Cruise forest lands to estimate volume of marketable timbers.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cruisers do?

Cruises forest land to estimate volume of marketable timber and collect data concerning forest conditions for appraisal, sales, administration, logging, land use, and forest management planning: Traverses forest area on foot in established pattern and applies sampling technique. Sights over scale stick to estimate height and diameter of each tree in sample. Estimates loss of marketable volume due to defects, such as rot and bends in tree, and computes quantity of usable wood in each tree. Logs cruise data and prepares summary report of timber types, sizes, condition, and outstanding features of area, such as existing roads, streams, lakes, and communication facilities. May mark trees with spray paint to denote trail, boundary, or for cutting. May be designated Chief Cruiser when leading a crew.

Should I be a Cruiser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Chief Cruiser, Cross Tie Cutter, Timber Cruiser

    How to become a Cruiser

    Cruisers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Cruiser-related education!
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