National Occupancy Classification: Logging and Forestry Workers

There are a many logging and forestry jobs available in Canada, particularly in the Prairie Provinces where there are huge forests. There is quite a lot of demand for this type of work and it is possible to apply for immigration based on employment with a logging or forestry company.

The NOC (National Occupation Classification system) exists to define professions and jobs throughout Canada in an effort to standardize what is expected of people with certain job descriptions. This classification system is used in immigration applications for employment based immigration.

Below are two different job descriptions that some people look for when looking for a basis for immigration.

8421 Chain Saw and Skidder Operators

The logging industry uses workers to operate chainsaws to cut down trees and then a skidder is used to drag the logs to a staging area for transportation.

Alternate names used for this profession include:

  • Buckers,
  • Fellers,
  • Logger,
  • Grapple Skidder Operator,
  • Landingperson, or
  • Pieceworker.

In the course of duty for this job chain saw and skidder operators will be expected to

  • Fell and delimb trees,
  • Transport trees to landing area,
  • Maintain and repair logging equipment,
  • Operate as a logging team.

Depending on the employer’s preferences, the following may be employment requirements:

  • High school degree,
  • College degree in forestry,
  • Formal training,
  • Experience,
  • Certification.

8422 Silviculture and Forestry Workers

Silviculture is the care and management of trees and forests. The difference between silviculturalists and loggers is that silviculture is more interested in the upkeep of forests instead of cutting down trees.They are most often hired by logging companies or contractors.

Other names for silviculture include:

  • Clearing saw operator,
  • Forest firefighter,
  • Pieceworker,
  • Thinning saw operator,
  • Forestry crewperson.

Duties included in silviculture are:

  • Seeding forest sites,
  • Using thinning saws to aid in forest growth,
  • Controlling weeds and undergrowth,
  • Fight forest fires,
  • Preparing forests for other projects.

Requirements for employment may include:

  • High school degree,
  • College degree,
  • Formal training, or on the job training,
  • Experience,
  • A license.