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Forestry Technician

NorthWinds Environmental Services (NWES) is currently looking to hire qualified and experienced Forestry Technicians to assist with the delivery of forest carbon inventory programs, forest management tasks, and silvicultural field work. The successful applicant will work a schedule of 10 days in the field/4 days out. This position has a preferred start date of May 15, 2023, and will run until August 31, 2023. 

In this role, you will:

  • Participate in field work associated with forest carbon inventory plots, including plot setup, high-accuracy GPS equipment calibration and use, forest mensuration and inventorying.

  • Operate and maintain equipment related to field data collection vehicles, ATVs, boats, GPS, related measuring equipment, and safety equipment.

  • Support other NWES field work and office project needs.


Mandatory Requirements:

  • Education: Degree or Diploma in forestry or other related environmental field; or equivalent experience

  • You must possess a valid Class G driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the province of Ontario.

  • Possession of a small craft operators certificate and ATV training would be an asset.

  • Demonstrated experience and comfort travelling and working in the field, including in remote locations and camping.

  • A desire and demonstrated ability to work independently.

  • Willingness to work long hours under variable field conditions (in inclement weather, heat and cold weather conditions) as well as work on weekends and/or statutory holidays.

  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks and manual labour, often requiring prolonged periods of standing, walking, bending, kneeling, squatting and stretching. 

  • Up to date Standard First Aid and CPR certification is an asset.

  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail in all aspects of work.

Technical field skills:

  • You have demonstrated knowledge of forest mensuration equipment and procedures, including tree height and DBH measurements

  • You have demonstrated ability to operate/maintain various types of forest mensuration gear, cameras, data logger tablets, and navigation aids.

  • You have knowledge of vegetation identification in Ontario.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • You have the ability to work in a team environment, often in close contact for extended periods of time.

  • You have effective and detailed communication skills to effectively record data and field notes relevant to the project.

Computer and technology proficiency:

You are proficient with computer programs such as regular office hardware and software, and programs such as GIS, GPS and navigation software.          

  • Use of field tablets for data entry, navigation, and data management

  • Experience with GPS/InReach

  • Experience with high-accuracy GNSS survey units is an asset

  • Use of georeferencing cameras

Position Type: Contract

Location: Thunder Bay with travel to field sites throughout northern Ontario.

Key Requirements: A valid driver’s license, and ability to work remotely, including accommodation in field stations.

Salary: $20-$25 per hour, to be negotiated based on training and experience

How to apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to with "Forestry Technician Application" in the subject line

Interested applicants should apply by April 16th, 2023. Applications received after the deadline may still be accepted and may be considered if a suitable candidate is not found during the first round of interviews, or if additional positions are required.  All applications are greatly appreciated; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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