Planning Forester (Forester)

Full Time

  West Fraser Timber Co Ltd

  Fraser Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Listed on the TSX, West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest products company. Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for six years, we are a growing company looking for talented people to be part of our team. We are looking for an individual interested in a long-term career with us. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, excellent benefits, an outstanding pension plan and relocation package.

Are you interested in working for a company that offers both a challenging work environment and a rewarding career path. The Woodlands Team at our Fraser Lake division has an opportunity for a highly motivated professional in the role of:


 As a Planning Forester at Fraser Lake Sawmills you will be a key woodlands team member with responsibilities for many aspects of forest resource stewardship, timber development and operational planning. Reporting to the Planning Superintendent, the Planning Forester will work with a dynamic team of professionals and enjoy a balanced mix of field and office work.

Responsibilities include:

  • Timber reconnaissance and development
  • Cutting Permit acquisition and appraisals
  • Government, First Nations, and Stakeholder liaison
  • Layout, cruising and other contract administration and supervision
  • Planning staff supervision
  • Monitoring and incorporating biodiversity and other environmental values into harvest designs

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A Registered Professional Forester or Technologist Designation (RPF or RFT), with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) or the College of Alberta Professional Foresters
  • Two to four years of relevant field experience in planning (cruising, layout, site plans)
  • Knowledge of BC forest legislation
  • Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be safety oriented
  • Experience with Arc map and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of the appraisal system

Candidates with lesser experience or qualifications may be considered for this position or other positions within our Woodlands Team.

Fraser Lake Sawmills operates a recently completed bio-energy plant that utilizes wood waste to produce electricity for sale to BC Hydro. Our mill, energy plant and woodlands operations are an integral part of the community.

The community of Fraser Lake is scenically located on the shores of Fraser Lake in the central interior of BC and offers small town or rural living with excellent year-round recreational activities and medical facilities. For more information visit:

Woodlands staff are encouraged to reside in Fraser Lake or surrounding area, however we offer a commuting policy for employees who wish to call the town of Vanderhoof home. Vanderhoof is approximately a 30 minute drive to the east of Fraser Lake Sawmills.

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We thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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