The Harrop Procter Community Cooperative is one of the leading community forest operations in BC, managing a small forest tenure on the shores of Kootenay Lake, a ½ hour drive from Nelson.  We manage the forest using sustainable forestry practices, aligned with the interests of the community for watershed protection, wildfire risk reduction and climate adaptation.   We also operate a small sawmill producing custom timbers and specialty wood products in a sustainable and creative way.  We are currently seeking a Mill Manager for the Harrop Procter Forest Products Sawmill.

If you are an experienced mill operator, disillusioned with BC’s industrial forest industry approach, but you love the idea of adding value to locally harvested wood in a sustainable way, considering applying your skills to working with Harrop Procter Forest Products.

We’re looking for someone with a strong milling background, great people skills and a good handle on sales and financial management.  You’d be working with a staff of 8 – 10, and be responsible to the Board of the Cooperative for the management of the mill, in alignment with our cooperative values.


The Mill Manager works as part of a team of staff and board members to facilitate the vision of the community forest in the Harrop Procter area.  It is a unique organization, committed to sustainable forestry and milling, with a positive bottom line, in the interests of the community as a whole.  The Manager will bring to the role their own unique combination of skills and experience, incorporating:

At least 5 years of management/supervisory experience in a milling or wood processing environment
Excellent working knowledge of wood milling process and equipment
Demonstrated skills in staff supervision, team building and human resource management.Direct sales and marketing experience, with proven customer relations skills
Skills and experience in developing and analyzing budgets and financial statements and preparing operational and financial reports.
Demonstrated understanding of sustainable forest and milling practices and the community forest model, including an understanding of opportunities to reduce waste and create value added opportunities from waste products.
Good written and verbal communications skills
An equivalent combination of skills and experience

Interested, and think you may be a fit for the role?? We’d love to hear from you.

For more information – contact coordinator@hpcommunityforest.org

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the position, background and availability,  to coordinator@hpcommunityforest.org

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About Harrop-Procter Community Co-Operative

The Harrop Procter Community Cooperative (HPCC) operates from a commitment to the belief that it is possible to operate with vision and accountability and be financially sustainable. In 1999, the BC Ministry of Forests granted the community a forest license, and HPCC was formed. After decades of blockades and protests that left those working in forestry feeling devalued and attacked, and those with environmental concerns feeling concerned and antagonized, members of the community saw the opportunity to take a different approach, together.

Since it began, HPCC’s Forest Manager has managed logging activity in alignment with community values and priorities, employing skilled community members in the enterprise. In 2009, the Harrop Procter Forest Products sawmill began operations – adding value to our local wood products and delivering on the commitment to provide local employment from our forests. Harrop Procter Forest Products is one of the few community forest-owned sawmills in the Province of BC. The mill is located on a small acreage in Harrop, with 8 – 10 employees operating a mix of main saw, scragg mill, resaw, moulder, and other mobile equipment. Over the last several years, the mill has generated just over $1M in sales annually, with a production of 400,000 bd ft. It is an important component of the unique and innovative approach to forestry taken by the Cooperative.