Logging Worker

Logging workers cut down, process and transport large trees for logging purposes. They must use a variety of tools and adhere to all safety standards while working. Logging Workers perform physical labour and should be physically able to do so.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict safety standards while logging to ensure personal and public safety
  • Clear forest area from obstacles or remains before cutting down trees
  • Cut tops of trees and major branches and saw tree trunks into log pieces
  • Load logs into trucks and other machinery for transport
  • Observe and interpret trees to determine the best and natural way for them to fall
  • Operate a variety of hazardous machines, tools and equipment such as saws to cut down trees and chop them into logs

Skills required

  • Adhere to Strict Safety Standards
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Physical Strength
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Skills

Working conditions

Logging Workers typically work Mondays to Fridays, but may be required to work evenings and weekends depending on particular logging project area schedule. They work in outdoor forest areas with densely populated trees. They must operate a variety of hazardous equipment and materials and are required to perform heavy lifting.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC) 


Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) 

Logging Investigation & Training Association (L.I.T.A.)

Related jobs and job titles

  • Forest Worker
  • Forester
  • Harvesting Operator (Timber)
  • Logging Worker
  • Timber and Wood Production Worker
  • Tree Faller