Western Forest Products has a fantastic opportunity for a Practices Forester on Vancouver Island. Ideally based in Campbell River, but we have some flexibility on location.
The Practices Forester plays a critical role in Western’s commitment to being a leader in sustainable forest management by providing forest stewardship, operational planning, certification, and environmental performance support to the Operations Management team.
You will develop strong collaborative relationships across all of Western’s Operations supporting the operational implementation of our industry leading forest stewardship practices and modernized operational planning processes. Success will require relationships built on trust, respect, proficiency, and professionalism.
What You Will Do:
- Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring adherence to company safety and sustainability processes and procedures.
- Prepare project specific budgets, forecasts, monitor spending, and report results; and
- Recommend and implement effective and innovative strategies to drive cost efficiencies.
- Provide leadership to improve safety, ensure Western’s forest practices meet the highest standards, reduce operational costs, and maximize margins; and
- Support one Western culture across the timberlands by leading through collaboration, respect, and trust.
- Proactively support the Timberlands Operations, Saanich Forestry Centre, Fibre Supply, and Log Allocation and Logistics groups with standardized implementation of Western’s forest stewardship practices, certification and sourcing standards, and operational planning processes;
- Design and maintain an efficient, effective, and integrated monitoring and verification program for key aspects of Western’s forest stewardship practices and operational planning processes;
- Lead the alignment of Western’s CSA Sustainable Forest Management plans with the Stewardship and Conservation Plan and Western Planning Standard;
- Organize and facilitate Timberlands Management Reviews aligned with the Corporate Management and Environmental Review Committee (MERC);
- Assist with the preparation of environmental incident reports including root cause analysis to inform system and process improvements;
- Report out weekly, monthly, and quarterly on Timberlands performance for key metrics;
- In coordination with the corporate Certification and EMS Manager, lead and support internal and external EMS and certification audits;
- Participate as an alternate for the Certification and EMS Manager on SFM committees for SFI and CSA.
Who You Are:
Education and Experience:
- Minimum 5 years of experience in resource management, operational planning, and operations in increasingly responsible roles;
- Post-secondary degree or diploma in Forestry or related degree or diploma in the Natural Resource Management fields;
- Current registration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals;
- Experience supervising or implementing timber harvesting and road construction plans is an asset;
- Experience in conducting audits of complex, multi-site/multi-standard EMS and SFM systems is an asset.
Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies
- Thorough knowledge of professional forestry obligations and technical forestry practices;
- Good understanding and comprehension of environmental management systems;
- Good comprehension of CSA and SFI sustainable forest management standards and systems;
- Sound understanding of forestry and environmental legislation;
- Proficient in the use of MS Office products;
- Ability to audit conformance to EMS and SFM systems;
- Proven ability to work in a team environment with good communication skills and an ability to speak confidently in a public setting;
- Willingness to travel to operations on a regular basis;
- Recognized EMS/SFM auditor training (i.e. SAI, PwC or KPMG) is considered an asset.
Benefits and Compensation
We value our employees and offer a comprehensive total rewards package, which includes competitive compensation with a pay-for-performance philosophy, employer-paid benefits, pension and other programs designed to support our employees and meet their needs. If you invest your time and talents in our company, we will invest in you.
We strive to support our people in reaching their full potential. We provide a variety of on-the-job training and continuing education in many areas at Western to ensure you have the skills you need to succeed. Our promote-from-within culture recognizes high performance, and we offer diverse career paths across the organization for those with the talent and will to advance.
About Western Forest Products
Western Forest Products is a Canadian forest products company that sustainably manages forests and manufactures high-quality wood products. We are committed to providing the most sustainable building products on the planet. With operations in the coastal region of British Columbia and Washington State, Western Forest Products meets the needs of customers worldwide with a specialty wood products focus and diverse product offering sourced from our secure access to a variety of coastal BC tree species. Our progressive approach to safe and sustainable forestry practices and large investment in manufacturing ensures the health and prosperity of our forests, communities and business for generations to come.
We provide equal opportunity in recruitment, career development, promotion, training and rewards for all employees.
Job Type: Full-time