Western Forest Products
August 31, 2023
800-1055 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Job Type
Application Deadline
British Columbia



Western Forest Products is recruiting for a Senior Silviculture Field Planner to be based out of our Stillwater Forest Operation in Powell River, BC. Relocation assistance may be available.

What You’ll Do: Under the supervision of the TFL Forester, the Senior Silviculture Field Forester plays a key role in forest management, primarily repsonsible for field activities realted to silviculture programs, both in their planning pre-harvest and their implementation post-harvest. The role may also include the support and/or coordination of certification programs and operations/engineering functions as needed within the designated TFL or Forest Operation.

Who You Are: You have 2-3 years’ experience in silviculture related activities with strong knowledge in silviculture and forest harvesting practices, with a focus on improving safety, quality and efficiency. You are a self-motivated individual with a strong sense of initiative and proven ability to work in a team environment with superior communication skills. This is a great opportunity for an experience forest professional searching for a rewarding career where you can have a significant impact. An RPF designation is preferred, but we are open to someone with their RFT designation as well.

About WFP's Forestry Team: WFP demonstrates an industry leading forest management strategy with a focus on silviculture, climate change, carbon management, biodiversity, public engagement, water and much more. Our Timberlands Operations are located on the Sunshine Coast in Powell River as well as throughout the north and west portions of beautiful Vancouver Island. We have more than 100 Forest Professionals sustainably delivering timber from our 6 area based Tree Farm Licenses and 10 volume based tenures to the 8 manufacturing facilities WFP owns and operates on Vancouver Island.


  • Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring the adherence of company safety and sustainability processes and procedures. This includes support of the EMS, CSA and/or SFI certification systems.
  • Support the delivery of the annual silviculture programs on budget for the designated TFL or Forest Operation;
  • Recommend effective and innovative strategies to deliver programs cost effectively.
  • Provide leadership and direction to improve contractor and staff safety, sustainably reduce treatment unit costs, and maximize future stand value and margins;
  • Responsible for layout, field supervision and quality control of silvicultural activities including but not limited to site preparation/fire hazard abatement, planting, fertilization, seedling protection, vegetation management, survey and rehabilitation projects and ensure compliance with various Operational Plans and Company Policies;
  • Completion of record keeping that documents field surveys and forward planning activities;
  • Prepare prescriptions for planned silviculture treatments;
  • Support Silviculture Forester in scheduling and managing short term tactical plans for silviculture projects and to ensure delivery of projects within budgets;
  • Assist Silviculture Forester in development of innovative silviculture strategies to improve stand resilience and reduce costs associated with meeting reforestation obligations;
  • Prepare various plans and assessments associated with cutblock development including: Site Plans, Harvest, Road, Silviculture and Deactivation Instructions, Cutting Permit Submissions, Road Permit Submissions and related engineering projects, and preparation of other applications as necessary.


Education and Experience

  • 2-3 years of experience in silviculture related activities with increasingly responsible roles;
  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in Forestry or related degree in Natural Resource Management;
  • Current registration with Forest Professionals British Columbia; RPF is preferred but we are open to RFT as well.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Good understanding and comprehension of Forest Management;
  • Good understanding and comprehension of statistics and principles of data analysis;
  • Good understanding of BC Government RESULTS database and basic understanding of preparing RESULTS submissions;
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and possess good communication skills;
  • Good working knowledge of legal regulations and requirements related to BC crown and private land forest operations;
  • Experience with forestry software (CENFOR (GENUS), Survey Wizard, Plant Wizard) as well as technology (i.e. LiDAR) would be considered an asset.


At Western Forest Products, 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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