River

Rive logs or wooden blocks into bolts, pickets, posts, shakes, or stakes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rivers do?

Rives logs or wooden blocks into bolts, pickets, posts, shakes, or stakes, using handtools, such as ax wedges, sledgehammer, froe, and mallet: Drives wedge into log with ax and sledgehammer to split log along grain to form posts or bolts. Positions froe on block according to grain and thickness of specified product and pounds it into block with mallet to start cut. Pulls froe handle up or down to pry and split pieces from block. May fell trees, using chain saw [FALLER II] and cut logs into desired lengths [BUCKER]. May be designated according to product cut as Rail Splitter; Shake Splitter; Shingle-Bolt Cutter; Stave-Block Splitter.


Should I be a River?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a River

    Rivers 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 River-related education!
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