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Supervisors in Logging and Forestry

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NOC:8211
Occupation:Logging and Forestry Supervisors
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

Nature of work:

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in logging and silviculture operations. They schedule work crews, equipment, and transportation; resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve work methods; and identify unsafe work conditions, instruct workers in safety, and modify work procedures. They also ensure that government regulations are met; prepare production and other reports; and train new workers. They are employed by logging companies, contractors and government agencies.

Job duties:
Supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Supervise and coordinate 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
Sample job titles:
  • forestry conservation contractor
  • forestry foreman/woman
  • forestry supervisor
  • logging contractor
  • logging supervisor
  • planting crew foreman/woman
  • production supervisor - logging
  • silviculture contractor
Skills:

For these jobs, you need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job 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.
  • A chemical application licence may be required.
  • An industrial first aid certificate may be required.
Other considerations:

Job opportunities are sensitive to changing economic conditions in the industry in which people are employed. Also, supervisory personnel usually have significant non-supervisory experience in a related field. Several years of experience as a logger, silvicultural worker, or logging machinery operator are usually required.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Logging and Forestry Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 59% of Logging and Forestry Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,324. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Supervisors in Logging and Forestry150xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $23,553
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining14,665Decline slightly910High
Minimum: $10.85
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.88
Minimum: $4,009
Median: $23,520
Maximum: $87,170
Supervisors in Logging and ForestryCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time88%84%
Percent self-employed13%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentSupervisors in Logging and ForestryCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern20%x12%$30,581
Northern63%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax6%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeSupervisors in Logging and ForestryCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3429%8%
35-4443%19%
45-5429%42%
55-64N/A26%
65+29%4%
Median Age5245
GenderSupervisors in Logging and ForestryCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Female6%15%
Male94%85%
EducationSupervisors in Logging and ForestryCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school25.0%x34.0%$14,445
High school21.9%x31.5%$14,229
Trades certificate15.6%x14.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma21.9%x14.3%$21,289
University certificate or diploma6.3%x1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree9.4%x4.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$17,206
Master's degreeN/Ax0.4%x
DoctorateN/Ax0.1%$10,708
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/AxN/AN/A
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Maritime College of Forest Technology
1350 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6
Tel: (866) 619-9900
Fax: (506) 458-0679
info@mcft.nb.ca
Canadian Institute of Forestry - Nova Scotia
c/o The Canadian Ecology Centre P.O Box 99, 6905 Hwy. 17 West
MATTAWA, ON P0H 1V0
Tel: (705) 744-1715
Fax: (705) 744-1716
admin@cif-ifg.org
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1107
Fax: (902) 895-4270
fssns@fss.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Forestry Association
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1179
Fax: (902) 893-1197
kari@nsfa.ca
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
PO Box 697, 5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Tel: (902) 424-5300
ohsdivision@novascotia.ca
Canadian Institute of Forestry
P.O. BOX 99, 6905 HWY. 17 WEST
MATTAWA, ON POH 1V0
Tel: (705) 744-1715
Fax: (705) 744-1716
admin@cif-ifc.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Environmental engineering technology/environmental technology
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing and using indoor and outdoor environmental pollution control systems. These programs include courses in environmental safety principles, testing and sampling procedures, laboratory techniques, instrumentation calibration, safety and protection procedures, equipment maintenance, and report preparation.
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Maritime Environmental Training Institute
301 Alexandra Street
Sydney, NS B1S 2E8
(902) 539-9766
training@metiatlantic.com
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Forest technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to assist foresters in the management and production of forest resources. These programs include courses in woods and field skills, tree identification, timber measurement, logging and timber harvesting, forest propagation and regeneration, forest firefighting, resource management, equipment operation and maintenance, record-keeping, sales and purchasing operations, and personnel supervision.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.