Forester (Forester)

Full Time

  Hancock Forest Management, Inc.

  Cathlamet, Washington, United States

Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed?  With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Job Description

Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) and Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (“HFS”) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”)HFM and HFS are property management companies that serve global institutional investors through related-party investment management groups (Hancock Timber Resource Group and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group) and third-party private investors. HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.8million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada. HFS oversees the agricultural assets and operations for approximately 0.3 million acres of farmland throughout the USA. Collectively, HFM and HFS represent the North American property management platform of HNRG.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments.  As of December 31, 2018, HNRG managed $13.3 billion of timberland and farmland, compromising over 6.0 million acres located in the United States, Canada, and Australia.   HNRG is committed to socially responsible investing and sustainable management of its client’s assets, including the ongoing reduction of environmental impact, and improvement of sustainability and stewardship performance.

General Directive:  Planning, coordinating, supervising, and implementing forest management projects and programs in a team environment.   

Scope & Job Dimensions

  • The region encompasses 162,000 acres.
  • Silviculture, harvest, transportation, and land management operations.
  • Stewardship of people and the environment.
  • Stakeholder relations.
  • Silviculture, harvest, transportation system, and land management planning, layout, permitting, and contract supervision.
  • Development of property management plans, property budgets, and budget forecasts.
  • Environmental stewardship program implementation and compliance.
  • Safety culture development, program implementation, and compliance.

Specific Duties

  • Harvest unit design, boundary delineation, environmental compliance, harvest system selection, bidding/negotiating price, contracting, contract administration, etc.
  • Reforestation, precommercial thinning, competing vegetation control, fertilization, insect, animal and disease damage control, etc.
  • Road layout, road maintenance, planning, budgeting, permitting, and contract supervision
  • Land management activities development and implementation.
  • Active and involved participant in the NW safety program.
  • Assist with the development of budgets and forecasts.
  • Implement stewardship program, including SFI.
  • Support HNRG groups such as Acquisitions, Client Account Group, etc. as needed.
  • Special projects as requested or needed.


  • BS in Forest Management or related field such as Forest Engineering/Forest Science.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft software.
  • Knowledge of using Outlook or similar e-mail program.
  • Knowledgeable in GIS, ArcMap.
  • Team player, be able to understand and work with other’s needs and with different personalities.
  • Highly motivated and entrepreneurial.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. As a result, all current and perspective Hancock employees are subject to be drug and alcohol tested in accordance with the Policy and applicable law.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.

If you are ready to unleash your potential it’s time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers. As of March 31, 2019, we had over $1.1 trillion (US$849 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.4 billion in payments to our customers.

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