This job is right for you if….
You have physical strength and stamina and enjoy working with chainsaws and axes to cut down trees.
Fallers rate their career happiness at a 3.4 out of 5, which is in the top 41% of careers!
What they do:
Use axes or chainsaws to fell trees using knowledge of tree characteristics and cutting techniques to control the direction of fall and minimize tree damage
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve
Median Hourly Earnings:
Job Types Include:
- Timber Faller
- Pulpwood Cutter
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Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Fallers
Currently, there are four Forestry/Wood Harvesting programs in Maine, all offer Certified Logging Professional (CLP) apprenticeship certification to successful graduates. These programs accept high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Training lasts between one and three years depending on the individual school.
- Oxford Hills Tech School – Norway, Maine
- Foster Technology Center – Farmington, Maine
- Region 9 School of Applied Technology – Rumford, Maine
- Region 2 School of Applied Technology – Dyer Brook, Maine
Maine Community College System
Community Colleges offer programs that may be of interest to a prospective logger or associated worker (i.e., anyone with interest in logging but does not actively log or supervise loggers). Includes: foresters, truckers, others, Programs vary from welding to equipment operation, to diesel engine mechanism, to hydraulics, and more.
- Northern Maine Community College – Presque Isle, Maine
- Central Maine Community College – Auburn, Maine
- Eastern Maine Community College – Bangor, Maine
- Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield and Hinkley, Maine
- Southern Maine Community College – South Portland, Maine
- Washington County Community College – Calais, Maine
- York County Community College – Wells, Maine
University of Maine- Forestry Education & Research
- University of Maine at Orono – four year undergraduate and post graduate degrees
- Univeristy of Maine at Fort Kent – two year Associates Degree – Applied Forest Management program
Technical Tree Cutting and Felling
This course educates anyone who operates a chainsaw about the proper tree felling procedures ideal for restricted work areas as well as chainsaw safety, maintenance, and handling.
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