Silviculture and forestry workers (NOC 8422)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Significant seasonality

Job titles

  • assistant-forestry worker (Quebec public service)
  • brush cutter - forestry
  • clearing saw operator - forestry
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Nature of work

Silviculture and forestry workers perform a variety of duties related to reforestation and to the management, improvement and conservation of forest lands. They are employed by logging companies, contractors and government services.

Fields of interest

  • Developing and working with natural resources
  • Doing sports or physical activities
  • Working in nature or with animals
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Silviculture and forestry workers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Assess site, select seedlings and plant trees using manual planting tools in reforestation areas
  • - Operate power thinning saw to thin and space trees in reforestation areas
  • - Operate chain saw to thin young forest stands
  • - Control weeds and undergrowth in regenerating forest stands using manual tools and chemicals
  • - Complete firefighting reports and maintain firefighting equipment
  • - Dig trenches, cut trees, pump water on burning areas to fight forest fires under direction of fire suppression officer or forestry technician
  • - Operate and maintain a skidder, bulldozer or other prime mover to pull a variety of scarification or site preparation equipment over areas to be regenerated
  • - Perform other silviculture duties such as collecting seed cones, pruning trees, assisting in planting surveys and marking trees for subsequent operations.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Completion of a college or other specialized program for silviculture workers or forestry crew workers may be required.
  • * Formal training in power saw operation and maintenance and several months of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • * Experience as a logging and forestry labourer may be required.
  • * A chemicals application licence is required.
  • * Workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) and transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certificates may be required.
  • * A silvicultural worker's licence may be required.

Skill type

  • Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • * Progression to forestry technician or technologist is possible with additional education and training.

Professional associations

  • Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre en aménagement forestier
  • 965 avenue Newton, bureau 254
  • Québec, QC
  • G1P4M4
  • Toll free: 1-877-864-7126
  • Phone: 418-864-7126
  • Fax: 418-864-7136
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