If you’re looking for a career that makes a difference, take a look at opportunities in the forest industry.

Whether it’s the lumber used to build your home, the pulp used to make the paper for a letter you wrote to a loved one, or the mulch you applied to help your garden grow, the products we create in Alberta touch people’s lives around the world every day. And the way we manage our forests is one of the most important considerations for the future of our province and the planet.

As an industry, we’re responsible for stewarding one of Alberta’s most important natural resources. The scope of that responsibility calls for all kinds of skills – whatever your strengths and interests are, there’s a rewarding career in forestry waiting for you.

This sector is about maximizing environmental, social, and economic benefits for Albertans today, while making sure those same benefits will also be here for future generations. We work together as a supportive and close-knit professional community – across diverse job types, to secure Alberta’s future on all three fronts.

WOODLANDS OPERATIONS

This side of the industry works to understand forest ecosystems, carefully plan and harvest areas, maintain meaningful relationships with surrounding communities, and grow healthy, diverse forests post-harvest.

If you want a career that takes you out into the wild, this might be the place for you. Scientists, planners, foresters, heavy equipment operators, community liaisons, and many other types of forest industry workers spend much of their working lives outside, immersed in the forests they manage.

PRODUCT MANUFACTURING

Alberta produces some of the best quality forest products in the world.

They range from essential, familiar materials like lumber to emerging materials like bio-methanol – a water-soluble, biodegradable material that can be used to create plastics, dyes, glues, and a wealth of other goods with less environmental impact.

If you’re interested in machinery, technology, engineering, chemistry, or any of the diverse skill sets that go into sustainable manufacturing, you’ll find opportunities here. Alberta’s mills strive to achieve zero waste, develop innovative products and processes, and meet consumer needs with a smaller environmental footprint.

Work Wild is here to help people who are looking for a career they’ll love – whether you’re a high school student evaluating career options for the first time, or looking to make a change in your career.

If you’d like more information about employment opportunities in the forest industry, you can find job profiles, current job postings, scholarships, and more here.

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JOB POSTINGS

Environmental Summer Students (Forestry and Ecology)

These positions are full-time summer student roles starting May 3 and running through to September 1, 2021.

Company: CCI Inc.

Location: Calgary, Cochrane, Sundre/Rocky Mountain House, Prince George, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson

Summary of Position:

We are looking for high achievers that want to have a positive impact on the natural landscapes of Alberta! You will have a diverse workload that includes work for forestry, agriculture and energy industry clients.

The majority of your work will be in the field with a focus on vegetation identification, harvest area layout and tree regeneration monitoring. This work is often production focussed where you will be rewarded well for moving fast and maintaining quality. You will be working in a small field team with the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of professionals. You will also assist our staff around the office with social media posts, annual cleanup and potentially building a rooftop garden.

In Alberta roles, the typical week will be 4 days (10-12 hours / day) with a 3-day weekend. On some projects, specifically from July 15 to August 30, there may be extended time in the field required.

For BC roles, shifts are typically longer with the opportunity to be rewarded more.

Overtime and food/accommodation will be paid according to provincial legislation.

Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of education in forestry, agriculture, biology, environmental science, or related field
  • Very strong plant identification skills (woody and herbaceous)
  • Physically fit and production focused
  • Ability to work independently in the outdoors
  • Valid Alberta Drivers License

Other Assets (Skills and Training):

  • Standard First Aid & CPR, ATV Safety Training and H2S Alive
  • Knowledge of Esri-based field and office products
  • Experience with timber cruising, silviculture surveying, FireSmart, tree planting program supervision and / or cutblock layout
  • History working with Indigenous groups

All training required to complete work safely will be supplied.

CCI Inc. has established itself as the “go-to” company of highly qualified and experienced pipeline and environmental specialists working together as a team to bring an integrated and complementary approach to each project.

CCI offers an unparalleled diversity of work that will ensure the successful candidate is challenged and engaged. At CCI, we work hard to produce results for our clients and are rewarded for our Commitment, Collaboration and Innovation.

