Currently we are hiring tree planters for our 2020 planting season.
What is tree planting
Tree planting in the British Columbia interior is difficult, grinding, and potentially dangerous work. You will be exposed to the elements, bugs, and need to maintain your motivation for most of the working day. You will come home from work exhausted, dirty, and sometimes wet and cold. It is not for everyone. The most successful planters tend to be those who exhibit a high degree of self motivation, work well on a team, and cope well with isolation. Why are we telling you this? Because we want to be up front with you about the demands of the job. If you landed on this page odds are you already know what tree planting is all about because you have done the research, or already have planting experience and are looking for a change. In this case we would love to hear what you have to offer!
The first step in the application process is getting to know each other. You can find out more about us in the About Us tab. Our most important value as a company is that no work is worth getting hurt for. This is the pillar by which we have built the rest of the company. We know, it sounds like corporate fluff. But we truly believe the work is not worth it if you can’t go home and enjoy your hard-earned money on your passions and pursuits. With this in mind, before you go ahead through the application process we want to bring up a few considerations. Physical fitness is a key component in reduction of injuries and maximizing the earning potential for your season. This link is a training standard that was developed by Total Physiotherapy in Houston, BC, specifically for tree planting to determine if a person has the physical conditioning necessary to do the job, and to minimize the risk of repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s). The number one injury to tree planters is RSI’s, and not being properly fit to plant greatly increases the probability of incurring an RSI. We strive to build as safe a workplace as is reasonably within our power, and a worker that is unfit to meet the physical demands of the job puts themselves and others at risk. We highly recommend meeting this minimum standard of fitness to get the most out of your season.
Beyond taking health and safety seriously, Windfirm also strives to maintain a culture of respect. Windfirm expects all its employees to act with integrity on and off the worksite. We are a company that works in and around small close knit communities, often as guests from out of town. As such we will not tolerate acts which endanger, damage, or inconvenience our workers or equipment, the people and property of the communities in which we work, or the environment. Windfirm employees must treat themselves, each other, and our communities with respect, and put safety first while maintaining a high standard of quality and production.
If you are on board with our two main values of safety and respect, then we look forward to receiving your resume!
Please include a cover letter with your resume to tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do with your free time? Are you active and physically fit? What motivates you? If you have never planted before, why do you want to come plant with us? If you have experience, why do you want to come to Windfirm? The more detail you put in your cover letter the better. Since this is our first point of contact it helps you differentiate you from everyone else and gives you an opportunity to show yourself off. That’s right, don’t be afraid to brag a little! We want to know what you are capable of.
On your resume include any previous work experience and at least two work references. If you have previous experience planting include at least one previous crew leader as a reference.
You can send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After we receive your resume and cover letter we will review it and get back to you via the same email from which you sent it. We will let you know we received your application and if you are going to make it to the next stage of the hiring process. If you meet the requirements for the job we will then pass you along to one of our supervisors or crew leaders who are looking to fill spots. They in turn will contact you to make the final hiring decision. Be patient, when a crew leader is building a crew there is a lot to consider. We look forward to hearing from you!