Assemble floating logs into rafts for towing to mill.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Rafters do?

Assembles floating logs into rafts for towing to mill: Bores holes in boom sticks, and swifters with power-driven auger, and threads chain or cable through holes to form raft frame. Signals LOG SORTER to push logs between frame members and maneuvers them into position with pike pole, or signals boat operator to push log bundles into raft. Binds logs into rafts with chain or cable and fastens binder with cable clamp or clevis. May unload logs from railroad cars and log trucks.

Should I be a Rafter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Gofer, Logging Rafter Laborer, Log Rafter, Raftsman, Raw Material Manager, River Rat, Road Cutter, Roper

    How to become a Rafter

    Rafters 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 Rafter-related education!
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