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Job Category

Job Profile
AAPS Salaried – Business Operations, Level C

Job Title
Resident Forester

Malcolm Knapp Research Forests

Compensation Range
$5,906.25 – $8,508.42 CAD Monthly



UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF) is part of the Faculty of Forestry, and is responsible for managing the University’s obligations and opportunities on a 5,157 ha private forest as well as a 220 ha Woodlot License, generating an annual gross revenue of up to $5 million.  Because of the size of operations, the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is managed with a close-knit team of individuals who are responsible for a large diversity of tasks.

The Resident Forester develops and manages the silviculture, forest health, planning and timber harvesting business activities as required by contracts, legislation and tenure arrangements at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.

This is a professional position and the successful candidate will be self-motivated, and capable of taking on professional duties immediately and managing a budget.  The MKRF is seeking an individual who is creative, adaptable and interested in shaping the future of our organization.



Reports to the Manager – UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.  Selects, negotiates terms and reviews work of external service providers, contractors and vendors.  Supervises technical staff in the unit involved in the formulation of effective plans for forest development and silviculture.  Supervises permanent staff, contractors and temporary employees in development and implementation of plans.  Represents the interests of the MKRF to appropriate government agencies, community groups, and interested users.



Responsible for the planning and development of silviculture prescriptions and operations by making complex social, economic and environmental decisions and trade-offs. Selects and supervises harvesting systems, contractors and equipment in order to achieve objectives for each site. Ensures that plans and prescriptions for silviculture activities comply with legal requirements and guidelines, UBC policy and best-practice guidance.  Develops strategic forest development plans to determine what amount to harvest and when. Coordinates and supervises log quality control and log marketing. Reviews and supervises the log inventories and quality control both on and off the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Assists the Manager in preparing annual budgets in excess of $5.0 million and cost information for all operational activities of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Develops budgets and is responsible for cost control of all projects under direction of the position. Supports the Assistant Operations Manager in implementing maintenance and construction programs for all roads on the MKRF. Reviews work performed and determines when contract requirements have been met. Leads the ongoing improvement of silviculture prescriptions and metrics. Maintains forest history records and other management documents both for internal use and as required by government agencies. Prepares funding proposals, and follows such proposals through as required. Responds to call outs in the event of emergencies at MKRF on a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week basis. Replaces the Manager and Assistant Operations Manager during scheduled and unscheduled absences from the Forest – on average 40-50 days per year. Recruits, selects, evaluates, supervises, manages performance and terminates service providers, vendors and contractors and ensures that site-level, operational, safety and legislation requirements and standards are met. Manages the MKRF safety program for employees, contractors, students and general public including compliance, reporting and continual improvement. Coordinates and supervises emergency preparedness, planning and response according to provincial and municipal legislation and operational requirements including:

  • first aid and response to injury – both worker and public
  • fire, both structural and wild land
  • seismic and geotechnical emergencies
  • search and rescue and medical emergencies
  • utility system failures
  • other environmental emergencies
  • theft and vandalism

Represents the interests of MKRF to appropriate government agencies, community groups, and interested users. Participates in educational activities and programs as required.  Coordinates, develops and delivers practical curriculum requirements for 6-8 field school courses held at the Research Forests each year.  Oversees and trains students, staff and contractors. Organizes workshops and logistical needs for external training events and tours. This aspect of the role will require periodic travel to both the Alex Fraser Research Forest (in William’s Lake) and UBC campus. Provides expertise in the field of research on both forests by assisting in the research review process, selection of field sites, development of experimental silviculture prescriptions, and supervision of implementation of those prescriptions. Works with the Research Coordinator to develop budgets and track costing for research related activities.  Collaborates with researchers as needed for review, agreements and implementation. Performs other related duties in keeping with qualifications and requirements of the position and the MKRF.



Manages formulation and implementation of silviculture prescriptions to ensure that they meet current professional Forestry standards and policies, legislation, best practices, financial requirements and contribute to the strategic goals of MKRF.  Failure to execute plans and prescriptions in a timely way threatens the financial viability of the unit.  Application of inappropriate plans or prescriptions presents the University with environmental, legal, and financial liabilities.  Exercises professional judgment and initiative in the overall coordination and management of projects.  Accountable for the safe and effective execution of all activities under direction.  Makes decisions regarding the research review process and the development of collaborative research agreements and prescriptions.



Reports to the Manager of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.  Works with wide latitude. Participates in planning meetings with other management positions. Matters involving policy or liability are referred to the Manager with suggested courses of action.  Work is periodically reviewed to assess the validity of decisions or the achievement of defined goals.



Supervises up to 11 full time staff, temporary staff and part-time employees.  In addition, this position directly supervises up to 30 contract employees involved in operation of timber harvesting, silviculture and road construction.



Expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions on difficult terrain and in remote locations.  Emergency callouts to the MKRF without notice during evenings and weekends are required.  Must be available for evening and weekend calls from contractors and co-workers.  Office space and equipment are provided at MKRF. Must be available to work on-site at MKRF at least 80% of time and on a weekly basis

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