Logging and Forestry Supervisors

(NOC 8211)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in logging and silviculture operations. They work for by logging companies, contractors, and government agencies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate -415 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 355 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Supervisors in Logging and Forestry most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 57% of Supervisors in Logging and Forestry who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $43,324. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$23,553

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$24.84

Median

$32.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in logging and silviculture operations. They work for by logging companies, contractors, and government agencies.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group:

  • 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 like 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.
  • Instruct 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 personnel regarding forest harvesting and forest management plans, procedures, and schedules.
  • Prepare production and other reports.
  • Hire and train new workers.

Sample job titles

  • forestry conservation contractor
  • forestry foreman/woman
  • forestry supervisor
  • logging contractor
  • logging supervisor
  • planting crew foreman/woman
  • production supervisor - logging
  • silviculture contractor

Skills

You need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A one- to three-year college program for forestry technologists or technicians may be required.
  • Formal company training and several months of on-the-job training are provided.
  • A chemical application licence may be required.
  • An industrial first aid certificate may be required.

Other considerations

Job opportunities are sensitive to changing economic conditions in the industry in which people are employed. Also, supervisory personnel usually have significant non-supervisory experience in a related field. Several years of experience as a logger, silvicultural worker, or logging machinery operator are usually required.

By the numbers

Quick look

175

employed in 2016

85.7%

employed full-time

42.9%

self employed

5.7%
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94.3%
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52.3

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

20.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

61.1%

North Shore

19.4%

Southern

8.3%

Annapolis Valley

5.6%

Cape Breton

5.6%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.2%

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting

7.4%

Construction

7.4%

Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

28.0%

45-54

22.0%

55-64

19.0%

65+

17.0%

35-44

8.0%

25-34

6.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

20.7%

45-54

19.8%

15-24

19.2%

55-64

16.2%

35-44

14.8%

25-34

Top levels of education

25.7%

College Diploma

N/A
20.0%

High school

N/A
20.0%

Less than high school

N/A
17.1%

Apprenticeship

N/A
11.4%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

35.7%

Less than high school

$23,463 median annual income
30.8%

High school

$19,301 median annual income
13.7%

College Diploma

$29,551 median annual income
13.4%

Apprenticeship

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Siploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing and using indoor and outdoor environmental pollution control systems. They include courses in environmental safety principles, testing and sampling procedures, laboratory techniques, instrumentation calibration, safety and protection procedures, equipment maintenance, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Environmental Training Institute

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Natural Resources Management and Policy

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources. They include courses in the principles of wildlife and conservation biology, environmental science, animal population surveying, natural resource economics, management techniques for various habitats, applicable law and policy, administrative and communications skills, and public relations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Maritime College of Forest Technology
Fredericton, NB
Canadian Institute of Forestry - Nova Scotia
Mattawa, ON
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
Truro, NS
Forest Nova Scotia
Hildon, NS
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Forestry
Mattawa, ON

Additional resources

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