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Seismic Labourer

About This Career

Seismic Labourers assist in various aspects in the four phases of seismic operations: surveying, line clearing, seismic drilling and data acquisition and recording. They are also instrumental in supporting more specialized positions on the crews. This occupation is considered an entry-level position. Seismic Labourers often develop on-the-job skills and are provided training that allows for movement into higher skilled or more responsible positions.

The typical roles in this occupation include:

  • Chainer's Assistants help measure, map and locate drilling locations.
  • Surveyor's Assistants help collect and process survey readings.
  • Locator's Assistants help find and document all buried utilities.
  • Packers clear debris from seismic lines and help move equipment.
  • Driller's Helpers assist with drilling holes and placing charges.
  • Lineworkers place, remove, load and unload all seismic recording equipment.

Education: A high school diploma is preferred by employers but not necessary.

Employment: This occupation works in both onshore and offshore environments and is employed in the oil and gas services sector of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Surveyor’s Helper and Assistant, Locator’s Helper and Assistant, Driller’s Helper and Assistant, Packer, Jug Stomper, Bag Runner

Work Activities
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Following the direction of the Chainer.
Following the direction of the GPS Surveyor and Rover.
Following the direction of the Pipeline/Buried Facilities/Utilities Locator.
Following the direction of the Driller.
Following the direction of the Line Boss.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Operating specialized or conventional survey equipment to measure distances and angles.
Using a compass.
Documenting/Recording Information
Helping create line sketches and verifying the location of seismic lines, access routes, houses, creeks, rivers, roads, vegetation, water and oil wells, etc.
Handling and Moving Objects
Placing flags on marks on the cable.
Loading dynamite into shot holes.
Measuring the distances between flags and features in the terrain.
Numbering flags.
Helping find, track and mark pipelines, cables and buried utilities.
Performing other tasks that the Chainsaw Bucker may need assistance with.
Marking drop zones.
Helping the Driller as required.
Holding stakes during surveying activities.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices or Equipment
Operating a chainsaw under supervision.
Performing General Physical Activities
Helping to physically drag a long tape through a line that has been cleared.
Clearing debris on seismic lines to ensure the line is accessible for others that follow.
Carrying supplies.
Loading and unloading seismic equipment from seismic line vehicles or heli-bags.
Processing Information
Assisting in the collection and processing of field survey data using GPS equipment.
Service Orientation
Attention to Detail
Public Safety and Security
Active Listening
Career Path
  • Chainers
  • Chainsaw Buckers or Fallers
  • Field Equipment Coordinators
  • GPS Surveyors or Rovers
  • Seismic Drillers
  • Seismic Observers
  • Shooters or Blasters
  • Utilities Locators
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Working Conditions
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable weather
  • Hazardous
    Hazardous Conditions
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Job Details

Job Category

Field Workers


Oil and gas services



Qualifications + Experience


  • Grade 10


  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • H2S Alive
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)
  • Oilfield Driver Awareness


  • A valid driver’s licence and a clean driving record may be required, depending on the company and role

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to pass pre-employment physical assessment and drug test