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Two new “Areas of Interest” announced for marine protection in Nova Scotia

Canadian Forestry News - Fri, 2018-03-23 08:49
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NS) welcomes today’s announcement by the federal government that it intends on creating two new marine protected areas in the waters surrounding Nova Scotia.
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Harvesting Supervisor in BC Interior, British Columbia, Canada with Forest People

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Thu, 2018-03-22 04:07

This growth oriented Canadian company operating in British Columbia’s interior region focuses on forestry, sawmilling, and power generation.  From an exceptional fibre basket, the company’s mills manufacture structural grade dimension lumber and produce clean, renewable energy.

The Harvesting Supervisor is responsible for the supervision of our logging, construction, maintenance and log hauling activities to ensure timely delivery of fibre.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Overseeing all phases of timber operations, including road construction and maintenance, harvesting, hauling and post-harvest obligations
  • Participate in the budgeting process as well the development of Annual Work Schedules and Annual Reports
  • Implementing operational safety, environmental and forest certification programs and ensuring compliance with plans and government regulations

Here is what is offered: 

  • Excellent financial compensation and health benefit package, including an annual health spending allowance
  • A wide range of professional development and training opportunities
  • Flexible work hours
  • The chance to live and work in an active and growing community offering the best aspects of small town life with a wide range of amenities, including superb outdoor recreational opportunities of all types, extensive all season trail systems, golf course, hospital, and nearby ski hill

Required Skills:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn, a positive attitude, be physically fit, and able to produce positive results with clients and contractors
  • Have the ability to work in both an office and field environment where the tasks are very diverse
  • Registered (or eligible for registration) as a forestry professional with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals
  • Valid class 5 drivers licence
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Top picks for profits on Forests Day

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-03-21 20:40
Blazing threats of global warming have raised panic alarms across the globe, leading to greater consciousness toward building up forestry. Probably this is why a single day has been accommodated since March 21, 2013, to honor the worth of forest reservation. Source: Nasdaq Agreed, it is a socially-conscious idea, but the investing world has a lot to benefit from forestry.  Many companies are engaged in the timber industry. The industry has a low or negative correlation with traditional asset classes. Including this asset class in one’s portfolio provides excellent portfolio diversification, resulting in low volatility of portfolio returns. Investors might be surprised to know that timber ETFs like iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETFWOOD have easily surpassed broader market indices like the S&P 500 this year. The fund has gained more than 37% in the last one year (as of Mar 20, 2018). Lumber prices have been benefiting from the supply crunch (due to last year’s wildfires in Canada’s British Columbia, the world’s top exporter of softwood lumber) and strained trade relations between Canada and the United States. Last April, President Donald Trump announced a tariff of up to 24% on imports from the Canadian softwood lumber industry. Amid rising prices, US builders are reported to be hoarding lumber ‘for what is expected to be one of the busiest construction seasons in years,’ according to Wall Street Journal. Agreed, housing starts slipped 7.0% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.236 million units in February, but single-family projects rose for the second consecutive month. Single-family housing units under construction witnessed the highest number in February since June 2008. With single-family homebuilding making up the largest pie of the housing market, the timber industry definitely has a reason see price escalation. Moreover, profits from harvesting wood are subject to low-taxed capital gains. This makes shareholders in forest product companie organized as REITs enjoy higher current income. Weyerhaeuser Company REITWY yields about 3.60% annually while Catchmark Timber Trust Inc ‘s CTT dividend yield is 4.24% (as of Mar 20, 2018). Stock Picks Given this upbeat backdrop, we have highlighted a few timber-related stocks that investors could consider for a greener portfolio. All stocks come from a top-ranked Zacks industry (top 4%). Louisiana-Pacific Corporation LPX This Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company manufactures building materials and engineered wood products in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil. The stock has a VGM (Value, Growth, Momentum) of B. Universal Forest Products Inc. UFPI It is a holding company of businesses that form one of the largest producers of wood and wood-alternative products in North America. It has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Rayonier Inc. RYN It is a timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most-productive timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. It has a Zacks Rank #2. Potlatch Corporation PCH This Zacks Rank #1 company is a Real Estate Investment Trust with timberlands in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Mississippi. Boise Cascade L.L.C. BCC This Zacks Rank #1 company operates as a wood products manufacturer and building materials distributor. The stock has a VGM of A.  
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Plant Accountants in BC, British Columbia, Canada with West Fraser Timber Co Ltd

