BC Coast >
The coast is typically suited for planters who have previous planting experience. The terrain tends to be demanding and the quality requirements can be very specific, with higher prices accordingly. For the north and central coast much of the access is barge or helicopter only with crews staying in logging camps, resorts/ fish camps, or mobile marine camps. The south coast is generally drive access and is more often based out of motels or tent camps. Crew sizes are typically smaller, where 30 persons is a large crew and the average has 12-20.
Coastal Seasons – early Spring and Fall work
The coastal spring plant typically starts mid February to early March and can last into June, but the bulk of the work is done by late April/ early May, when our crews move to the interior following the snow melt.
The fall plant usually starts mid August and can continue well into October.
For more information on Coastal work contact:
Attn: John Beaton
BC Coastal Coordinator
Barry Needham – Barry’s crew is very consistent from year to year but a few spots occasionally open up. As he did last year, he will be only doing spring and fall work on the north island. Martin will continue running the interior portion. Overall the flow of work will be as in past years with a month each of work in the spring and fall, with 2 months in the interior in the middle. Barry will only be taking on experienced coastal planters that are committed to doing the interior with Martin, Rainer, or Jonas.
Brian Bullock – Mr. Bullock is once again going remote, with his coastal projects this spring starting the last week of February and running until late April. This work is high priced, but highly technical – the usual boats, barges, and helicopters. As such, only planters with a background in tough, coastal planting will be considered. His crew then moves to the BC Interior for 2.5 months to work on a large direct award project formerly run by Jeremy Weddell. Brian is an excellent manager of marine logistics and runs a fast loyal crew.
Brian Beaudry – Mr. Beaudry's coastal season will begin in early March running until late April. Planters with a background in tough, coastal planting will be considered. He then moves to Direct Award projects in the Cariboo for the interior season from the first week of May until early July. His coast will be spent in remote marine accommodations and the interior is all tent camping on a piece of land we have been for the last 7 years.
Jeremy Cameron – Mr. Cameron will be starting his early March coastal season on the North Island working with a 2 truck motel based crew and will then flow into remote coastal work. Jeremy will have a high return rate to the coast so any remaining spots will go to planters with a background in tough, coastal planting. Jeremy will then move into the Interior with an anticipated start date of early May. A high percent of the staff are returning, the crew has a high component of coastal planters and the earnings are solid.
BC Interior >
Our BC interior work is composed of mostly direct award projects we have been planting in previous years.
While the bulk of our BC Interior work occurs between April 20th and June 25th, we do have a number of summer plants running until mid or late July, as well as lots of summer work in Alberta.
For more information about working in the BC interior contact:
Attn: Matt Robertson
BC Interior Regional Manager
Brian Beaudry – After Brian's crew is finished their BC coastal work they move to the Southern Cariboo for the interior season from the first week of May until early July. His interior is all tent camping on long held direct award contracts in the Kamloops Barrier area. Brian and his staff have an excellent contract with high planter return rates, great camp life and solid earnings.
Brian Bullock – Brian starts on the coast with a small crew before moving to Clearwater for May, June, and July. The work is direct award, tent camp and well paid. Brian’s interior camp consists of about 50 planters with a high percentage of coastal/ technical experience. With Brian’s excellent organizational skills, no camp moves and good earnings, it is a great choice for the planter who also likes to plant more technical ground in an area with few bugs and beautiful scenery. Great earnings, minimal down time, and a long season in a fun camp 5 minutes out of town.
Erik Brinkman – Erik’s camp will be based out of PG on our long held contracts. His season starts May 7th and will run until July 25th. The crew is tight knit, fast, fun and well organized to maximize you earning potential and experience. All of the work is direct award with historically solid earnings. The July plant campsite is on a lake (private land) 45 minutes from PG and we have the area to ourselves.
Jeremy Cameron – After Jeremy's crew is finished the BC coastal work his interior will run from May 7th to July 20th in PG with our long held direct award client. A high percent of the staff are returning, the crew has a high component of coastal planters and the earnings are solid. It will be tent camp based with approximately 42 planters for the three months of interior work.
