Logging and Forestry Labourers

Occupation:Logging and Forestry Labourers
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

About the job

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.

Job 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.
  • Spray herbicides from the ground using manual spraying equipment.
  • Clear trails through woodlands using chain saws.
  • Clean up landing areas at logging sites.
Sample job titles:
  • boom worker
  • chokerman/woman - logging
  • forestry labourer
  • logging labourer
  • seasonal tree planter
  • sprayer - logging and forestry

To work in these jobs, you should have good health, physical stamina, and strength. Agility, coordination, and mechanical aptitude would be helpful. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job 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.
Other considerations:

Most workers in these jobs work for part of the year and typically earn less than half the yearly income of employees who work for the whole year. Although some labouring jobs are seasonal, others are not. Wages will vary according to the specific type of work performed, and annual incomes of many workers in these jobs are relatively low. They are often exposed to harsh weather conditions. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. There is mobility among jobs in this group and progression to other positions, such as silviculture and forestry worker, chain saw and skidder operator or logging machinery operator, is possible with experience.

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 Labourers most commonly work full-time hours. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 17% of Logging and Forestry Labourers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,958. 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
Logging and Forestry Labourers205xxx
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $17.00
Maximum: $21.00
Minimum: $2,502
Median: $11,337
Maximum: $45,630
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
Logging and Forestry LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time73%84%
Percent self-employed0%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentLogging and Forestry LabourersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton10%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley11%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeLogging and Forestry LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Median Age3345
GenderLogging and Forestry LabourersCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
EducationLogging and Forestry LabourersCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school23.3%$39,24734.0%$14,445
High school46.7%$42,15131.5%$14,229
Trades certificate11.7%$30,97014.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma6.7%$40,63914.3%$21,289
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree13.3%x4.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax0.3%$17,206
Master's degreeN/Ax0.4%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/AxN/AN/A
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.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Forestry - Nova Scotia
c/o The Canadian Ecology Centre P.O Box 99, 6905 Hwy. 17 West
Tel: (705) 744-1715
Fax: (705) 744-1716
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1107
Fax: (902) 895-4270
Nova Scotia Forestry Association
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1179
Fax: (902) 893-1197

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
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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