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Tue, 2018-03-20 00:33

Listed on the TSX, West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest products company. Recognized for the fifth time as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Canada's Best Employers for Recent Graduates for 2017, we continue to grow. Are you interested in working for a company that offers both a challenging work environment and a rewarding career path? We have openings in various locations for:

PLANT ACCOUNTANTS
  • 70 Mile House, BC, Canada
  • Quesnel, BC, Canada
  • Smithers, BC, Canada
  • Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Reporting to the Divisional Controller, this role will gain exposure to the full cycle of accounting and all matters impacting the financial team on site.  This is an exciting opportunity for recent graduates. West Fraser believes in promoting from within. Our ultimate goal is to promote the selected candidate to Divisional Controller in one of our Canadian Operations as opportunities arise. 

Specifically, the role will be responsible for:

  • Preparation and processing of various month end duties including journal entries, financial statement package, related mandatory reporting and general ledger reconciliations
  • Involvement as a key member of the management team on site
  • Coordination and compilation of annual business plan
  • Assisting mill management in department cost control, cost/benefit analysis and providing financial information and recommendations

 The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A professional accounting designation (CPA) or be enrolled in the CPA program or be a university graduate
  • A strong computer systems skill set
  • Well established organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Good verbal and written communication abilities
  • A detailed and proactive approach to work
  • A high level of motivation

We are looking for an individual who is interested in a full-time, long-term career. The successful candidate should be interested in future growth opportunities within the company.  We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, excellent benefits, an outstanding pension plan and relocation package.

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Production Supervisor in High Level, Alberta, Canada with Miriam Sherris Recruiting

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Fri, 2018-03-16 22:38

Job Opportunity: Production Supervisor with manufacturing experience.

his position is permanent, full-time and is based in High Level, AB.  Relocation is required.  Our client is seeking a career-minded Production Supervisor with strong leadership skills and experience in a unionized, continuous-process manufacturing environment.

How can you stand out? If You…

  • Have 3 or more years production supervisory experience, in a manufacturing environment (forestry would be ideal) and are committed to working the graveyard shift
  • Are seeking an exciting career opportunity and truly enjoy leading your team to achieve departmental goals, while always focusing on their career development
  • Are a team player who makes ‘safety first’ a top priority….This role might be for you!
  • As the ideal candidate, you are seeking an interesting career change where you will be part of a well-established team, with a reputable forestry employer.  If you want to make your mark and help contribute to the continued success of the operation and career development of your team, make sure to apply today!

You…

  • Are legally authorized to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status)
  • Are an inspiring and organized leader, who truly cares about your team and their contribution to the success of the operation
  • Must have experience in a continuous process manufacturing environment (forestry would be a definite asset)
  • Are proficient in the English language (verbal and written)

Our client is a well known and well respected employer who manufactures lumber, panel products, co-products, biomass power, and a growing number of specialty wood products in its operations across Western Canada.  As an industry leader in world markets, they provide a dynamic environment and consider the success of their people the most valuable resource.

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Forestry Coordinator in Georgian Bluffs/Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada with Grey Sauble Conservation

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Wed, 2018-03-14 23:10

 

Are you a Professional Forester who is passionate about forests and sustainable forest management?  Do you want to lead a department that provides sustainable management directly to 23,000 acres of forest, and delivers programs and services that support healthy forests across the watershed?  Then come and join our team at Grey Sauble Conservation (GSC).

We are looking for an outgoing, skilled, energetic and organized department leader who has a passion for the outdoors.  If you have a track record of setting goals, presenting well-considered options convincingly to decision-makers such as Boards of Directors and municipalities, and of implementing innovative programs then you will enjoy further building your career at GSC.

