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Harvesting Operator (Timber)

Timber harvesting operators undertake a range of tasks to do with the harvesting and maintenance of trees in natural forests and plantations, including logging, felling and sawing trees.

Duties & Tasks
Timber harvesting operators may perform the following tasks:
  • remove or trim branches and tree tops
  • load and transport logs
  • clear area around intended fall of each tree
  • plan the tree felling and bucking (sawing into logs)
  • operate manual and machine saws to fell and buck trees
  • operate machinery such as loading machines, excavators and bulldozers
  • maintain equipment
  • maintain strict occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Working conditions
    Timber harvesting operators usually work under the supervision of a senior tree faller. They work outside, often in a team. They may be required to live in, or travel to, regional or remote areas for work.
    Personal requirements
  • able to undertake manual and heavy work
  • observant and methodical
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy outdoor work
  • enjoy working in teams
  • alert and safety-conscious.
  • Related courses
    QLD
    TAS
    VIC
    NSW
    WA


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