First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
SOC: 45-1011.05

Description:

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
47,100 employed

Projected (2024):
43,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Buck Swamper
  • Crew Foreman
  • Crew Leader
  • Crew Supervisor
  • Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator)
  • Felling-Bucking Supervisor
  • Forestry Foreman
  • Forestry Supervisor
  • Harvesting Supervisor
  • Head Bucker
  • Head Chopper
  • Head Loader
  • Head Rigger
  • Head Sawyer
  • Head Swamper
  • Loader Operator Supervisor
  • Log Sorting Supervisor
  • Logging Contractor
  • Logging Crew Foreman
  • Logging Crew Supervisor
  • Logging Superintendent
  • Logging Supervisor
  • Press Supervisor
  • Saw Boss
  • Saw Superintendent
  • Trucking Supervisor
  • Turpentine Farmer
  • Woods Boss
  • Woods Rider
  • Woods Superintendent


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Axes
  • Backhoes
  • Cable winches
  • Chain flail delimbers
  • Chain saws
  • Debarking tools
  • Delimbing gates
  • Feller bunchers
  • Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Front end loaders
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grapple processors
  • Grapple yarders
  • Hand saws
  • Hard hats
  • Hoisting racks
  • Knuckleboom loaders
  • Log skidders
  • Logging arches
  • Logging tractors
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mobile logging cranes
  • Personal computers
  • Portable data collectors
  • Pruning shears
  • Pullthrough delimbers
  • Sawbucks
  • Sonar equipment
  • Stroke delimbers
  • Timber tongs
  • Tracked bulldozers
  • Tracked excavators
  • Two way radios
  • Video camera systems
  • BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker
  • Database software
  • Landmark Sales LOG-istics
  • Mapping software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • TradeTec Computer Systems TallyWorks Logs
  • Word processing software


  • farming fishing and forestry


    industry stats

    SOC: 45-0000

    Total Employed: 454,230

    Average Annual Salary: $26,360