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

Limited

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  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2022

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

  • Estimate 415 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1430 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. 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. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

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

$13.00

Minimum

$18.00

Median

$30.00

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 foreperson
  • forestry supervisor
  • logging contractor
  • logging supervisor
  • planting crew foreperson
  • 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

$21,899 median annual income
19.4%

Southern

N/A
8.3%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
5.6%

Cape Breton

N/A
5.6%

Halifax

N/A

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%

Less than high school

N/A
20.0%

High school

N/A
17.1%

Trade Certification

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%

Trade Certification

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

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

Various, NS

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, 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

Various, 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, Skills and Immigration, Occupational Health and Safety Division
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Forestry
Mattawa, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.