Jonas Plaumann – Jonas’s crew will be working out of the Kootenays on Direct Award contracts. He will be based in Creston, Crawford Bay and Fernie with predominantly local, home based planters. His season starts late April and runs into early / mid-July. Jonas will be ramping his crew size up this year to take on some of our East Kootenay work.
Justin Chingee (Brushing) – Justin works with Brinkman as a part of a strategic partnership on brushing projects that he and his family are part of. His work is mostly direct award in the PG and Mackenzie areas catering to a smaller home based crew.
Liz Rhodes – Liz will be taking a crew of 3-4 trucks in the Southern Cariboo for the months of May and June. Liz’s crew will be based out of motel for May and June. Her crew is fun, professional and positions are sought after so if you are interested then let us know soon.
Lumi Faucher – Lumi has a fun, very well run camp in Fort St. James on a large, consolidated project for May & June with BC July work to follow. The work is 70% Direct Award in fast F layer ground. The crew will be in one camp site from May 5th to June 20th and then they move to the summer camp location in BC. It’s a great season for people who are looking for a big spring/summer season with loads of day’s, solid earnings and reduced downtimes. Positions in that camp get snapped up fast!
Marc Robillard (Brushing) – Marc manages our brushing program in the SE Kootenays for our long held client in the region. Marc has been running brushing contracts for 20+ years and his crews are usually 1-2 trucks in size. If you are a brusher looking for a long season, he is great option! Projects run from mid-May until early August (fire shutdown) with some options to pick up coastal fall work as part of a small crew.
Martin Schutter – Martin will be managing a segment of our east Kootenay work. This project is a combination of long held direct award contracts in the area, starting in late April, and running through to the end of June. Martin works out of a comfortable camp typically located near the town of Cranbrook. His project features excellent payouts and a high percentage of returning planters & staff working together in a fun, professional environment.
Rainer Korn – Rainer’s crew will be returning to his long held Direct Award work in Fernie/ Sparwood area from mid-April to late June. Work will be based out of a tent camp, with some locals staying at home in Fernie. His crew features a high return rate of both planters and staff, minimal down time due to efficient organization, and a relaxed, professional, family environment.
Brinkman has been successfully operating in Alberta for years in a variety of silviculture activities. This extensive experience helps us efficiently tackle the varied conditions of the Alberta landscape. From flat ground and trenches to high-lead slopes; from gumbo to heli access, we have seen it all. Our supervisors and staff are always able to mitigate the project’s complexities for their planters – which keeps productivity and earnings high.
Most of the work we complete in Alberta is direct award – and in these trying times has not been subject to competitive bidding (and therefore the necessary lowering of payouts to our planters). Our industry-leading reputation and wide access to the market provide premium prices and a long steady season to our employees. In most cases, our payouts have increased over last years. Planter earnings remain a top priority (along with safety) for Brinkman, and we are proud of our high payouts and high earnings.
The main planting season runs from May until the end of July in Alberta. You must be available to work the entire season – particularly if you are inexperienced. Our crews are typically comprised of 80-90% experienced planters – and highly experienced staff.
All our Alberta projects are within three hours of Edmonton. Whether in the foothills or on flat ground – the Miette Hot Springs and Jasper are just a short drive away from all. We have lots of trees, great clients, experienced planters, and amazing staff to make your Alberta experience a very lucrative, safe, and fun time. If you are ready for a really long season (it always seems to be a few days longer than people can handle), in great camps, apply now!
For more information about working in Alberta please contact:
Attn: Judi Tetro
Eastern Operations Manager
Brian Bullock – has been in the tree planting industry for over 25 years – and with Brinkman for most of those years. While Brian works for 3 months every year in our Alberta operations (May, June and July), he also rounds out the shoulder seasons working on the coast of British Columbia. This wide range of experience (and 6 month season in the bush every year) has made Brian an expert on difficult access, challenging terrain, and maintaining his planter’s high production and earnings when things become interesting. Many people on Brian’s crew are lucky enough to be with him all season, and work for about 6 months of the year; but many others join him only for the Alberta season. In Alberta, Brian typically works for at least 55 planting days, and his planters make excellent earnings. Brian works with a calm professionalism, and it’s hard to throw him off his game. His projects are smooth and safe, and he keeps the camp running in top shape.
