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Job Posting – Vegetation Management Coordinator - Position Filled

February 5, 2024

Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Reports to: Manager, Vegetation Management

Department: Vegetation Management

Location: North Vancouver

 

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.

Visit www.inlailawatash.ca for more details.

 

Job Summary: Inlailawatash has a crew of ten (10) Certified Utility Arborists, Apprentice Arborists, and Saw Operators. As the primary contractor for BC Hydro’s (BCH) Transmission Vegetation Management Program the company is responsible for vegetation management (VM). VM consisting of manual tree removals involving both falling and CUA work, brushing, and mechanical mowing) within the North Shore – Pemberton (NSP) BCH’s region. The VM work often incorporates supporting the Inlailawatash partners and its subcontractors. Apart from work for BCH, Inlailawatash VM division often works for other utility companies such as telecommunication or private power providers. VM division of Inlailawatash is often responsible for projects that include Forest Service Road (FSR) maintenance and new road construction.

The Vegetation Management Coordinator reports directly to the VM Manager working along side the Project Lead / Arborist to  manage and coordinate all key areas of the Vegetation Management program, including:

  • Crew management and organization including crew planning and scheduling.
  • BCH contract management support (verification of vegetation management prescriptions, estimating, conducting pre-job meetings, ensuring the optimum use of crews and equipment).
  • Oversight and inspections of Inlailawatash and subcontractor crews to ensure work follows technical specifications, arboricultural standards, and current best management practices.
  • Ongoing safety and environmental compliance inspections.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Together with Project Lead / Arborist and Manager develops and manages crew schedules, assigns responsibilities and tasks to the crew leads.
  • Works with crew leads on an ongoing basis, keeps them up to speed with project requirements and provides constant assistance with logistics ensuring crew safety and efficiency.
  • Supports Project Lead / Arborist and Manager in the delivery of BC Hydro transmission vegetation work packages, including: 
    • Office desktop review of new work packages to identify priority work.
    • Field visits to review new work packages with assistance from the CUAs.
    • Ongoing site safety and quality inspections of Inlailawatash crews, partners, and subcontractors.
    • Preparation of inspection reports, weekly and quarterly summary reports, and submission to BCH.
  • Responsible for running crew trailer, saw shop, and all crew equipment and vehicles, including maintenance, upkeeping, and documentation.
  • Responsible for daily check ins/outs with the crews, timely timesheet completions, timely submissions of incident reports and Good Catches.
  • Meets up with existing and potential clients to advise on work and develop work prescriptions and plans.
  • Develops forms, checklists to help with crew organization and scheduling. 
  • Responsible for internal crew training (Field Maps, rangefinders, relevant online industry training).
  • Administers key elements of the company’s Health and Safety Program.
  • Assists in the development of annual budget by identifying crew PPE and equipment needs, vehicle needs, areas of improvement & needs when it comes to crew trailer, saw shop & storage facilities.
  • Assist with planning for crew training & professional development.
  • Provide project coordination support for Ecosystem Restoration and Forestry, as required.

 

Qualifications and skills:

 Education/Experience

  • Undergraduate degree related to natural resource management or related field, OR
  • Three (3) years experience working in utility vegetation management or in the field of forestry vegetation management.
  • Interest in First Nations cultural and environmental values and stewardship is essential; past work with First Nations is considered a definite asset.
  • Experience in arboriculture, specifically field work (falling, climbing, bucking, running a chainsaw) is considered a definite asset.
  • Experience in operational forestry (i.e., fieldwork: cutblock and road reconnaissance and layout, site planning and data collection, logging supervision, post harvest surveys, reforestation, and silviculture, etc.) is considered a definite asset.
  • Valid class five (5) driver's license.
  • Remote or Wilderness First Aid, or willing to take the course within 3 months of employment.
  • Frequent field work. 50-75% of time spent in the field in urban, rural, and wilderness areas. Frequently exposed to all weather conditions, works in construction areas, and able to hike with a lightly weighted backpack (up to 20 lbs) over rough terrain in wilderness area. Some exposure to wild animals and dogs. Occasional exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Confidently drives a 4X4 on backroads, confidently navigates using online mapping or compass, if required; has experience operating Off-Highway Vehicles such as ATVs and UTVs.

 

Technical Skills

  • Very strong planning and organizational skills, detail oriented.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in working with and managing field crews.
  • Knowledge of BCH online data collection system (VegNet) and online mapping system (ArcGIS Field Maps) are mandatory; strong computer and tablet skills to be able to solve any problems that crews might encounter in the field.
  • Experience and interest in equipment maintenance and service, including small engine repairs.
  • Excellent oral and digital communication skills.
  • Strong awareness of the importance of safety; ability to develop and implement safety protocols and procedures in coordination with work crews.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Publish, MS Teams).

 

Personal Attributes

  • Thrives in a constantly changing environment, able to handle a range of tasks and responsibilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, tact in building and maintaining relationships.
  • Identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner (gathers and analyzes information and develops alternative solutions using a reasoned approach).
  • Ability to proactively take ownership of projects and independently drive them forward.
  • Comfortable working in an office-based role combined with site-based time outdoors that involves some physical demands.

 

Travel: 50% office based; 50% travel.

Working Hours: 35-hour per week;  flexible options available & overtime as required.

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

Compensation: $33-35/h CAD($60,000-63,700); Plus, Extended Health Benefits & Pension Plan

 

Apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to employment@inlailawatash.ca.

Please use subject line: Vegetation Management Coordinator

 - Last Name, First Name (e.g., Vegetation Management 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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