Supervisors, logging and forestry (NOC 8211)

Job titles

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Nature of work

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers engaged in logging operations and silvicultural operations. They are employed by logging companies, contractors and government agencies.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Managing, organizing, administrating
  • Working outdoors or with the environment

Main duties

  • Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of logging and forestry workers in woodland operations, often in several work locations over several square kilometres
  • - Oversee silvicultural activities such as scarification, planting and vegetation control
  • - Schedule work crews, equipment and transportation for several work locations
  • - Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve work methods
  • - Instruct workers in safety, recognize unsafe work conditions and modify work procedures
  • - Ensure that government regulations are met
  • - Communicate with forestry technical, professional and management personnel regarding forest harvesting and forest management plans, procedures and schedules
  • - Prepare production and other reports
  • - Hire and train new workers.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a one- to three-year college program for forestry technologists or technicians may be required.
  • * Formal company training and several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • * Several years of experience as a logger, silvicultural worker, or logging machinery operator are usually required.
  • * A chemical application licence may be required.
  • * An industrial first aid certificate may be required.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

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