Careers: Fallers

Careers: Fallers

This job is right for you if….

You have physical strength and stamina and enjoy working with chainsaws and axes to cut down trees.

Fast Facts:

Fallers rate their career happiness at a 3.4 out of 5, which is in the top 41% of careers!

Median Hourly Earnings:


Occupational Group:

  • General Labor
  • Transport 
  • Support

Job Types Include:

  • Timber Faller
  • Lumberjack
  • Pulpwood Cutter

Maine Based Resources To Get Training: Fallers

Entry-Level Education 



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. 

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. 

University of Maine- Forestry Education & Research


Professional Training 

Technical Tree Cutting and Felling

North American Training Solutions 


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.