In Ontario Conservation Authorities are watershed-based.  The GSC watershed spans five major river basins between the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay and takes in some of the most picturesque and breathtaking views in Ontario.  The GSC Administrative office is in the Municipality of Georgian Bluffs just south of the City of Owen Sound.

The Forestry Coordinator reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer/General Manager.  GSC is a progressive conservation authority that seeks to provide expert advice and services to its municipalities and others, and to work cooperatively with partners and stakeholders.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Forestry Coordinator

Purpose of Position:

To lead and manage Grey Sauble Conservation’s (GSC) own forests and more broadly GSC’s forest-related programs, policies and strategies across the watershed such that GSC:

- Improves the health and diversity of GSC’s and other forests and the habitats they provide, including promoting native forest species populations;

- Supports the local economy and forest-related industry through the management and sale of forest products;

- Seeks to protect native species and Species at Risk and control the spread of invasive species; and

- Supports GSC so it remains sustainable and service-driven.

To ensure that GSC’s own forests enable and support the work of other departments, such as Lands and Habitats, Water Management, and Conservation Education.

Reporting Relationship:

Reports to the Chief Administrative Officer

Job Requirements:

a) Education, License(s), and Accreditation

- Graduation from a university program in forestry or a related field.

- Designation as a Professional Forester by the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA), or the ability to become designated within one year.

- Valid Ontario Class G Drivers License.

- Certified Tree Marker.

- Pesticides Act Exterminator Technician Certificate and ability to obtain a Pesticide Operator License on behalf of GSC.

- Managed Forest Plan Approver credential for the Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program.

b) Technical Knowledge and Experience

- Minimum of 10 years experience in forest management, including delivery of all facets of sustainable forest management.

- Minimum of 5 years experience in a supervisory capacity, including developing and continuously improving the programs and/or services delivered.

- Knowledge of the principles and practices of sustainable forestry, including current silvicultural standards and guides, and an understanding of natural resource management.

- Knowledge of Species at Risk and Invasive Species including related forest habitats, and legislation and regulations enforced in Ontario

- Familiarity with the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), air photo interpretation and mapping.

- An understanding of what makes a sound policy and guidelines framework and why, and experience in writing and implementing policies and guidelines.

- An understanding of the Canadian Forest Stewardship Council’s Forest Management Certification and/or similar certifications.

- Experience with fair and transparent public tendering principles and approaches.

c) Skills

- Demonstrated leadership and good judgement.

- Effective communication skills, including consistent messaging, tact, effective presentations, active listening and clear written and oral communication.

- Demonstrated fiscal accountability and effectiveness.

- Sound decision-making and the ability to balance competing priorities, deal with ambiguities and take risk mitigation and political implication into account.

- Demonstrated ability to work in a team and to develop and leverage working relationships and partnerships to influence and support the Authority’s desired outcomes.

- A focus on customer service, results and continuous improvement

- Strong organizational skills.

Responsibilities:

1. Lead and Manage the Forestry Department (25%)

1.1. Lead, supervise and motivate department staff, including the identification of the skills

needed, hiring and performance management and succession planning.

1.2. Propose department program(s), including their desired outcomes, performance measures and targets, and track results.

1.3. Create annual budget and operational plan, and manage in-year to meet financial targets.

1.4. Attend Authority Board of Directors, local Municipalities and Counties Councils and stakeholder meetings to advise and provide comments on forest management, including the development of supporting staff reports.

1.5. Work with the Finance Coordinator to apply for and supervise special funding and employment programs related to the department and seek external funding program supports when available.

1.6. Work with other Coordinators to identify and support where forests and forest management can be used to further GSC’s desired outcomes, and provide advice to other departments.

1.7. Support public education on sustainable forests management, and public notification/consultation about activities on GSC’s properties.

