Ministry of Forests
August 15, 2023
Job Type
Application Deadline
British Columbia


Ministry of Forests

Fort St James, Vanderhoof (Hybrid)

Flexible work options are available; this position may be able to work up to 2 days at home per week subject to an approved telework agreement. Applicants who do not fully meet the required qualifications may be considered for this position, but at a lower classification.

Planning Forester

$67,931.58 - $ 86,624.56 annually
$43.17 bi-weekly isolation allowance for Fort St. James

BC Timber Sales (BCTS) works collaboratively with regional and district operations to plan, develop and auction a substantial portion of the province’s annual available timber volume. BCTS operates as a for-profit entity within a government organization. Its goal is to provide credible representative price and cost benchmark data for the Market Pricing System through auctions of timber harvested from British Columbia’s public land. Three overarching principles guide BCTS operations: forest sector safety, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and sustainable forest management.

The Planning Forester analyzes and produces a wide range of data to develop integrated resource and operational plans, primarily the Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) and operating plans. The position develops and implements results and strategies to meet the FSP and ensures planning components meet legislative, operating and certification requirements. This position provides functional direction to field team professionals and technicians in timber development, harvesting, engineering and silviculture. This position builds and maintains relationships with representatives from Indigenous Peoples, resource stakeholders and Ministry and industry contacts.

Qualifications for this role include:

  • A Registered Professional Forester (RPF) or be eligible for registration as an RPF with Forest Professionals British Columbia (FPBC) and two (2) years of experience in operational field forestry activities.
  • Operational field forestry activities include the following:

o Timber harvesting monitoring/conformance
o Cut-block development
o Forest road engineering
o Silviculture
o Timber tenure development and administration
o Planning integrated resource management


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