8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

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Lead statement

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.

Example Titles

  • forest operations supervisor
  • forestry crew supervisor
  • hook tender – logging
  • logging contractor
  • logging foreman/woman
  • production supervisor – logging
  • silviculture supervisor
  • woods foreman/woman

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.

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.


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