of the forest that we have here in Southeast Ohio. We have projects that use a variety of different techniques to manage the forest, using harvesting, different levels of harvesting, like a clear cut versus a thinning, removing some of the trees. We use prescribed fire, and we also have some studies in herbicide. Then we use combinations of those to get the right treatment to generate the seedlings that you need for the next forest. You want to get many science classes. Science is really important, even the chemistry. It's not that I use chemistry, but just having an understanding of that. Math is important. I don't use calculus every day, but definitely algebra is really important, trigonometry is really important. Understanding mathematical concepts is really important. Writing, any English classes, communication classes you can take--critical. Most of what we do is record and relay information, so you want to be able to do that in the proper way.

(Describer) He measures a plant.

I'm not stuck at a desk. My job changes.

(Describer) He writes notes.

Any project we work on takes two weeks to collect data, and we roll into another project.

(Describer) He studies holes in leaves.

Just build up your knowledge base of whatever natural thing you want to get into, whether it's bugs or trees or little plants, it's all important to have that basic ground knowledge. When people think of the forest service, they think about trees and foresters, but we're more than that. We have forestry technicians and scientists. We have law enforcement officers, firefighters. We have writers who take the information we gather and write up journals. Any career you could think of, the forest service has that. I never think, "Aw, I got work today." I love going to work. It's an incredible place to work. Talking to my coworkers here, they all say the same thing. It's not, "Oh, more poison ivy and ticks." It's, "We're outside. This is great. Let's go do it."

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Hear from a forest services manager who leads projects for forest health and sustainability. He discusses the importance of math, science, writing, and communication in the field of forestry. Learn about the many careers available in the area of natural sciences. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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