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

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.

Sample of reported job titles: 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

Tasks

  • Monitor workers to ensure that safety regulations are followed, warning or disciplining those who violate safety regulations.
  • 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.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - BCS Woodlands Software The Logger Tracker
  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Inventory management software - Landmark Sales LOG-istics; TradeTec Computer Systems TallyWorks Logs
  • Map creation software - Mapping software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

Tools Used

  • Agricultural tractors - Logging tractors
  • Air compressors
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled - Four wheel drive 4WD vehicles
  • Axes
  • Backhoes
  • Conventional truck cranes - Mobile logging cranes
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Video camera systems
  • Dollies - Logging arches
  • Forestry saws - Pruning shears
  • Forestry skidders - Log skidders
  • Front end loaders
  • Gas generators - Gas-powered generators
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver - Geodetic ground global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grapples - Timber tongs
  • Hard hats
  • Hoists - Hoisting racks
  • Lumbering equipment - Chain flail delimbers; Grapple processors; Grapple yarders; Sawbucks (see all 9 examples)
  • Personal computers
  • Portable data input terminals - Portable data collectors
  • Power saws - Chain saws
  • Saws - Hand saws
  • Sonars - Sonar equipment
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Track bulldozers - Tracked bulldozers
  • Track excavators - Tracked excavators
  • Track loaders - Knuckleboom loaders
  • Two way radios
  • Winches - Cable winches

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Interests

  • Interest code: ERC
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Frequency of Decision Making - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 74% responded “Very important results.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 69% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 81% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Telephone - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 65% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 62% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 66% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 56% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 66% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 48% responded “Very important.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Consequence of Error - 42% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 29% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 28% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 35% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 34% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 36% responded “Never.”
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration - 37% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 42% responded “Less than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
46%High school diploma or equivalent
30%Less than high school diploma
20%Bachelor's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $22.39 hourly, $46,570 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 49,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,500

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