1.8. Propose updates and improvement to policies, standards and guidelines for the department, to better achieve GSC’s desired outcomes, including seeking the input of partners and stakeholders.

1.9. Adhere to GSC’s policies and guidelines, including non-harassment and personnel policies.

1.10. Manage Forestry Committee preparations, including agendas, materials and minutes.

1.11. Contribute Forestry needs to the Authority’s Asset Management Plan, in conjunction with GSC’s Field Superintendent.

1.12. Participation in GSC’s Risk Management activities, including ensuring that Occupational Health and Safety is fully implemented in the department.

1.13. Ensuring complete and central organized file and data structures for the department (in alignment with overall information lead/coordinator).

2. Deliver Sustainable Forests Management on GSC’s Lands (35%)

2.1. Manage and deliver Sustainable Forests Management, including:

·         Updates of the Forest Management Plan;

·         Classification of property parcels and stands;

·         Forest Resource Inventory;

·         Identification of Values and Areas of Concern; and

·         Forest Database Management / Geographic Information System (GIS) use for data and inputs, and the provision of improvement suggestions to the data and GIS administrators.

2.2. Forest Management Program Development.

2.3. Forest Operations, including delivery and oversight of management prescriptions, tree marking, sustainable tree harvesting, tree planting (including planting quality assessments, post-plant reports, 1st, 2nd and 5th year survival assessments), vegetation control, pest and disease management and stand tending.

2.4. Performance Measure (success) Reporting.

2.5. Manage GSC’s enrollment in and ongoing updates to the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program plans, and support others in Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program enrollments.

2.6. Manage the sale of GSC’s forest products, including annual programs, tendering, policies, guidelines, partner and stakeholder consultations, field implementation, harvesting compliance and public communications.

3. Promote Sustainable Forest Management on Others’ Properties (Grey Bruce Forestry Service) (35%)

3.1. Plan, coordinate, promote and implement a full range of Sustainable Forest Management services for non-GSC landowners that is ethical, affordable and enables good forest management and afforestation, and generates revenue to offset GSC’s programs.

3.2. Participate in grant programs such as the 50 Million Tree Program.

4. Other (5%)

4.1. Respond to public and staff inquiries.

4.2. Attend workshops, seminars and tours.

4.3. Ensure GSC participation on working groups and committees where it can help achieve

GSC’s desired outcomes, potentially including the Bruce Grey Woodlands Association and the Bruce Grey Forest Festival.

4.4. Network with others to support GSC’s goals, such as with the Community Forest Managers across Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

4.5. Work with Field Superintendent to identify and arrange forestry equipment purchases and leases.

4.6. Support GSC corporate endeavours, such as participation on the Health and Safety Committee, and strategic planning input.

4.7. Review land acquisition proposals and prepare timber estimates.

4.8. Assist with other departments as required (e.g flood monitoring/prevention activities).

4.9. Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:

Works in the Administration Centre with frequent site inspections to GSC and private landowner properties.

Site visits including navigation through rough on-trail and off-trail terrain such as forests and wetlands, during all seasons and all weathers.

Some schedule adjustments are required to accommodate meetings with public, interest groups, neighbours of properties, etc. outside core working hours.

Infrequent out of watershed meetings.

Contacts:

Regular contacts with the Board of Directors, county and local municipal staff and councils, staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Forests Ontario, local interest groups, organizations, landowners, clients, general public, naturalists, hunters, etc.

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US hits Canada with newsprint duties

