Western Forest Products
February 2, 2024
800 – 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
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British Columbia
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Tsawak-qin Forestry, a partnership between Western Forest Products and the Huu-ay-at First Nation, is looking to hire an Operations Field Planner to join our Port Alberni Forest Operation.

What You’ll Do: Under the supervision of the TFL Forester, the Operations Field Planner plays a supportive role in forest management, field layout and sustainability programs. The incumbent is primarily responsible for field activities related to engineering.

Who You Are: This is a great opportunity for someone newer to their forestry career, who has a degree or diploma in Forestry or Natural Resource Management and aspirations to obtain their RPF or RFT designation. We have a clearly defined career path within our forestry team and are always looking to develop our people and promote from within. This role would progress through to a Senior Field Planner or Forester once designation is achieved.

What We Offer:

  • Salary range of $55,000 - $70,000 based on skill level, qualifications, and experience
  • Annual performance bonus
  • Pension plan contributions - WFP contributes 7% towards a pension plan, no matching required
  • Extended health and dental benefits – WFP pays for 100% of the employee monthly premiums
  • 3 weeks’ vacation to start
  • Employee family assistance program
  • Financial support for learning and development opportunities

Work Environment: This role is to be performed in person at our Port Alberni Forest Operation.


  • Demonstrate adherence to company safety and environmental processes and procedures;
  • Actively participate as part of the Planning team in field activities related to engineering layout;
    • Assist in the preparation of the various plans and assessments associated with cutblock development including Operational  Plans, resource assessments, Cutting Permit and Road Permit submission preparation and other related Planning projects;
  • Follow and implement principles in support of sustainable, integrated resource management;
  • Participate effectively in programs designed to improve safety, reduce operational costs, and maximize value and margins while meeting customer requirements;
  • Participate in a culture of accountability and continuous improvement.


Education and Experience

  • 1-2 years of experience in a Forestry Co-op or Field planner position;
  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in Forestry or related degree in Natural Resource Management;
  • Eligible for accreditation with the Forest Professionals of BC (RPF or RFT).

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Basic understanding and comprehension of Forest Management and Land Use Planning;
  • Ability to work in a team environment and possess good communication skills;
  • Basic working knowledge of legal regulations and requirements related to BC crown and private land forest operations;
  • Experience with forestry software LRM, ArcMap, RoadEng) as well as technology (i.e. LiDAR) would be considered an asset.


Employment will be with Tsawak-qin Forestry Limited Partnership within Tree Farm Licence 44. Tsawak-qin Forestry is jointly owned and managed by Western Forest Products and the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. At Western Forest Products and Tsawak-qin Forestry, we believe our most significant asset is our people. Investing in our people brings value and success to our business, ensuring a safe, engaged, productive and continuously improving workplace. We offer challenging opportunities working alongside the best in the industry to meet your career and professional development goals while providing competitive total rewards and recognition.

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.

Our total rewards offering including competitive pay, performance bonus, pension plan, benefits and other programs designed to support our employees.


Western Forest Products is a leading forest products company that sustainably manages forests and manufactures high-quality wood products. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia with operations in the coastal region of BC and Washington State, Western meets the needs of customers worldwide with a specialty wood products focus and diverse product offering.

Our commitment to health and safety, environmental stewardship and community engagement is core to how we do business at Western Forest Products.

Our approach to responsible business practices in all aspects of our business is multi-faceted. We adhere to and employ the most stringent environmental practices in the world. The steps we take to ensure the forests in which we operate are renewed and remain healthy and viable for future generations are mirrored in the care we take to make certain our communities continue to grow and prosper. This includes investing in communities where we operate and continuing to forge mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations in respect of their local and cultural interests.


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