[MVL566] - Assistant Manager, Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

[MVL566] - Assistant Manager, Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

26 Aug
The University of British Columbia

26 Aug

The University of British Columbia


Responsible for strategic planning and direction for the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Assesses and manages the risks of plans and organizational changes involved in future projects. Plans, directs and administers all aspects of Research Forest management, timber harvesting, silviculture and sawmilling. Organizational Status Reports to the Director, UBC Research Forests. Works closely with the management team of the Faculty of Forestry and the Alex Fraser Research Forest. Work Performed - Responsible for strategic planning and direction for the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Assesses and manages the risks of plans and organizational changes involved in future projects.

- In collaboration with the Director, Faculty,

First Nations and community advisory groups establishes and communicates broad plans and goals consistent with the department's vision, values, and long-term business plans. Assigns goals and objectives to managers, supervisors and staff to advance the department's vision and business plans.

- Plans, develops, recommends and implements new organizational policies and procedures to improve practices, products and service quality. Provides clarity and direction on policies and procedures to managers and staff.

- Manages performance of staff, including coaching, motivating, recruiting, training, disciplining (up to and including termination of employment), in collaboration with Human Resources personnel and in accordance with collective agreement and administrative requirements.

- Manages relationships and with key clients, contractors and campus partners.

- Ensures high standards of safety are maintained, and ensures work is performed in compliance with UBC policy, and WorksafeBC and University safety guidelines.Collaborates with log and lumber marketing personnel to develop a marketing plan for all areas of responsibility. Participates in implementation and review as required.

- Supports creation of and ongoing adherence to in-house product standards and requirements.

- Oversees and maintains sales and purchasing ledgers and general ledger reconciliations according to established procedures.

- Plans, forecasts and approves annual budgets for all areas of responsibility, in alignment with departmental financial plans.

- Liaises and builds relations with community partners (RCMP, Fire Dept, MoFLNRO, WorksafeBC, First Nations) and other campus stakeholders (Faculty of Forestry, Treasury, Risk Management, HR).

Ensures all Forest tenure licenses, road and cutting permits are renewed and any policy changes or updates are communicated to the affected operations.

- Leads educational activities and programs as required. Provides curriculum for Forestry 351, 452, 559 and CONS 451 Field Schools and other education programs, workshops, conferences and tours.

- Acts on behalf of the Director during scheduled and unscheduled absences from the Forest - on average 50-60 days per year.

- Carries out any other related duties as necessary in keeping with the requirements and qualifications of the job.


Expected to work outdoors in all weather conditions on difficult terrain and in remote locations. Emergency callouts to the Forest without notice during evenings and weekends are required. Evening and weekend calls from contractors will occur. Office space and equipment are provided at the Forest. Periodic travel to the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake will be required. Supervision Received Works with a high level of independence. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement of long term goals and profitability for all areas of responsibility. Reports to the Director, UBC Research Forests. Supervision Given Directly manages the Resident Forester, Research Coordinator, Manager of Administration and Operations Manager. Provides day-to-day supervision of up to 5 temporary staff and part-time employees and two volunteers. Directly supervises up to 15 contractor staff engaged to complete the planning and silviculture tasks. In the Director's absence, supervises all contractors (up to 50). Consequence of Error/Judgement This position is responsible for the overall operation and management of the forest landbase at the Knapp Forest including the environmental health, financial performance and health and safety of employees, contractors and guests to the Forests. Failure to manage risk, provide safe working conditions for employees and contractors, and duty of care to guests could result in serious injury or loss of life. Failure to provide quality, service and value to customers could negatively impact the financial performance of the Forest, disrupt the academic mission of the University, and damage the reputation of the Faculty and the University as a whole. Failure to achieve forest stewardship objectives will result in non-compliance with laws and regulations governing forest land management and expose the University to substantial legal penalties as well as damage to its reputation. Failure to achieve adequate forest management practices will result in creation of environmental liabilities which can create significant financial liabilities and legal penalties. Failure to make sound business decisions will adversely impact sales. UBC Research Forests rely on the sales of forest products to provide all revenue for operations.

The level of complexity of this position is compounded by a rapidly changing regulatory environment, dynamic global market conditions for the products being sold, and significant impacts from climate change, forest health and changing social expectations for land management decisions. Qualifications Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. An advanced degree in forestry or a related discipline, and enrollment as a Registered Professional Forester, are required. A minimum of 8 years of experience, 8 years relevant experience leading and developing career and professional-level employees or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Related experience including specific knowledge of planning and operations on forest land in British Columbia or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Demonstrated experience with a wide range of silviculture systems and harvest methods is required. Class IV Driver's License is required. Computer literacy, including word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications is required. Proficiency in ArcGIS is required. Proven abilities in written and oral communications are necessary. Ability to work flexible hours and days of the week, as well as to respond to after-hours emergencies is required. .

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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