CCI Inc. has been named one of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the seventh year in a row. We have also recently expanded our footprint by merging with Geoterra Integrated Resource Solutions in British Columbia. Now is the best time to join our winning team!

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

Please submit your resume to hr@ccisolutions.ca.

Forestry Educator

Work Wild, a program within the Alberta Forest Products Association, reaches out to people who are making one of the most important choices in their lives — finding a career they love! Learn more about the program at workwild.ca. We are looking for an enthusiastic people-person to fill our Forestry Educator position.

Company:

Job Title: Forestry Educator

Location: Edmonton/Various

Job Type: Full Time

Deadline: March 22, 2022

Job Purpose: Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Forestry Educator implements Work Wild program objectives, which include educating Albertans on forest sector practices as well as career opportunities in Alberta’s Forest industry. The Forestry Educator will spend much of their time traveling to communities throughout Alberta, talking to students and jobseekers about the variety of rewarding opportunities in this sustainable industry.

Duties:

  • Travel, both in-person and virtually, to Alberta communities to educate students and jobseekers about careers and practices in Alberta’s forest sector by:
    • exhibiting at career fairs
    • delivering presentations
  • Engage an online audience by creating, updating, and editing web and social media content, including:
    • job postings
    • contests
    • blog posts
    • newsletters
  • Manage program budget and deliverables
  • Represent the Work Wild program as a part of the Forestry Futures Alliance

Qualifications:

  • Degree or diploma in Education, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Indigenous Relations, Marketing, Communications, or a related field
  • Experience with youth and public speaking
  • Working knowledge of WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Prezi
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Keen attention to detail and accuracy in written communications
  • Highly organized; able to juggle multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to work independently, often in remote areas
  • Valid class 5 Driver’s License

 

To Apply:

If you are interested, please submit your résumé to:

Aspen Dudzic
Director of Communications
adudzic@albertaforestproducts.ca
780-996-4377

IT Network Analysis

 

COMPANY: Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac) is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and supportive team player for the role of Network Analyst at our Millsite near Athabasca, AB. Reporting to the Business Unit Lead – IT, the job is responsible for providing ongoing maintenance and support of Al-Pac’s network infrastructure. This includes supporting the design of Al-Pac’s networks, monitoring and mitigating risks specific to Al-Pac’s networking assets (LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, and point to point). The role will serve as the escalation point for risks, action items, issues, and decisions related to Al-Pac’s networking infrastructure and services. This is a full-time, permanent position working a compressed schedule from Monday to ThursdayRelocation assistance is also available for those who need to move into the local area.

OUR BUSINESS & CULTURE:

Al-Pac is the largest single-line kraft pulp producer in North America. We strive to be leaders in what we do, from our quality products, mill operations, and responsible forest management practices, to the way we grow and develop our team members, and work with local communities. We are continuously investigating new and innovative ideas while delivering premium products with a commitment to strong environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility – a commitment that is demonstrated by our long-standing Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification*.

We are an inclusive workplace where different points of view are welcomed and encouraged. We believe that diversity in our workforce drives innovation, and we foster a culture that supports team members to be themselves and rewards thinking differently. You will experience firsthand that our culture values health and safety, teamwork, continuous improvement, open communication, productivity, and quality. We also understand that work should be just one part of your life, and we strive to ensure our team members have a healthy work-life balance. We offer a compressed workweek schedule, a hybrid work arrangement program, as well as a generous time-off policy starting with four weeks of vacation allowance. As a result of programs like these, combined with our culture and working environment, we have been recognized over the last decade with Canada’s Top Employer, Alberta’s Top Employer, and Top Employer for Young People awards.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Technical Support – Provide oversight, and day to day management of Al-Pac’s networks (LAN,
    WAN, Wi-Fi, and point to point). Maintain physical network infrastructure across all organizational
    sites. Troubleshoot issues as they arise. Monitor and identify network faults.
    Design Networks – Recommend and monitor the implementation of network design principles
    and standards across Al-Pac’s networks. Plan for and update network assets. Plan for and
    update local, wide area, and Wi-Fi networks to ensure maximum accessibility for users. Activities
    include purchasing, installation, and maintenance of firewall equipment, routing, switching, Wi-Fi,
    and internet services
  • Project Management – Manage, organize, plan, control, and monitor all tasks and resources
    required to achieve defined project goals. Control project tasks throughout the life of an approved
    project.
  • Portfolio Supplier Management – Review vendor invoices to confirm delivery of contracted
    technical services.
  • IT Security – Ensure IT security is appropriately addressed across Al-Pac’s technology
    environment.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma or its equivalent in information and
    communication technologies or computing science, supplemented by 5 years of relevant
    experience or demonstrated mastery in cyber security practices, principles, and solutions.
  • 2 + years progressively related work experience.
  • A Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) designation or equivalent experience in project
    management.
  • Working knowledge of computer networking, technology infrastructure
  • Experience in project management

