Manager – Alex Fraser Research Forest (Deadline: October 30, 2017)

Job Title: Manager – Alex Fraser Research Forest
Application Deadline: October 30, 2017
Classification: M&P Forest Management
Faculty: Forestry
Department: University Research Forests (URFO)
Division: 16
Pay Grade: Business Operations, Level G


The Faculty of Forestry at the University of BC is seeking a motivated individual to serve as Manager at our Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake, BC. The applicant should be an experienced team leader with business and entrepreneurial skills who enjoys training, mentoring and working with the foresters of tomorrow. Registration or eligibility as a Professional Forester in BC is required, as well as a track record of managing crown land tenures in BC, leading a diverse team of natural resource professionals, and developing innovative forestry practices. Reporting to the Director of UBC’s Research Forests, you will be responsible for all aspects of managing this unique forest operation.

The UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest is an area-based tenure that covers 9800 hectares of crown land in two blocks. The Research Forest operates as a self-funded business that delivers a wide range of research, education, and forest management opportunities to not only the University, but also the local communities that surround it. The City of Williams Lake is a modern vibrant community serving a regional population of 30,000 and offers a full range of social, economic and recreational opportunities.

This position:

  • Manages a self-supporting enterprise with a primary goal of providing research and teaching services to UBC and other institutions
  • Plans and supervises all activities on the Alex Fraser Research Forest (AFRF), including forest management planning and operations.
  • Is responsible for all financial aspects including forecasting, reporting and meeting cost/revenue targets for all accounts relating to the AFRF.
  • Supervises staff and contractors employed by AFRF
  • Represents the interests of AFRF within the Faculty of Forestry and UBC more generally, and with appropriate government agencies, First Nations, and licensed users
  • Manages the organization and delivery of field courses and extension activities at AFRF
  • Provides contacts and linkages between the Faculty of Forestry and other post-secondary forestry programs
  • Is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of AFRF operations comply with UBC policy and applicable federal and provincial legislation and regulations.


The Alex Fraser Research Forest is a self funded unit of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. This position reports to the Director, Research Forests on all matters. There is also a reporting function to the URF Advisory Council on strategic and operational matters. The position also collaborates with Faculty lead instructors for field courses.

Supervises all technical and professional staff in the unit. Supervises permanent staff, contractors and temporary employees in development of information and implementation of plans. Represents the interests of the Research Forest to appropriate government agencies, and licensed users. Represents the interests of the Research Forest to the Faculty of Forestry and UBC, as required. Interacts with faculty, government officials, industry, local community, international visitors, and other groups visiting AFRF. Represents the Research Forest and the Faculty of Forestry to First Nations, the local community, other academic institutions and to the forestry community.


  • Carries out legal obligations of a Registered Professional Forester as required by Provincial statute and implements government policies as related to forestry tenure.
  • Carries out legal obligations of a Registered Professional Forester as required by Provincial statute and implements government policies as related to forestry tenure.
  • Manages planning for timber development and timber harvesting programs and selection of contractors
  • Plans and manages marketing of timber produced from the AFRF harvesting program, including quality control.
  • Plans and manages all aspects of forest management at AFRF including teaching and research, forest inventory, forest protection, silviculture, recreation, habitat management, GIS, as well as short and long range planning.
  • Coordinates preparation of and signs Management Plans, Site Plans, Road Plans, Annual Harvest Plans, Forest Stewardship Plans and Silviculture Prescriptions and manages operational planning as needed to enable the timber harvesting and silviculture program of the AFRF
  • Manages the tenure and related issues for AFRF
  • Plans and implements silviculture activities including reforestation, stand tending and required reporting to government
  • Manages risk in financial outcomes, public safety, and worker safety
  • Investigates and pursues research, teaching, extension and business opportunities
  • Develops long range business plans and strategic plans for business operations of the forest
  • Prepares budgets, revenue forecasts and cost estimates for all operational activities of the Alex Fraser Research Forest
  • Ensures that timber harvest revenues are reconciled and meet budget expectations
  • Controls spending to meet budget expectations
  • Exercises financial control over AFRF operating accounts as well as individual research and special purpose accounts.
  • Manages planning and delivery of field courses at AFRF for UBC Faculty of Forestry and other post-secondary programs.
  • Participates in field teaching to UBC staff and students as needed.  Organizes workshops and external training events and tours
  • Coordinates community input and participation into the management of the Research Forest
  • Fulfills primary liaison role with adjacent communities, alumni, faculty, MKRF, other post-secondary institutions, and other research forests
  • Participates on forest health, silviculture and other relevant committees on behalf of the Forest
  • Replaces subordinate staff during scheduled and unscheduled absences
  • Coordinates AFRF fundraising activities with the Faculty Development Officer
  • Maintains familiarity with UBC policy and applicable legislation and guidelines, to ensure that plans, prescriptions and implementation comply with legal requirements and best-practice guidance
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Decisions made affect worker and public safety and sustainability on 10,000 ha of public forest land, creating legal and financial liabilities for the Faculty and the University, and affecting the reputation of the University within the forestry profession, the surrounding community and broader public. The financial authority of the position enables the self-supporting mandate of the AFRF. Errors in decisions can adversely affect the Faculty’s and the University’s legal, reputational and financial interests.


This position works independently to initiate, coordinate and carry out the day-to-day management of the AFRF, under the broad direction of the Director, Research Forests. The incumbent is expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff of the Faculty of Forestry, government agencies, First Nations and stakeholders, and resolve problems of a technical or policy nature with only goal based supervision.


Supervises a full time staff of 6 UBC employees, up to 4 seasonal employees and volunteers, and up to 30 contract employees.


Expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions on difficult terrain and in remote locations. Office space and equipment are provided at the Alex Fraser Forest office in Williams Lake. Regular travel to UBC campus in Vancouver and the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge will be required.




The position requires completion of an undergraduate degree in forestry. A post-graduate degree in forestry or complimentary discipline would be an asset. Registration and membership in good standing in the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters is required. A minimum of ten years’ experience with specific knowledge of planning and operations on forest land in British Columbia is required. Knowledge of the legal framework of forestry on crown land in BC is required. Familiarity with a wide range of silvicultural systems and logging methods is required. Experience in managing or supervising a professional staff team and contractors is required. Ability to plan and manage a significant and variable revenue and expense budget is required. Class V Driver’s License, Level I First Aid Certificate, and S100 Fire Suppression Certificate are required. Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications is required. Proven abilities in supervision, organization, business management, written and oral communication skills are required.


To apply, please forward resume and covering letter to no later than October 30, 2017. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community.  We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.