Here’s an outline of the positions we hire for regularly. All of these positions involve temporary relocation, typically living in bush camps in remote areas or hotels. Locations may vary – check the regional sections for ongoing updates. All positions are available to workers who are capable of enduring long days of difficult physical labour. For all positions, except cooking, workers are outside all day regardless of the weather.
This is a piece-work job that involves carrying trees on your hips and planting anywhere from 500 (steep, BC coastal ground) to 3500 (easy, flat Alberta, Ontario ground) tree seedlings, everyday. Workers are set-up with area and given ongoing guidance from their crewboss (foreperson) as to where to work, what species to plant and to what quality specs.
Due to season length and difficulty of planting, our western crews are primarily made up of veteran planters, while our eastern crews tend to have more openings for rookies. On some projects, fertilizer and/or tree protectors may need to be applied at the time of planting.
Requirements: valid Canadian SIN, good physical health
Everyone one of our temporary camps (bush, boat or other) supplies meals to the workers. Crew sizes vary from 15-100, but what doesn’t change is the high quality, exceptional food we provide – and lots of it. Cooking in a Silviculture camp is not easy – the days are long and conditions can be challenging. This is a very rewarding job though and is critical to a camp’s success.
Requirements: FoodSafe certification required. Professional cooking experience is essential. Previous experience planting, or cooking in bush camp, is an asset.
Most planting crews have at least one person on staff that is dedicated to setting up and recording plots of the work as it is completed. Feedback is given to the crew for any adjustments required, and information is submitted to the client.
Requirements: good computer skills, silviculture experience, survey certification is required in some regions.
Many opportunities exist for seasoned tree planters who wish to move into a different role. Every year we hire crewbosses (forepersons), tree delivery staff and supervisors to run crews. Contact one of our Regional Managers for more information.
Requirements: usually a minimum of 4 years tree planting experience.
Years after trees have been planted the plantation requires maintenance to ensure optimal growth. This term encompasses a few different jobs, namely:
Brushing – involves using either manual or power saws to cut back competing vegetation around the planted trees.
Spacing – involves removing selected trees so that there is more room and less competition for the remaining ones.
Pruning – involves cutting select branches off trees to encourage height growth and minimize disease.
Herbicide Application – involves spraying or using another type of application of products designed to kill off competing species. Certification required.
Tree Protector Maintenance/Removal – At the time of planting, various methods of protection might be applied to the tree to keep the deer and other rodents from eating the trees. Years later, these supplies need to be repaired or removed. This job involves snipping and removing the protectors and carrying them to the roadside for further collection.
Requirements: experience in stand tending and/or silviculture.
This type of work performs various types of plots, primarily on existing plantations and provides information accordingly. Typically, there are small crews of 2-8 people.
Requirements: survey certification is required in some locations.
First Aid & Safety
Every crew requires designated first aid staff and at least one person to complete the administration of the Safety Program. This is typically done in addition to regular field work, planting or otherwise.
Requirements: first aid certification is required, but varies depending on the jurisdiction.