SKILLS:

  • Strong computer applications skills (Microsoft 365, including Teams, PowerPoint, Word, Excel,
    Outlook)
  • Extremely well organized with exceptional planning, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • A high degree of professionalism and ability to maintain confidentiality

Please forward your resume in confidence to alpac.careers@alpac.ca. This position will be considered open until filled.

Al-Pac is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. We wish to express our thanks to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Successful applicants must provide government-issued proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 will be requested upon acceptance of an offer of employment. Please note that for Alberta residents, only the government-issued QR code is accepted as proof of vaccination.

 

FAQS

How do I start a career in the forest industry?

This is a dynamic, varied sector that includes all kinds of jobs. Where to start depends on what kind of work you want to do, whether that’s working with heavy equipment, trees, spreadsheets, wildlife, or people. Whatever your interests, there’s probably a job for you.

We’re always excited to welcome new people to the industry! If working in the forest sector seems interesting to you, we recommend checking out our partners at Work Wild. You can find information there on different job types, career paths, educational requirements, scholarships current job postings, and more.

Are careers in forestry considered green jobs?

A green job is any career that contributes to a sustainable future, and the forest industry in Alberta is 100% sustainable. Whether you are working on climate change research, developing sustainable forest management plans, planting our future forests, or helping manufacture green products, remaining sustainable and keeping our forests healthy is of the utmost importance to all of Alberta’s forest professionals.

Our sector works hard to provide Albertans with the renewable resources they rely on, while maintaining healthy forests for generations. As stewards of the forest, we take the health of our forest seriously. No matter the career path, our professionals all have common goals—addressing climate change concerns, working towards net-zero carbon, and being an example of sustainable forestry for the world.

 

Is the forest industry a low-tech industry?

The forest industry has been a high-tech industry for quite some time. Alberta’s forest industry works to apply innovative strategies to address the sectors challenging problems and improve current practices through consistent technological advancement. In the past, forestry professionals started their careers with no cellphones or GPS — just paper maps and a compass! Today’s forest sector is a lot more advanced. Armed with cell phones, tablets, and GPS units, it’s now much easier for foresters to review their maps, identify and mark important features like wildlife habitat or water courses, and define the harvest boundaries while on site. Our sector also uses advanced computer programs to create long-term forest plans that apply historic forest data to predict future fires or the spread of insects and diseases.

Whether we’re virtually mapping forest areas with AI or flying drones to capture regions out of reach to foresters, our sector uses the latest technology to ensure everything we do is efficient, accurate, and most importantly, sustainable.

Alberta Forest Products Association

AFPA is a non-profit association that represents Alberta’s forest industry. We support our members in reaching new heights of sustainability, safety, efficiency and innovation, and we give Albertans opportunities to learn about our forests and the forest industry.

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Work Wild is here to help people who are looking for a career they’ll love – whether you’re a high school student evaluating career options for the first time, or looking to make a change in your career.

If you’d like more information about employment opportunities in the forest industry, you can find job profiles, current job postings, scholarships and more here.

Workwild.ca

DID YOU KNOW?

96% of Alberta’s managed forests (where forest companies operate) are independently certified for sustainability.

Learn more about the forest industry’s sustainable forest management practices.

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