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Area Planner (Silviculture) in Campbell River at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 7/1/2018

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Job Description

Located at Central Island Forest Operation in Campbell River B.C. This incumbent is primarily responsible for the Gold River Forest Operation.


Under the supervision of the Operations Planner, the Area Planner plays a lead role in Forest Operations Planning, providing ongoing support for forest management activities. The incumbent is responsible for forestry related planning and operational forestry related to the implementation of basic silviculture activities and Silvicultural liabilities. This may also include the support and/or coordination of certification programs within the designated TFL or Forest Operation.

At the discretion of the Operations Planner, this position may incorporate some or all of the responsibilities of the Area Forester – Planning position. These responsibilities would be identified in the PGM and IDP process.


Safety & Environmental Performance

  • Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring the adherence of company safety and sustainability processes and procedures. This includes support of the EMS, CSA and/or SFI certification systems.

Financial Performance

  • Support the development of an annual silviculture budget for the designated TFL or Forest Operation;
  • Support the preparation and review of quarterly and annual silviculture provision reporting; this includes the determination of the basic silviculture rate (BSR) for the designated TFL or Forest Operation;
  • Work closely with the Divisional Accountant to ensure all operational decisions are based on sound financial analytics;
  • Utilize financial data to analyze trends and make recommendations to improve efficiency;
  • Recommend effective and innovative strategies to drive cost efficiencies in the operation.


  • Provide leadership and direction to improve safety, reduce operational costs, and maximize value and margins while meeting customer requirements;
  • Manage and supervise silvicultural/planning employees and contractors at the operation;
  • Create and sustain a culture of accountability and continuous improvement;
  • Supporting WFP’s business and core values by managing issues and engaging support from senior leadership as required;
  • Train, coach and manage the performance of salaried staff and contractors;
  • Actively maintain current and potential mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations partners, Government agencies and public and private interest groups to support access to incremental fibre; and
  • Liaison with Corporate Forestry Planners to assist in strategic planning.
  • Participate in the consultation process with First Nations and other stakeholders, acting as a member of the information sharing team.


  • Coordinate all silvicultural/planning, GIS, and development activities required for the implementation of annual silviculture plans,
  • Responsible for implementation of all basic silvicultural activities including but not limited to planting, brushing and survey programs and ensure that the projects are in compliance with various Operational Plans and Company Policies.
  • Quality control of information in silviculture record keeping systems.
  • Ensure the process to review operational plans with appropriate Operations Managers, General Foremen and Production Supervisors is followed as part of the post harvest assessment process.
  • Assist Operations Planner to plan, schedule and manage short term tactical plans for basic silviculture projects;
  • Work with Operations Planner to prepare and manage the silviculture budgets, Silviculture Provision and BSR (Basic Silviculture Rate).
  • Support the coordination and management of Company certification systems (EMS, CSA, SFI ) within the designated TFL or Forest Operation;
  • Prepare and peer review the various plans and assessments associated with cutblock development including:
  • Site Plans, Silviculture, Harvest, and Road Instructions, Pest Management Plans, Resource Management Burn Plans and other related silviculture projects and prepare applications as necessary;
  • Assess completed activities for adherence to plans and enact corrective measures, as required;
  • Support the development and/or implementation of various Forest Management Strategies that may be applicable to the designated TFL, Forest Operation or entire Timberlands
  • Ensure compliance with various Operational Plans and Company policies in regards to cutblock development;
  • Provide assistance for planning waste & residue activities.

Job Requirements


Education and Experience

  • 5-7 years of experience in Operations Planning with increasingly responsible roles;
  • Post-secondary degree in Forestry or related degree in Natural Resource Management; and
  • Current accreditation with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (RPF or RFT).

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Excellent understanding and comprehension of Forest Management and Land Use Planning;
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment with good communication skills and an ability to speak confidently in a public setting;
  • Good working knowledge of legal regulations and requirements related to BC crown and private land forest operations;
  • Knowledge of silvicultural and forest harvesting practices with a strong focus on improving safety, quality, and efficiency; and
  • Experience with forestry software (CENFOR (GENUS), survey wizard, plant wizard, Microsoft office products and Forest Ops) as well as technology (i.e. LiDAR) would be considered an asset.

This position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early for consideration.
Internal candidates please apply to this posting and notify recruitment of your interest.