Primarily young, and increasingly less experienced, the seasonal silviculture workforce carries unique challenges regarding recruitment and retention of competent workers. With the majority of workers paid on a piece-work basis the workplace is strongly focused on production. These cultural features place a critical and immediate emphasis on the best selection, motivation, treatment and training of workers. Over the long term the industry needs to retain experienced career-oriented workers capable of managing workers and projects. To better understand the dynamics around labour in the sector the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association entered into a three-year Labour Market Partnership agreement with government. Its purpose was to measure and make better sense of the silviculture workforce and recommend constructive human resource strategies. The BC Silviculture Workforce Initiative, which concluded in 2015, provided various reports and much of the logic, data, and analysis that now inform the industry’s approach to improving human resource and workforce practices and planning.
We have it on good authority that workers, being human, will eventually retire from the workforce. That being the case, the cross over point we are at now, where the population of older workers is greater than the younger workers available to replace them, raises some interesting questions. How do we fill the growing population … Read more
At this year’s Western Forestry Contractors’ Association annual conference we talked about work place harassment in an open forum. The session was revelatory and insightful. The proceedings from the session are now summarized into a set of key standouts and observations. They draw from the panelists candid remarks and the equal candour from the audience. … Read more
Planting trees does often require remaining resolute in the face of adversity. Not everyone comes with that resolve; so much so, that a 2015 labour market report on forestry work recommended the industry do a better job of portraying more clearly what the job and conditions involve in order to better attract and retain new … Read more
There are various styles of boots that can be considered for silviculture work. Some include: Traditional leather work/logging boots Leather hiking/climbing boots Leather hunting boots Vulcanized rubber boots Combination vulcanized rubber and leather boots Combination synthetics and leather boots Because there are so many brands and styles in the market for these kinds of … Read more
The silviculture sector is at a crossroads…again. For those who have worked in or followed the industry for any period of time, this isn’t an entirely new experience. Various challenges to the health and viability of the sector have emerged over the past few decades. Read the full report here. Read more
Now silviculture workers can apply for Job Opportunities work or Tuition and Transition assistance under the Community Development Trust Program. A more inclusive definition of eligibility included as part of the federal Community Adjustment Fund provides support for all workers affected by the forest sector downturn. Read more
It is hurry up and wait for crews on the B.C. West Coast as cold Interior outflows meet warm Pacific troughs. The Brinkman & Associate’s workers pictured above near Port McNeil on Vancouver Island hold a tree planting pre-work, sort of, on a block just above sea level. Contractors report delays across the Coast and … Read more