We, the We Wai Kai, embrace our language and culture to build a proud, healthy, safe, and self-sufficient community. We support and encourage each other to thrive through following the footsteps of our ancestral history, as stewards of our lands and waters, while balancing our role in modern day society.

Today, we are proud of our efficient government operations, ensuring a high quality of life for our members. To enhance this, we are also focused on existing and emerging economic development opportunities that will position us for continued growth and re-investment in our community. We pride ourselves on being a strong, self-sufficient Nation and look forward to what the future holds.

We Wai Kai Nation is seeking a highly qualified and experienced Operations Manager to join our team in Campbell River, BC.

The Operations Manager will be responsible for overseeing various aspects of our forestry operations, including managing the log brokering contractor, the engineering and tenure consulting contractor, and the logging and construction contractors. This position requires a hands-on individual with strong leadership skills, a deep understanding of forestry operations, and the ability to effectively manage multiple contractors and projects.

Key Responsibilities and duties

  • Oversee and coordinate the activities of the log brokering contractor, engineering and tenure consulting contractor, and logging contractors to ensure compliance with company policies and industry regulations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with contractors, stakeholders, and regulatory agencies to support the successful execution of forestry operations.
  • Monitor and analyze forestry operations to identify areas for improvement and implement strategies to enhance efficiency and productivity.
  • Manage budgets, timelines, and resources effectively to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Work with operations accountants on contracts and rate negotiations, and review invoicing to ensure it meets the terms as such.
  • Conduct regular site visits and inspections to assess contractor performance, safety practices, and environmental compliance.
  • Collaborate with internal teams, including environmental specialists, procurement, and finance, to support overall company objectives.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends, regulations, and best practices to drive innovation and continuous improvement in forestry operations.

Qualifications and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, Natural Resources Management, or related field (advanced degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in forestry operations, including experience in managing contractors and projects.
  • Strong knowledge of forestry practices, regulations, and environmental stewardship.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions in a fast-paced environment, and prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and forestry management software.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel to project sites as needed.

Please note that this position is not a remote work opportunity and requires the Operations Manager to be based in Campbell River, BC, to effectively oversee on-site operations and contractors. This role demands a dedicated and focused individual who can successfully manage multiple responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.

What We Wai Kai offers:


  • A healthy extended benefit package
  • A matched pension plan
  • A variety of leaves
  • Learning and Development Opportunities

Salary: $130,000 – $155,000 per year based on education and experience

Hours: Monday to Friday

Email resume to: careers@wewaikai.com

Attention: Ronnice Krug, Chief Financial Officer

Closing date: August 2, 2024

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $130,000.00-$155,000.00 per year


  • Extended health care

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Campbell River, BC: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: In person

Application deadline: 2024-08-02