Planning Forester

Closing Date:

Jun 07, 2019

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West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest products company. Listed on the TSX and rated 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. The Woodland’s Team at our Pacific Inland Resources Division has an opportunity for a highly motivated, professional forester for the opportunity of:


Reporting to the Planning Superintendent, the Planning Forester will work with a team of professionals responsible for all timber development activities. Our Planning Foresters enjoy a balanced mix of field and office work, while living in the community of Smithers, BC.

Responsibilities include:

  • Timber reconnaissance and development
  • Cutting Permit acquisition and appraisals
  • Government and First Nations liaison
  • Layout and cruising contract administration and supervision
  • Site Plans   
  • Incorporating wildlife and other environmental values into harvest area designs
  • Consulting stakeholders

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.
  • 1-5 years of relevant field experience in planning (cruising, layout, site plans)
  • Above average interpersonal and computer skills.
  • Experience with Arc map.
  • 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.

At West Fraser, we believe in giving our employees a challenge they can rise to. We are looking for individuals who are interested in career advancement and progression through various aspects of our business. We offer an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, excellent benefits and an outstanding pension plan. 

Smithers is a welcoming, small Northern BC town with stunning vistas in all directions. An abundance of summer activities including fishing, boating, camping and hiking attracts both locals and visiting outdoor enthusiasts. The downtown has an alpine feel which adds to the town’s attraction and charm.

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