Logging Workers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates activities of logging workers.

This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Food Products and Processing Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Monitors workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.
  • Monitors logging operations to identify and solve problems, improve work methods, and ensure compliance with safety, company, and government regulations.
  • Changes logging operations or methods to eliminate unsafe conditions.
  • Trains workers in tree felling or bucking, operation of tractors or loading machines, yarding or loading techniques, or safety regulations.
  • Assigns to workers duties such as trees to be cut, cutting sequences and specifications, or loading of trucks, railcars, or rafts.
  • Supervises or coordinates the activities of workers engaged in logging operations or silvicultural operations.
  • Plans or schedules logging operations, such as felling or bucking trees or grading, sorting, yarding, or loading logs.
  • Communicates with forestry personnel regarding forest harvesting or forest management plans, procedures, or schedules.
  • Determines logging operation methods, crew sizes, or equipment requirements, conferring with mill, company, or forestry officials as necessary.
  • Coordinates dismantling, moving, and setting up equipment at new work sites.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Whole body vibrations, such as when operating a jackhammer
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Seasonal work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Crew Foreman --
  • Crew Leader --
  • Crew Supervisor --
  • Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator) --
  • Harvesting Supervisor --
  • Loader Operator Supervisor --
  • Logging Crew Foreman --
  • Logging Crew Supervisor --
  • Logging Supervisor --
  • Trucking Supervisor --