Forestry workers

Forestry workers

NOC
8422

- Silviculture and forestry workers

Perform duties related to reforestation and to the management, improvement and conservation of forest lands.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

43
 

Median Hourly Wage

$20.00
$15.00
Low
$27.39
High

Median Salary

$17,758
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

384
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

23%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

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.

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.

Also Known As

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

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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

13.9%
Female
86.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

22.2%
15-24
13.9%
25-34
13.9%
35-44
16.7%
45-54
25.0%
55-64
8.3%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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20.6%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
47.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.9%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
11.8%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
14.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

66.7%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
13.9%
Public administration
8.3%
Manufacturing
11.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

19.40%
Northeast
13.90%
Southeast
11.10%
Southwest
38.90%
Central
16.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$15,214
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
N/A
Southwest
$28,456
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$20.00
$15.40
Low
$25.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available

Central

$20.85
$14.17
Low
$30.00
High

Northwest

$19.00
$14.50
Low
$23.54
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$17,758

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$40,943

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$17,758

Newfoundland

$19,445

Prince Edward Island

$17,802

Nova Scotia

$21,121

Canada

$21,960
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

43
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

50
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

104
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-52
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

156