Log graders and scalers are responsible for inspecting and estimating the value of logs or pulpwood. They work primarily in the outdoors and in locations such as sorting yards, log decks or millponds examining logs for defects and measuring them for volume. They grade the logs and estimate their marketable content.
Usually a high school diploma or equivalent is required. A forestry technician degree or forestry experience may be helpful in some cases.
Average Annual Salary: $36,948
Average Hourly Rate: $18/hour
Evaluate log characteristics and determine grades using established criteria
Weigh logs before and after unloading
Record load weights
Work under general supervision
Rely on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals
This job is right for you if...
You enjoy math
You like making decisions
You like working outdoors
You want to be in a management position without having to sit behind a desk