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Job Posting – Manager, Forestry & Special Projects

December 3, 2023

Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Reports to: COO

Department: Forestry, Vegetation Management

Location: North Vancouver BC


About Us:

Established by Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Inlailawatash is an innovative and growing First Nations owned company that provides a range of natural and cultural resource services to diverse clients. Established in 2004, Inlailawatash provides integrated cultural and renewable resource services to Indigenous and crown governments, utilities, private sector businesses, and non-profit organizations.


Based in səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/North Vancouver BC, we are comprised of natural resource, forestry, fisheries, archaeology, and GIS professionals, with knowledgeable field personnel who offer an exceptional combination of academic training, work experience, and project management skills. Prioritizing respect for Indigenous and environmental values throughout our business, Inlailawatash is truly unique.


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The Role:
In this newly established role, the Manager of Forestry & Special Projects will play a pivotal role in advancing Inlailawatash's fifteen-year legacy towards achieving industry leadership in Indigenous forestry and renewable resource management. Collaborating closely with the senior management team, the Manager(FSP) will spearhead the oversight and administration of our ecosystem-based forestry program.


The Manager(FSP) will leverage their project management expertise to efficiently guide substantial initiatives across diverse business domains, including Transmission Vegetation Management. The ideal candidate for this role will possess a deep respect for First Nations history, culture, and socio-economic contexts. Alongside a strong work ethic, self-motivation, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Thriving in outdoor environments, excel in dynamic settings, and exhibit strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving capabilities, and a passion for continuous learning.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage Inlailawatash’s ecosystem-based forestry program, working with Inlailawatash senior management.
  • Undertake a broad range of operational forestry fieldwork, utilizing and coordinating forestry consultants as required, including: cutblock and road reconnaissance and layout, bridge crossing design, site planning and data collection, logging supervision, post harvest surveys, reforestation and silviculture, etc.
  • Prepare site plans, harvest plans, cutting permit and road permit applications, economic / stumpage analysis.
  • Manage First Nations, public and stakeholder consultations.
  • Prepare and submit FSP and Woodlot Licence Plans and Management Plans.
  • Coordinate and supervise harvesting and other operations, including on-site project and safety supervision.
  • Manage funding proposals, research grant applications, develop scientific and academic partnerships.
  • Manage Transmission Vegetation Management projects in the Indian River Watershed, working closely with Inlailawatash’s Vegetation Management team, including: site and work package reviews, managing subcontractors, monitoring progress, quality and safety inspections, admin and contract management, etc.


Qualifications and Skills:


  • Knowledge of, and respect for, First Nations history, culture, and socio-economic contexts; keen interest in working for an Indigenous business seen as essential. Previous experience working in a First Nations community and/or business is an asset.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in forestry; Master’s degree in a related field is an asset.
  • Registered with the FPBC as an RPF or RFT (or eligible for registration)
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in forestry, with a strong operational forestry background.
  • Knowledge of BC Hydro Transmission Vegetation Management is an asset.
  • Current clean drivers license.


Technical Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out a range of operational forestry fieldwork.
  • Detailed knowledge of forestry planning documents & permits, including regulations & processes.
  • Excellent managerial and teamworking skills.
  • Excellent writing and digital communication skills with a demonstrated ability to repeatedly produce high-quality plans, reports, and other written products with strong attention to detail.
  • Financial analysis and business planning acumen.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project).
  • Knowledge in and demonstrated experience of Project Management.
  • Strong awareness of the importance of safety, with the ability to develop, implement and manage safety protocols and procedures in coordination with work crews.


Travel: Partly office-based but includes a significant field component, including travel and occasional overnight stays.

Working Hours: 40-hour per week, overtime as required.

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible, willing to wait for the right candidate.

Compensation: $36-43/h CAD; Plus, Extended Health Benefits & Pension Plan


Apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to

Please use subject line: Position - Last Name, First Name (e.g., Field Coordinator – Riviera, Peter).

Applicants of Indigenous ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply.


We thank you for your interest in advance. Short-listed candidates will be contacted; others will be kept in our database for future consideration.

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