8616 – Logging and forestry labourers | Canada NOC |

8616 – Logging and forestry labourers

Logging and forestry labourers perform a variety of manual tasks such as attaching choker cables to logs, planting trees, clearing brush, spraying chemicals, cleaning up landing areas and assisting other workers in woodlands operations. They are employed by logging companies and contractors.


Index of titles

Example titles

Boom man/woman

Boom worker

Boom worker – logging

Boom worker – mill pond

Cable hooker – logging

Choke setter – logging


Chokerman/woman – logging

Forestry labourer

Log driver

Log rider

Logging and forestry labourer

Logging labourer


Pulpwood piler

River driver

Seasonal swamper – logging

Seasonal swamper – logging forestry

Seasonal tree planter

Sprayer – logging and forestry

Swamper – logging and forestry

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Assist other workers at logging sites

Attach chokers or cables to felled trees for yarding

Plant trees using manual tools

Spray herbicides from the ground using manual spraying equipment

Clear trails through woodlands using chain saws

Clean up landing areas at logging sites.

Employment requirements

Completion of secondary school may be required.

Completion of pre-employment safety courses may be required.

Several weeks of formal and on-the-job training are provided.

Workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) certificate may be required.

Chemicals application licence may be required.

Additional information

There is mobility among jobs in this unit group.

Progression to other positions, such as silviculture and forestry worker, chain saw and skidder operator or logging machinery operator, is possible with experience.


Chain saw and skidder operators (8421)

Logging machinery operators (8241)

Silviculture and forestry workers (8422)