National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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8422 - Silviculture and forestry workers

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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

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

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Arborists (See 2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists)
    • Chain saw and skidder operators (8421)
    • Forest nursery workers (See 8432 Nursery and greenhouse workers)
    • Forestry professionals (2122)
    • Forestry technologists and technicians (2223)
    • Logging and forestry labourers (8616)
    • Supervisors, logging and forestry (8211)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional information

    • There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.
    • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
    • Progression to forestry technician or technologist is possible with additional education and training.
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