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-03-14 21:32
American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties this week as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint. Source: Times Colonist The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation found Canadian exporters underpriced uncoated groundwood paper by between 0 and 22.16%. Uncoated groundwood paper includes newsprint, as well as book publishing, printing and writing papers. “President Trump made it clear from the beginning that we will vigorously administer our trade laws to provide US industry with relief from unfair trade practices,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. The department said it determined Canadian exporters have sold newsprint in the US at as much as 22.16% less than fair value and it will collect cash corresponding to those rates. It noted that the maximum margin of 22.16% is lower than the up to 54.97% rate alleged by Washington-based North Pacific Paper Company, which made the petition to the department to impose the tariffs. It complained Canada was dumping newsprint into the American market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home. Canada is the largest exporter of newsprint in the world, with a market dominated by Resolute Forest Products, Kruger and Catalyst Paper Corp of British Columbia. The department calculated a dumping rate of 22.16% for Catalyst Paper Corp, and all other producers excluding Resolute Forest Products and White Birch, which were both found to have dumping rates of 0%. The department’s investigation into the alleged dumping began in August 2017, and an International Trade Commission investigation began the following month. The department said a final determination in the investigation will be made in August. It’s the second time the Trump administration has slapped duties on the Canadian forestry industry in recent months. In December, the US International Trade Commission upheld tariffs on softwood lumber after it determined the lumber imported from Canada is subsidized and injures the US industry. Canada filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization in January about the way the US applies punitive tariffs, directly tied to softwood lumber.
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Canada Still Failing Wood Buffalo National Park A Year After UN Report

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-03-14 11:50
Fort McMurray, Alberta - On the anniversary of Environment Minister Catherine McKenna characterizing an international report that concluded governments have failed to protect Wood Buffalo National Park as a “call to action”, a coalition of Indigenous and environmental groups is still waiting for that action.
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International Day of Forests

Canadian Forestry Events - Wed, 2018-03-14 08:17
Wed, 21 Mar 2018 - Wed, 21 Mar 2018, Organizer: FAODD, Italy, FAO Hqs, Rome, Sheikh Zayed Centre. International Day of Forests
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Is Canadian forestry education a dying field of study?

Canadian Forestry News - Tue, 2018-03-13 23:07
Justin M. Gaudon, PhD candidate Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto   Canadian forestry is undoubtedly an important discipline, especially in light of climate change, for many ecological, socio-cultural, and commercial reasons, including the large amount of carbon forests hold. Climate change makes forestry education and research in Canada essential because Canada’s forests are changing […]
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24th Session of the Committee on Forestry

Canadian Forestry Events - Tue, 2018-03-13 22:20
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 - Fri, 20 Jul 2018, Organizer: FAO (FODI), Italy, FAO Hqs, Rome, Italy. 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry
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Saw Filers in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada with Skeena Sawmills Ltd

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Mon, 2018-03-05 00:36

Specific responsibilities of the position:

  • Sawmill Experience an Asset
  • Level 3 First Aid and COFI Grading Tickets would also be an asset.

Company:

Skeena Sawmills Ltd. (“Skeena”) is a Canadian corporation headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. Skeena’s sawmill and its forestry and woodlands operations are located in Terrace, British Columbia. The sawmill has a capacity of approximately 200 million board feet (471,947 m3) of lumber production annually. The mill is located 135km from Prince Rupert Container Port. Skeena is one of the major sawmills in British Columbia producing Hemlock and Balsam products for the Pacific Rim and the North American markets. In addition, the mill produces Western Red Cedar (WRC) products for the North American market.

With Customer Satisfaction being the primary focus, the Company has established a strong following in the international market place. We pride in producing high quality products in variety of sizes at competitive prices to meet our customer needs.

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Registered Professional Forester (RPF) or Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) in Fort St. John, Prince George or Terrace, B.C., British Columbia, Canada with Roy Northern Environmental Ltd.

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Fri, 2018-03-02 05:02

ROY NORTHERN LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL is an expanding progressive surface land and environmental consulting firm with a special interest in oil and gas, forestry, mining, energy, and agricultural industries, as well as municipal authorities throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Canada’s north. We employ a team of over 65 staff members located in our Fairview, Calgary, Fort St. John, Prince George, and Terrace offices, and we offer interdisciplinary expertise to develop environmental solutions for our clients throughout western Canada.  For over 30 years, we have directly assisted clients in regulatory application, and have provided consulting expertise on environmental legislation, regulations and guideline compliance related to project planning, development and reclamation.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Registered, eligible or a desire to register with the Association of BC Forest Professionals as RPF, RFT, FIT, TFT, ATC or SAS

