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Logging Workers Supervisor  What They Do

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First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers Career Video



Directly supervises and coordinates activities of logging workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.
  • Monitors logging operations to identify and solve problems, improve work methods, and ensure compliance with safety, company, and government regulations.
  • Changes logging operations or methods to eliminate unsafe conditions.
  • Trains workers in tree felling or bucking, operation of tractors or loading machines, yarding or loading techniques, or safety regulations.
  • Assigns to workers duties such as trees to be cut, cutting sequences and specifications, or loading of trucks, railcars, or rafts.
  • Supervises or coordinates the activities of workers engaged in logging operations or silvicultural operations.
  • Plans or schedules logging operations, such as felling or bucking trees or grading, sorting, yarding, or loading logs.
  • Communicates with forestry personnel regarding forest harvesting or forest management plans, procedures, or schedules.
  • Determines logging operation methods, crew sizes, or equipment requirements, conferring with mill, company, or forestry officials as necessary.
  • Coordinates dismantling, moving, and setting up equipment at new work sites.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Seasonal work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Crew Foreman --
  • Crew Leader --
  • Crew Supervisor --
  • Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator) --
  • Harvesting Supervisor --
  • Loader Operator Supervisor --
  • Logging Crew Foreman --
  • Logging Crew Supervisor --
  • Logging Supervisor --
  • Trucking Supervisor --