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!

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

Basic Skills:

  • 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

Problem Solving:

Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve

Arborist cutting branches with chainsaw. Action shot, visible saw dust.

Median Hourly Earnings:


Job Types Include:

  • Timber Faller
  • Lumberjack
  • Pulpwood Cutter

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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. 

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