  • 2+ years of relevant forestry experience (additional environmental consulting experience a plus)

  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Office

  • Current Safety Tickets (a plus); Valid Class 5 Driver’s License; Canadian Citizen or Permanent Residency

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Experience with timber cruising

  • Experience with timber reconnaissance work

  • Experience in cutting permit and appraisal submissions

  • Familiar with BC Forestry Legislation, Regulations and Policy & Practices

  • Well versed in applicable environmental regulations, guidelines and associated industry practices within BC

  • Strong commitment to client satisfaction and a working knowledge of the oil and gas and forestry industry

  • Ability to manage time and priorities effectively and ability to produce professional deliverables on time

  • Strong commitment to health and safety

  • Superior attention to detail, well organized, and ability to maintain accurate and up to date field information

  • Strong communication and technical report writing skills

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participation in a team environment, working closely with Project Managers and co-workers to complete work programs

  • Preparing and coordinating project documentation, subcontractors and equipment for field programs

  • Participation in field data collection programs (i.e., watercourse, wetland, vegetation, soil, timber, and wildlife assessments)

  • Timber cruising/valuation and waste surveying

  • Experinence3 with Timber reconnaissance survey

  • Reviewing, understanding and implementing plans consistent with BC Forestry Legislation, Regulations and Policy & Practices, guidelines, best management practices, higher level plans, etc.

Please email applications to humanresources@roynorthern.com.  This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected. We thank all applicants for applying and advise that only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

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ForestSAT 2018: Entering a New Era in Forest Observation and Analysis

Canadian Forestry Events - Tue, 2018-02-27 02:32
The biennial meeting of the Association for Forest Spatial Analysis Technologies (ForestSAT) has become the leading international gathering of researchers, practitioners and stakeholders interested in the development and use of established and emerging technologies for the observation and analysis of forests. ForestSAT2018, co-hosted by University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will be held just minutes from Washington DC.
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CPAWS celebrates “historic investment” in nature conservation in Federal Budget 2018

Canadian Forestry News - Mon, 2018-02-26 09:44
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – CPAWS applauds today’s announcement of $1.3 billion dollars of new federal funding over five years to protect Canada’s land, ocean, and wildlife. This unprecedented investment will support Canada’s efforts to achieve its commitment to protect at least 17% of our land and 10% of our ocean by 2020, delivering on the Prime Minister’s promise that Canada will achieve and substantially exceed this target in the coming years.
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic - Forestry in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with Advantage Personnel

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Mon, 2018-02-26 03:10
Job Type: Permanent Location: Various Locations 
Shift/Hours: Days/Eves
Career Level: intermediate 
Education: Experience as an operator or up to and including Red Seal Certified
Salary: $17-20 an hour based on experience 
  The Advantage Group is an independently Canadian-owned employment and staffing firm, consisting of three employment and staffing services: The Advantage Group, Advantage Personnel, and Alternative Human Resources.  Advantage has been successfully helping people find rewarding careers since 1986. Advantage understands that our employees have different needs, and we believe that our role is to match employees with careers where they will fit best. Our goal is to help employees find work that they are satisfied with, regardless of their career goals. Our commitment to creating a positive and enriching work environment is evident by the thousands of satisfied applicants we have placed.  Duties and Responsibilities  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Maintain and repair of forestry equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment and vehicles; including cleaning, inspecting, testing and operating. Performs servicing and changes tires as needed
  • Operate power tools, jacks, hoists, grinders, welder and cutting torch; may cut, braze, weld and fabricate
  • Work as an integral part of the Company shop team
  • Follow safe work practices at all times
  • Maintain written service and repair records
  • Position travels locally, usually by car, up to 25% of the time
Qualifications/Physical Requirements
  • 3-5 years of experience – must have own tools and experience repairing hydraulic and electrical systems
  • Must maintain and carry a valid driver license and remain eligible and capable of operating company vehicles, including automobiles and trucks, in accordance with company policy guidelines
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of software ( Microsoft Suites)
  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear and frequently is required to climb or balance
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds
  • Vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
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Practices Forester in Fort St James, British Columbia, Canada with BC Public Service Agency

