Silviculture and Forestry Workers 


Silviculture and forestry workers plant tree seedlings, thin and space trees in reforestation areas, control weeds / undergrowth, fight forest fires under direction, and operate chain saws, skidders, bulldozers, and other equipment to carry out duties for the improvement / conservation of forest lands.


Work: They also perform other activities such as collecting seed cones, pruning trees, and marking trees for later operations.

Useful Secondary School subjects: Mechanics, Physical Education, First Aid, English

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma

Requirements: To be a logging or forestry worker, you may need a high school diploma. You may need a college or other specialized forestry worker or silviculture program as well as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and other safety certification. Employers usually provide you with formal training in power / chain saw operation and maintenance, and several months' on-the-job training. You may need experience as a logging or forestry labourer or a logging machine operator. To be a silviculture or forestry worker, you need a chemicals application licence and may need a silviculture worker's licence. Many recent entrants have a high school diploma, and almost 1 in 4 has a trade / vocational certificate or community college diploma.

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