Mike Priestap – has worked on many licenses across Alberta and British Columbia. He had his start as a tree planter and tree runner – which gave him a good foundation for efficient logistics. As a project manager, Mike runs an excellent show – and is a big personality in camp to keep up with. Mike still works on the BC coast when he is not a project manager in Alberta, and continues to hone his skills of dealing with intense logistics and changing situations. People love working with Mike, and he has an awesome and highly experienced staff that accentuate his gift at the helm.
Lumi Faucher – will be running a camp in Alberta this year. Lumi is a friend to all and runs an incredible show. He always has a tight grip on the numbers and the details – and everyone seems to want to be in his camp. He has over ten years as a logistics master and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He will be working in the interior of BC from the start of May until ~June 20th, when his stellar crew then heads to Alberta to work the remainder of June and July. Get ready to pound!
Providing a safe, professional, rewarding workplace since 1982.
Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. began working in Ontario in 1982 and has spearheaded the growth and the diversification of the Ontario silviculture industry. Today, Brinkman operates offices out of Ottawa, Thunder Bay and the GTA. We also maintain equipment warehouses in both Thunder Bay and Dryden. We plant between 15 and 20 million trees in Ontario every year.
The Ontario division is a well-established and diversified silviculture service provider. Our client base extends throughout the province – both in Northern and Southern Ontario. Although planting remains our core activity, we also carry out a variety of brushing, thinning, surveying, slash pile burning, herbicide application, fire camp and restoration projects that continue into late November.
Easier Faster Planting
Traditionally, Ontario has hired more inexperienced planters than Alberta and BC. Although tree prices in Ontario are sometimes marginally lower than Alberta and BC, the quality specifications and the terrain are often more manageable in Ontario – especially for the first year planter. Basically, it is easier to plant a tree so you can get up to speed faster and make every day count – which is important in seasonal work. We have also created a program which efficiently and effectively trains our first year planters and gets them up to speed within 10 days.
Lots of Work
It is important to remember that because Brinkman works across Canada and not just in Ontario, we are able to provide work mobility for our experienced planters. The vast majority of planters who start in Ontario, stay in Ontario to plant year after year and make great money and have a great time doing it. We think you will too!
The main planting season in northern Ontario runs from May 1st until July 1st. If you are only available to work for these two months because of a summer commitment, northern Ontario is probably the best place for you to work. For those of you who prefer to plant in Ontario but want to work beyond May and June, we offer work in Southern Ontario in mid-April before the season starts for our experienced planters, and we offer some work in Alberta for July, and work in August in Ontario.
Brinkman also works in Southern Ontario in our Restoration division. We work with long term clients on both public and private land. The positions in Southern Ontario involve a mix of treeplanting and herbicide application. The length of season is similar to that in Northern Ontario (May and June) but some positions are also available in April. This work allows workers to stay closer to home but is not a typical tree planting experience. You are generally working out of motels not bush camps. If working in Southern Ontario appeals to you, please make note of this on your application.
Quick Ontario Stats
• We hire or rehire 350+ planters each year
• Of those the majority are experienced
• Over 40% of our workforce and almost 40% of our management is female
• Our spring planting season is about 40 work days ( ~8 weeks including days off) and up to 50 days on some contracts
• More work: Experienced planters can work on our Southern Ontario early work in April, and all planters that worked during the Spring Season can apply to work on our August plant. This is another 10-15 work days
• ~20 days of extra silviculture work: surveying, burning, cone picking, thinning
• Average tree price is 9.6 cents this year
• We work 3 or 4 days on and 1 day off
• DPA is $25
Finally, we take your safety seriously: our staff are required to have a Standard First Aid Certificate; our camps have a First Aid Representative and a Safety Representative; our emergency response program is updated regularly; our drivers are required to complete our Designated Driver Program. Brinkman’s OH&S program has been recognized by the WSIB.
If all this appeals, apply on our online application and choose Ontario!
For more information on working in Ontario contact:
Attn: Neil Whan
Ontario Project Coordinator