8422 Silviculture and forestry workers

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Lead statement

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.

Example Titles

  • clearing saw operator – forestry
  • forest firefighter
  • forestry crew worker
  • pieceworker – silviculture
  • scarification equipment operator – forestry
  • silviculture worker
  • thinning saw operator

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.

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.

Additional 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.

Exclusions

  • Arborists (in 22252225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists)
  • Chain saw and skidder operators (84218421)
  • Forest nursery workers (in 84328432 Nursery and greenhouse workers)
  • Forestry professionals (21222122)
  • Forestry technologists and technicians (22232223)
  • Logging and forestry labourers (86168616)
  • Supervisors, logging and forestry (82118211)