Supervisors, logging and forestry (NOC 8211)

About this job

Supervisors in this group:

  • supervise and coordinate the activities of workers engaged in logging and silvicultural operations
  • work for logging companies, contractors and government agencies
Common job titles
  • boom master - logging
  • contractor, forestry / logging
  • foreperson, forestry / logging / planting
  • supervisor, buckers / forestry crew
  • tender, grapple yarder hook (logging)


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
  • solve work problems and recommend measures to improve work methods
  • train workers in safety, recognize unsafe work conditions and modify work procedures
  • make sure that government regulations are met
  • communicate with forestry technical, professional and management staff about forest harvesting and forest management plans, procedures and schedules
  • prepare production and other reports
  • hire and train new workers

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a controlled indoor setting.
  • Work is also done outdoors in various weather conditions.
  • Working in woodland operations can be hazardous and proper safety procedures must be adhered to.
  • Workers may be exposed to noise in the workplace that could cause hearing problems.
  • The workplace may contain airborne particles such as dust and sand.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Supervisors have many options available to them. There are opportunities to move to other companies in search of higher-level positions. Supervisors may also become mine inspectors, full-time trainers or safety/loss prevention coordinators.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.