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First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of logging workers.   (O'Net 45-1011.05)

 
Reported job titles:   Buck Swamper, Crew Foreman, Crew Leader, Crew Supervisor, Feller Buncher Operator (FB Operator), Felling-Bucking Supervisor, 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, Trucking Supervisor, Turpentine Farmer, Woods Boss, Woods Rider, Woods Superintendent
 
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    Wages
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                          - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.74   $ 16.66   $ 21.07   $ 24.43   $ 29.23   $ 21.17  
    Yearly $26,500   $34,650   $43,810   $50,820   $60,800   $44,030  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.12   $ 17.27   $ 21.03   $ 24.49   $ 28.43   $ 20.93  
    Yearly $31,440   $35,920   $43,740   $50,940   $59,140   $43,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.64   $ 14.60   $ 19.67   $ 24.07   $ 28.43   $ 19.50  
    Yearly $24,210   $30,370   $40,910   $50,060   $59,130   $40,560  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.92   $ 21.03   $ 22.87   $ 26.76   $ 45.08   $ 26.62  
    Yearly $41,430   $43,730   $47,560   $55,650   $93,760   $55,360  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                  - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 345 357 0.3% 9
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers which includes:
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers
                                - First-Line Supervisors of Animal Husbandry and Animal Care Workers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Crop production 22.0%
    Animal production and aquaculture 21.7%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 20.1%
    Forestry and logging 13.7%
    Support activities for agriculture and forestry 4.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • 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.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Forester Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Forester Licensing
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: First-Line Supervisors of Logging Workers  updated December 2006
     


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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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