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Logging workers plan and undertake the practical tasks involved in felling trees in plantations and forests. They create harvesting plans for the felling pattern of a plantation, determining the natural and Future Growth Static intended fall of each tree. Prior to tree felling they clear the surrounding area of saplings and debris and mark out the timber for felling. They prepare trees for felling by removing major branches and tree tops, and trimming branches. They saw into the trunks of trees, and ensure that the trees fall safely and with minimum damage. They also assist in loading felled trees onto vehicles for transportation.


ANZSCO description: 8413: Fells trees in forests, and trims and saws them into logs. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Forestry Worker, Logger, Logging Worker, Timber Worker, Tree Feller, Timber Harvesting Operator

Specialisations: Hardwood Faller, Softwood Faller

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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A logging worker needs:

  • physical fitness, strength and stamina
  • to enjoy working outdoors
  • practical and manual skills
  • problem solving skills
  • the ability to work well under pressure

Duties and Tasks

  • maintaining forest roads, buildings, facilities, signs and equipment
  • killing weeds, felling and de-barking non-productive trees and thinning young plantations
  • collecting seeds, and cultivating and planting seedlings for reafforestation purposes
  • applying fertilisers, insecticides and herbicides to individual trees and general forest areas
  • maintaining look-out for fires in forests
  • removing major branches and tree tops, trimming branches and sawing trunks into logs ["bucking" - sawing into logs]
  • operate manual and machine saws to fell and buck trees
  • assisting with loading and transporting logs
  • planning the felling of trees and determining the natural and intended fall of each tree
  • clearing surrounding area of saplings and debris prior to tree-felling
  • operating and maintaining manual and machine saws to fell trees and to cut felled trees into logs
  • operate machinery such as loading machines, excavators and bulldozers
  • maintain equipment
  • maintain strict occupational health and safety requirements

Working conditions

Logging workers work for government departments, forest owners or private contractors in softwood and hardwood plantations and re-growth forests. These are usually located in rural areas or isolated bush locations, so significant travel may be involved. Their work site may be hazardous and noisy. They spend the vast majority of their time outdoors, working in most weather conditions. They usually work in small work teams, and are required to undertake a wide variety of manual activities. They usually work regular hours during the day. Logging workers are usually required to wear safety equipment, and must maintain strict safety guidelines at all times.

Tools and technologies

Logging workers use a range of hand tools, such as axes, sickles and billhooks, as well as operating and maintaining power tools like chainsaws and powersaws. They often drive tractors, forwarders, harvesters and lorries. They are usually required to wear protective clothing such as heavy boots, reinforced trousers, gloves, masks and goggles, and harnesses.

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a tree faller without any formal qualifications and get training on the job, however you can also complete a traineeship. The harvesting technician traineeship usually takes 12 months to complete.

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