Testing Supervisor, STO R18, Full-time, $44,985.78 – $51,162.94

Sent in by Kim Mann from British Columbia:

Ministry of Forests and Range, The Tree Seed Centre (TSC), Surrey is responsible for registering, processing, testing, storing and distributing all forest tree seed to meet an annual 270 million plus Crown land seedling production program. This unique provincial centre is owned and operated by the Ministry of Forests and Range.

As the Testing Supervisor, you’ll be responsible for the very dynamic and fast-paced TSC testing business area. In this role, you’ll organize, supervise and conduct seed, cone, seedlot and request assessments and testing throughout the centre’s business steps, activities and decision points including seed/cone processing, registration, interim and long-term storage, production and distribution. Key responsibilities include ensuring that multiple and concurrent sampling, testing, inspection, analyses and reporting activities are completed in accordance with International rules, ministry policy and TSC standards. You’ll also ensure effective data and information management, resolve unusual or complex problems and provide technical expertise to centre staff, clients, contractors and students.

Additionally, you will supervise a team of regular staff, and prioritize daily, weekly and longer-term work assignments, set standards, assign resources, resolve problems and recommend improvements and be responsible for the laboratory infrastructure including supplies and equipment monitoring and safety.

To qualify for this important role, you bring a technical diploma or have graduated university in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or other related field, and you have 4+ years experience in a resource-related (i.e. forestry, water or agriculture) quality control, testing, processing and/or research environment. Alternatively, you have the equivalent combination of education and experience, such as 6 years related testing, processing or research environment experience and relevant on-the-job training courses. You also bring demonstrated experience working in a production environment with simultaneous work activities and quality control responsibilities and a minimum of 2 years experience supervising technical staff in a unionized environment.

For more information about the position’s responsibilities, qualifications/experience required, and how to apply, please go to http://employment.gov.bc.ca/index.php?view_posting=039729


The Annual General Meeting 2008 will be held concurrently with the Canadian Woodlands Forum Spring Meetings being held in Moncton on April 2-3, 2008. The exact day and time are still being worked out.

Please see the CWF Preliminary Announcement for details about accomodations.


The following Executive postions will need to be filled:

2nd Vice President, Secratary, Treasurer, Region Representatives for Regions 1, 2 & 3.

Chris Finnamore, CFT#109, President

Forestry In The News

I spend quite a bit of time reading about local forestry issues, so thought it would be a good idea to create a new feature on the site called ‘Forestry In The News’.

The way it works is random local news links appear at the top of the page each time it is loaded. You will have the choice of whether to click the link. Further, if you do not want the newswire to appear at the top, click the close located in the upper-right corner of the page. This will close the feed down.

I have purposely set this feature up in such a way so that there will be no commentary allowed on the articles. If you want to comment then follow the link to the source of the article and comment there.

Forest GIS Analyst Wanted

The Government of Canada is looking for a Forest GIS Analyst for the Fredericton Area:

Forest GIS Analyst

Department Name: Department of Natural Resources
Location: Fredericton, NB
Classification: PC – 01
Salary: $29,780 to $59,369
Closing Date: December 10, 2007 – 23:59, Pacific Time
Reference Number: RSN07J-008815-000175
Selection Process Number: 07-RSN-EA-099-122860-070
Employment Tenure: Sunset Term* – Full Time until March 31, 2010.
A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar term and/or permanent positions.
Vacancies: 1

If you are interested you must apply online. Pass it on. Closing date is December 10, 2007.

Click here to apply

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New Azimuth Available for download

azfall2007large.gifThe fall 2007 edition of The Azimuth is now available. Please download it and review it as there are a lot deadlines fast approaching.

From Allie DeGrace:

S.V.P. trouver attacher notre dernière édition de notre journal l’ Azimuth. Regarder la section “Dates importantes a retenir” pour les dates limites des prochaines semaines.

Hello all,
Please find attached our last edition of the Azimuth newsletter and pay close attention to the “Important Dates to Remember” Section as there are many dates coming due in the next few weeks.

Important Dates to be aware of:
– Deadline for Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. – January 14th, 2008
– Deadline for NB Forestry Hall Of Fame Technician Nominations – November 30th 2007
– Deadline for nominations for Executive positions for the NBFTA. – February 14th, 2008
– Deadline for NBFTA Technician of the Year Award – December 30th, 2007
– NBFTA AGM / SYLVICON 2008 – To be announced (March 08)
– NBFTA Big Tree Contest Submissions – January 1st, 2008

Dates importantes à retenir :
– Date limite pour les amendements à la Constitution ou les arrêtés – 14 Janvier, 2008
– Date limite pour la nomination de techniciens au Temple de la renommée – 30 novembre 2007
– Date limite pour la nomination pour le conseil de direction de ATFNB – 14 fevrier, 2008
– Date limite pour le prix du technicien de l’année de l’ATFNB – 30 décembre 2007
– AGA ATFNB/ SYLVICON 2008 – Etre annonce (Mars 2008)
– Soumissions pour le concours “gros – arbre ” de l’ATFNB – 1er janvier 2008

Allie DeGrace, CFT

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What is a Forest Technician?

What is a forest technician/technologist?

A Forest Technician/Technologist is an academic designation indicating successful completion of at least two years or equivalent of study at a forest technical institute. Comprehensive summaries of required courses are available on the web sites of most institutions. The explanation of what is a forest technician/technologist is best achieved by answering the following questions.

What might a forest technician/technologist do?

A forest technician/technologist may be involved in many forest management activities including stand establishment, silviculture and stand tending, cruising, scaling, assessing, surveying and environmental monitoring, forest protection, harvesting operations and supervision, fish and wildlife management, parks management, teaching, training or forest research. Some entrepreneurs even manage their own businesses.

Who might a forest technician/technologist work for?

Opportunities for employment in forestry can include a variety of forest industries, pulp and paper and sawmilling companies, forestry consultants and contractors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, forestry educational institutions, colleges and universities, government departments or agencies, federal provincial and municipal, private woodlot marketing boards and wood producer associations.

Most forest technicians enjoy rewarding and meaningful careers where they interact with university graduate foresters, professional forest workers, other allied professionals as well as the public. They share in the responsibility for the care of our environment, and most importantly, forest technicians/technologists make a difference.

author: A.G.(Kim) Mann, CFT, RPF ©1999

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