NOC 8616 – Logging and forestry labourers


  • boom man/woman
  • boom worker
  • boom worker – logging
  • boom worker – mill pond
  • cable hooker – logging
  • choke setter – logging
  • chokerman/woman
  • chokerman/woman – logging
  • forestry labourer
  • log driver
  • log rider
  • logging and forestry labourer
  • logging labourer
  • pondman/woman
  • pulpwood piler
  • river driver
  • seasonal swamper – logging
  • seasonal swamper – logging forestry
  • seasonal tree planter
  • sprayer – logging and forestry
  • swamper – logging and forestry

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.

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)

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