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Thu, 2018-02-22 02:28

BC Public Service

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Fort St James

Practices Forester
 
An exciting multi-faceted opportunity in forest management planning

2 positions available in Fort St James

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) plans, develops, and sells through auction, a substantial and representative portion of the Province’s annual available timber volume. The bid prices received from auctioned timber support the Market Pricing System (MPS) in setting stumpage rates for coastal and interior operating areas of the province. To find out more about our program check out the BCTS website.

The Practices Forester is accountable for performing a wide variety of professional services including operational planning, cut block and forest road layout and development, planning and evaluating silviculture activities, and ensuring compliance with the Forest Stewardship Plan. The range of duties assigned to a particular Practices Forester will vary from Business Area to Business Area due to the geographic location, apportionment and management requirements.
 
Qualifications for this role include:

  • A Registered Professional Forester (RPF), or be eligible for registration as an RPF with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) AND two years (gained within the last five years) of experience in operational forestry such as forest tenures, cut-block and road development, engineering, silviculture, harvest operations or compliance and enforcement.

  • Must possess at minimum a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License that does not limit or restrict the ability to conduct the duties of the job.

  • Please include your registration number with Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) within your application, as you, must be registered or immediately eligible for registration as a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with ABCFP. If you are not yet registered with the ABCFP, please explain how you are immediately eligible (i.e. currently a registered RFP member in good standing in another Canadian jurisdiction and can immediately transfer to ABCFP) 

    For more information and to apply by March 4, 2018, please go to:

    https://search.employment.gov.bc.ca/cgi-bin/a/highlightjob.cgi?jobid=48240 

    Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.

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Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Forestry Sector) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada with Advantage Personnel

Canadian Forestry Jobs - Wed, 2018-02-14 23:06
Job Type: Permanent Location: Various Locations 
Shift/Hours: Days/Eves
Career Level: intermediate 
Education: Experience as an operator or up to and including Red Seal Certified
Salary: $17-20 an hour based on experience 
  The Advantage Group is an independently Canadian-owned employment and staffing firm, consisting of three employment and staffing services: The Advantage Group, Advantage Personnel, and Alternative Human Resources.   Advantage has been successfully helping people find rewarding careers since 1986. Advantage understands that our employees have different needs, and we believe that our role is to match employees with careers where they will fit best. Our goal is to help employees find work that they are satisfied with, regardless of their career goals. Our commitment to creating a positive and enriching work environment is evident by the thousands of satisfied applicants we have placed.   Duties and Responsibilities   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Maintain and repair of forestry equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance on equipment and vehicles; including cleaning, inspecting, testing and operating. Performs servicing and changes tires as needed
  • Operate power tools, jacks, hoists, grinders, welder and cutting torch; may cut, braze, weld and fabricate
  • Work as an integral part of the Company shop team
  • Follow safe work practices at all times
  • Maintain written service and repair records
  • Position travels locally, usually by car, up to 25% of the time
Qualifications/Physical Requirements
  • 3-5 years of experience – must have own tools and experience repairing hydraulic and electrical systems
  • Must maintain and carry a valid driver license and remain eligible and capable of operating company vehicles, including automobiles and trucks, in accordance with company policy guidelines
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of software ( Microsoft Suites)
  • Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear and frequently is required to climb or balance
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 80 pounds
  • Vision abilities required include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
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Canadian take on forestry safety

