Forester (Chep)

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Forester (Chep)

Location: South Africa
Sector: Forestry
Contract Type: Permanent

Function/Department: Forestry / Farms
Position Title & Location: Forester
Reports to and Location: Manager, Plantations (Willowmere ,Excelsior, Rokeby, Forlorn , Runnymeade farms)

Number of Reports: Total – Up to 70 in peak season(outsourced staff) / Direct – 5

Position Purpose:

Responsible for day to day management of all silviculture, Fire protection, Harvesting and related forestry activities on the above farms. Must ensure optimal growth  and quality of timber resources, and implement measures to minimize Health and safety risk and environmental impact. These farms are mostly newly acquired farms and management practices will need to ensure a smooth transition from previous ownership to Braecroft ownership with regards to allocation of resources and management plans.

Major/Key Accountabilities:

  • Implement silviculture program for these farms as agreed with Forestry manager ,  including
  • program for eradication of alien vegetation in unplanted ,open areas
  • Planting program which will ensure all current TUP areas are planted
  • Pruning program
  • Weed control plans in young timber stands , ensuring no weed competition for seedlings
  • Manage fire protection activities on these farms, and other Braecroft Farms when required. Ensure all fire breaks are timeously prepared and completed
  • Work closely with Harvesting forester with regards to drawing up a detailed thinning and clear- fell harvesting plan
  • Ensure necessary maintenance and upkeep of all plant and equipment , with particular reference to all vehicles and equipment
  • Ensure all ‘”on-farm” related administration is carried out. This includes the submission of various reports and FSC related documentation
  • Contribute towards development of professional forestry contractor and staff compliment on these farms
  • Ensure a safe working environment, by enforcing compliance with effective Health and Safety practices.
  • Ensure compliance with best practice environmental standards, including FSC accreditation.
  • Enhance good image of Braecroft Timbers, by fostering a relationship of trust and cooperation with neighbors and local communities.
  • Implement and manage a thorough roads maintenance plan on the newly acquired farms. This will involve working closely with appointed roads contractors. Costs and environmental impacts will need to be managed
  • Develop working relationship with all local service providers

Measures:

  • Zero Harm targets , regular Safety meetings/Toolbox talks , no injuries
  • No losses of timber due to fire (firebreak program completed on schedule).
  • Minimal downtime of all critical vehicles and equipment ie fire protection equipment
  • Recorded incremental improvement in silviculture program e.g. pruning progress, weed eradication, wattle eradication etc.
  • Timber quality and growth.
  • Obtain FSC accreditation on new farms
  • Operating costs within budget.
  • Road infrastructure improvement

Measures:

  • Zero Harm targets , regular Safety meetings/Toolbox talks , no injuries
  • No losses of timber due to fire (firebreak program completed on schedule).
  • Minimal downtime of all critical vehicles and equipment ie fire protection equipment
  • Recorded incremental improvement in silviculture program e.g. pruning progress, weed eradication, wattle eradication etc.
  • Timber quality and growth.
  • Obtain FSC accreditation on new farms
  • Operating costs within budget.
  • Road infrastructure improvement

Scope:

New farms-Willowmere cluster(Underberg area)

Authority/ Decision Making:

  • Required to make short term operational decisions when dealing with contractor work plans on allocated farms, as well as other day to day issues, eg security.
  • Maintenance decisions that need to be made eg mechanical/electrical call outs.
  • Has authority to call out Aerial assistance for Fire fighting

Challenges:

  • Work hours sometimes long and irregular, with no “time off” in fire season
  • Harsh environment and extreme weather conditions.
  • Labour issues.
  • Remoteness of area, and quality of service from Service providers.
  • Personal safety.
  • Ensuring operational deadlines are met ie: ensuring contractor productivity

Key contacts:

  • Internal
    • Forestry Manager-G McKenzie
    • Harvesting Forester-M Godfrey
    • HR Department (Occasionally)
  • External
    • Local service providers, (Forestry  Contractors/Mechanics/Electricians/SAPS/Security/suppliers) neighbors and local community

Qualifications:

A forestry/agriculture diploma, or certificate would be an advantage, but not essential.

Experience:

At least ten years forestry experience on plantation level, covering supervision of silviculture, fire protection and timber harvesting activities. Basic working knowledge of  Forestry specific vehicles and equipment would be an advantage.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • In depth knowledge of silviculture methods and operations,
  • Timber harvesting processes, fire protection, basic health and safety vital.
  • Ability to deal with contractors on operational level also necessary.
  • Hands on approach to basic maintenance of company assets (buildings and equipment) is critical
  • Ability to work with labour, and get results.
  • Basic computer skills (Word/Excel)required for submission of reports and record keeping.

Languages:

  • Required: English & Zulu/Xhosa

Competency Success Profile:

  • Critical Competencies for Performance
    Ensure each of the five Brambles Competency Clusters is represented in the profile
    There should be no more than 10 competencies in the Success Profile

Applications close: 16 November 2020