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8616 – Logging and forestry labourers

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.


Example titles

  • Chokerman/woman
  • Forestry labourer
  • Logging labourer
  • Seasonal tree planter
  • Swamper - logging and forestry

Main duties

This group performs 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
  • 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.

Additional information

  • There is mobility among jobs in this unit group.
  • Progression to other positions, such as silviculture and forestry worker, chain saw and skidder operator or logging machinery operator, is possible with experience.


  • Chain saw and skidder operators (8421)
  • Logging machinery operators (8241)
  • Silviculture and forestry workers (8422)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
861 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8616.0 – Logging and forestry labourers
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