First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.

Median Annual Wage: $44,880

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (46%); Less than high school diploma (30%); Bachelor's degree (20%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Logging Crew Foreman; Logging Supervisor; Crew Leader; Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator); Loader Operator Supervisor; Harvesting Supervisor; Crew Foreman; Crew Supervisor; Logging Crew Supervisor; Trucking Supervisor

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  • Monitor logging operations to identify and solve problems, improve work methods, and ensure compliance with safety, company, and government regulations.
  • Change logging operations or methods to eliminate unsafe conditions.
  • Train workers in tree felling or bucking, operation of tractors or loading machines, yarding or loading techniques, or safety regulations.
  • Assign to workers duties such as trees to be cut, cutting sequences and specifications, or loading of trucks, railcars, or rafts.
  • Supervise or coordinate the activities of workers engaged in logging operations or silvicultural operations.
  • Plan or schedule logging operations, such as felling or bucking trees or grading, sorting, yarding, or loading logs.
  • Determine logging operation methods, crew sizes, or equipment requirements, conferring with mill, company, or forestry officials as necessary.
  • Communicate with forestry personnel regarding forest harvesting or forest management plans, procedures, or schedules.
  • Coordinate dismantling, moving, and setting up equipment at new work sites.
  • Coordinate the selection and movement of logs from storage areas, according to transportation schedules or production requirements.
  • Schedule work crews, equipment, or transportation for several different work locations.
  • Prepare production or personnel time records for management.

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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers.

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