Logging and forestry labourers (NOC 8616)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2018-2020)
Minimum 15.00$
Median 20.00$
Maximum 26.75$
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Elemental (generally secondary studies uncompleted)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Significant seasonality

Nature of work

Logging and forestry labourers perform a variety of manual tasks such as attaching choker cables to logs, planting trees, clearing brush, spraying chemicals, cleaning up landing areas and assisting other workers in woodlands operations. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.

Main duties

  • Logging and forestry labourers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Assist other workers at logging sites
  • - Attach chokers or cables to felled trees for yarding
  • - Plant trees using manual tools
  • - Continued…
  • - Spray herbicides from the ground using manual spraying equipment
  • - Clear trails through woodlands using chain saws
  • - Clean up landing areas at logging sites.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • * Completion of pre-employment safety courses may be required.
  • * Several weeks of formal and on-the-job training are provided.
  • * Workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) certificate may be required.
  • * Chemicals application licence may be required.

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