Tree Feller

Tree Fellers (Forestry and Logging Workers) specialise in cutting down trees and determining the safest and natural way for them to fall. They work with other logging workers and must use a variety of tools and adhere to all safety standards while working.

Duties and tasks

  • Adhere to strict safety standards while felling to ensure personal and public safety
  • Clear forest area from obstacles or remains before felling trees
  • Cut tops of trees and major branches and saw tree trunks into log pieces
  • Examine trees to determine if any diseases or problems have occurred to compromise the growth and health of the tree and plan for which trees to fell
  • 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
  • Work with logging companies or forestry organisations on specific requests and determine the amount and type of trees to fell

Skills required

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

Working conditions

Tree Fellers typically work Mondays to Fridays, but may be required to work on 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 should adhere to all safety precautions and procedures.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC)
Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)
Logging Investigation & Training Association (L.I.T.A.)

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  • Timber and Wood Production Worker