Canadian Forestry News - Wed, 2018-02-14 20:15
On 18 October, 2017, a logger was killed in a tragic incident near Mackenzie in northern British Columbia, Canada. The operator was using a feller buncher to cut timber on a slope when the machine tipped over backwards, cutting off his escape route when the machine caught fire. Source: OHS Canada The logger’s death was devastating for his family, his community and his co-workers. While the cause of the incident is still under investigation by WorkSafeBC, the question arises: What can we do now to try to prevent this from happening again? That was one of the key issues discussed when WorkSafeBC’s Forest Industry Advisory Group met in November 2017 to talk about concrete steps that employers can take to make remote mechanized logging safer. Here are some of the considerations discussed: First, it is critical that employers have an effective plan in place for those who work alone and designate a contact person to whom the lone worker can check in with on a regular, agreed-upon schedule. The worker must always carry a functioning communication device — a satellite phone, cell phone, two-way radio or satellite transceiver — as well as the check-in contact information. The designated contact must have a copy of the working alone procedure and any applicable emergency-response plan, contact information, locations and/or maps that may be necessary for a rescue. Every check-in call must be recorded, and if the worker fails to check in, the contact must initiate search procedures as outlined in the plan — be that rendering assistance personally or contacting someone close by who is trained, equipped and able to assist. Second, employers should consider situations in which their machines have the potential to roll over and particular hazards that may result. In recent years, the changing landscape of logging operations has meant an increase in the use of steep-slope harvesting equipment. Employers, suppliers and manufacturers must ensure that their mobile equipment meets the requirements outlined in the Workers Compensation Act and Parts 16 and 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. That includes ensuring that mobile equipment weighing 700 kg or more has a rollover protective structure, as well as structures that guard against falling, flying or intruding objects or materials. Similarly, any tools carried inside the cab need to be secured so as not to create additional hazards. Should a rollover happen, some of the questions that an employer needs to consider include whether they have the equipment necessary to respond in such an emergency and can they be easily accessed and transported to the work site, as minutes can make a difference between life and death in a rescue operation. Third, every piece of mobile equipment must have an alternate means of escape that is clearly marked both inside and outside the cab. Other requirements that an exit should meet include the following: exits must not be located on the same surface as the cab door; they must be usable at all times; they should not pose additional hazards; they can be opened from the inside or out without tools when the equipment is in use; and exits should provide a clear opening with dimensions that comply with the relevant ISO Standard. The employer should test the alternate exit regularly and provide training to familiarize workers with its location and operation, as well as ensure that they can fit comfortably through it in an emergency, as physical fitness or size may be obstacles to a quick escape. If the backup exit is blocked and/or the worker is unable to move, employers must consider what tools can be used to extricate a trapped worker. The fact that machines are designed to keep hazards out poses a particular challenge, as specialized cutters might be needed to pierce cab windows. A supplementary fire extinguisher for use by the rescue crew should always be within reach. Finally, consider where this rescue equipment might be stored; ideally, it will be attached to the machine itself for ease of access.
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4th Annual FLARE Network Meeting: Call for Abstracts

Canadian Forestry Events - Tue, 2018-02-13 14:53
Call for Abstracts: Fourth Annual FLARE Network Meeting October 17-20, 2018 University of Copenhagen, Denmark The FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) network, supported by DFID and coordinated from the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for our 4th annual meeting. This year?s meeting is being organized in partnership with the University of Copenhagen and the University of East Anglia, who will also host a special forum on Timber Legality on October 17, 2018 (http://symposium.prodjus.eu/) This year?s FLARE meeting will continue to elicit presentations around a variety of key topics in the field, but will also offer a pointed opportunity to share and discuss our successes and failures in research and in practice. Special Issue proposals from accepted papers are a possibility, and we welcome participant engagement in proposal development. The meeting will also feature workshops on ?Sharing research for impact? and on FLARE?s app-based tools (LivWell and CommFor), and we welcome abstracts for additional participant-facilitated workshops. Abstracts for oral presentations, lightning talks, panel sessions, posters, and workshops must address a meeting theme and follow the abstract guidelines. For theme descriptions, abstract guidelines, details about financial assistance for students and scholars from lower income countries, and to submit your abstract, please visit the meeting webpage: http://www.forestlivelihoods.org/annual-meeting-2018 Abstract submission deadline: April 1, 2018 Questions? Email flare.network@umich.edu
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