Logging and Forestry Workers

Chainsaw and skidder operators operate chain saws and fell, delimb and buck trees. Silviculture and forestry workers plant tree seedlings, thin and space trees in reforestation areas, control weeds and undergrowth, fight forest fires under direction and operate chain saws, skidders, bulldozers and other duties necessary for the improvement and conservation of forestry lands. Forest firefighters serve as members of firefighting teams to establish water supplies, connect hoses, direct water to extinguish flames and embers and suppress fires.


  • High school diploma.
  • Diploma from a forestry program at a college or technical school may be required.
  • Formal chainsaw operation training and a specified period of on-the-job training is required.
  • Accreditation as a forestry worker may be required.
  • WHMIS and transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certificates may be required.

Current Workforce:

Approximately 0.0% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 0.0% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 27.5% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 70.6% live in other communities. About 41.2% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 29.4% in the Construction sector.