NOC 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.

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.

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.

All Titles

  • brush cutter – forestry
  • clearing saw operator – forestry
  • collector, seed cones
  • crew worker, forestrycrewman, forestry, crewwoman, forestry, forestry crewman, forestry crewwoman
  • crewman/woman, forest fire suppressioncrewman, forest fire suppression, crewwoman, forest fire suppression, fire suppression crewman, fire suppression crewwoman
  • crewman/woman, forestry
  • fire crewman/womanfire crewman, fire crewwoman
  • fire lookout
  • fire suppression crewman/woman
  • firefighter, forestfireman, forest, firewoman, forest, forest fireman, forest firewoman
  • forest firefighter
  • forestry conservation worker
  • forestry crew worker
  • forestry crewman/woman
  • forestry worker
  • forestry worker – logging
  • lookout – forestry
  • operator, clearing saw – forestry
  • operator, scarification equipment – forestry
  • operator, scarifier – silviculture
  • operator, spacing saw – forestry
  • picker, seed cones
  • pieceworker – silviculture
  • precommercial tree thinner
  • scarification equipment operator
  • scarification equipment operator – forestry
  • scarifier operator – silviculture
  • seed cone collector
  • seed cone picker
  • silviculture worker
  • spacing saw operator
  • spacing saw operator – forestry
  • thinning saw operator
  • thinning saw operator – forestry
  • tree pruner – forestry
  • tree spacer – forestry


  • 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)


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