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Job Posting – Utilities VM Manager - Position Filled

June 25, 2024

Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Reports to: COO

Department: Utilities Vegetation Management

Location: North Vancouver, BC


About Us: Established by Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Inlailawatash is an innovative and growing First Nations owned company providing a range of natural and cultural resource services. Comprising natural resource, forestry, fisheries, archaeology, and GIS professionals, Inlailawatash prioritizes respect for Indigenous and environmental values throughout its business.

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Job Summary:

The Manager, Utilities VM position is a key role in helping Inlailawatash (ILP) become an industry leader in the company’s core business area of Utilities Vegetation Management (VM). Inlailawatash has an established and highly regarded Utilities VM program with an experienced team of Certified Utility Arborists, Apprentice Arborists and Saw Operators. Inlailawatash is a Primary Contractor for BC Hydro’s Transmission Vegetation Management Program. Our VM crews work year-round across the North Shore Pemberton (NSP) Region from North Vancouver to Pemberton / Seton / Upper Harrison Lake, and additional areas based on project needs.

Working closely with Inlailawatash CBO and senior management, the Manager, Utilities VM is responsible for all aspects of operational delivery and ongoing growth and success of the Utilities Vegetation Management program.

Although this position is primarily office based, there will be a portion of time spent on site visits, including travel and overnight stays. 


Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Operational delivery of the Utilities VM program, including managing crew operations; crew resource planning; subcontractor resource planning; VM contract administration; building and maintaining client relationships and client reporting.
  • Management of key elements of the Utilities VM program, including Safe Work Procedures for all Utilities VM operations (i.e., falling, climbing, slashing, mowing); SAFE & COR Certifications; WorkSafeBC claims, incident investigations, and follow-up investigations; Utilities VM QAQC program, fleet NSC program.
  • Leading Utilities VM business development, growth, and diversification.
  • Financial management, including budgeting, financial monitoring, cashflow, debtor management, etc.
  • Contributing to optimization of cost-effective operations, refining management systems.
  • Responsible for employee professional development, identification and development of abilities and skills, mentorship of new employees.
  • Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff; conducting performance evaluations; recommending discipline; implementing discipline procedures as guided by  ILP Administration program.
  • Leading safety meetings and supporting and implementing best practices.
  • Providing in house technical training, including saw operator training, arborist training, safety, and regulatory training.
  • Managing emergency work (i.e., storm work, outages). Coordinating emergency call outs with BC Hydro VM manager.
  • Representing ILP in meetings with client companies, municipalities, community groups, and the public; attending professional workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  • Seeking out grants and funding opportunities.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Management and coordination of Utilities VM crew, coordinators, and subcontractors associated with the Utilities VM program area.
  • Working with the Urban Forestry Manager to coordinate the utilization of field personnel as needed for their projects. 


Qualifications And Attributes:


  • Undergraduate or Masters program relating to natural resource management or related field.
  • 5+ years of relevant professional / business experience in utilities vegetation management. Experience in arboriculture, urban forestry, and/or natural resource management considered an asset.
  • Professional designation relevant to the Utilities Vegetation Management program: Certified Utility Arborist, ISA Arborist, or RPF.
  • Interest in First Nations cultural and environmental values and environmental stewardship is essential; past work with First Nations is considered a major asset.
  • Experience in business management, including developing and managing budgets and other financial indicators; building and managing relationships with clients and subcontractors; business development and strategic planning.
  • Experience in leading Health and Safety and Quality Assurance programs in the Utilities Vegetation Management field.
  • Experience training, developing and managing work crews in the Utilities Vegetation Management field.

Technical Skills

  • Team leadership and crew training, development, and management skills.
  • Program and project management experience, with strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented as well as ability to think strategically.
  • Ability to develop, implement and manage safety protocols and procedures in coordination with work crews.
  • Excellent oral and digital communication skills with a demonstrated ability to produce plans, reports, bid responses and other written products.
  • Microsoft Office skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and MS Project).
  • Financial literacy and numeracy skills (for example developing budgets and cost estimates; analysis and reporting of program and project performance against budget, etc.).

Personal Attributes

  • Thrives in a constantly changing environment with the ability to multi-task and handle a range of tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong entrepreneurial drive towards business continuity and growth.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and tact in building and maintaining relationships.
  • Able to develop, manage and motivate work crews.
  • Identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner (gathers and analyzes information and develops alternative solutions using a reasoned approach).
  • Enjoys working in a natural resource / outdoor-based industry.


Working Conditions:

Physical Demands

  • Significant desk work with extended periods of computer work.
  • Regular site visits in variable weather with some required travel in southwestern BC.

Mental Focus

  • Synthesize complex and diverse information.
  • Remain calm, professional, objective, and constructive.
  • Attention to detail with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

Environmental Conditions

  • Dynamic environment with multiple demands, changing priorities and regular interruptions.
  • Potential involvement in confidential / sensitive HR and other issues requiring situational, commercial and social awareness.
  • Engagement with other departments, levels of crown and First Nation governments.
  • Some flexibility in work hours expected.


Travel: Travel may be required for meetings, training, and site visits.

Working Hours: 35-40 hours per week, occasional overtime as required.

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

Compensation: $41-$46 /h CAD; Plus, Extended Health Benefits & Pension Plan

Apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to Please use subject line: Utilities VM Manager - Last Name, First Name (e.g., IT/Office Coordinator – Riviera, Virgil).

Applicants of Indigenous ancestry are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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