Silviculture Forester

United States

Port Blakely is looking for a Silviculture Forester to join our team based in Tumwater, Washington. The Silviculture Forester will be responsible for executing silvicultural plans throughout the Port Blakely ownership in both Washington and Oregon, ensuring the value growth of the company by establishing vigorous young forests and applying pre-commercial thinning prescriptions as needed to optimize site conditions. You will work with the Silviculture Manager and contractors to plan, permit and carry out spray and fertilizer projects, reforestation efforts, hardwood slashing, survival surveys, and pre-commercial thinning operations in a hands-on supervisory manner. Flexibility with logistics and planning is key in this role. Variability of the weather and contractor availability require flexible plans and quick decision-making when conditions change.

As part of our Resources Team, you will report to the Silviculture Manager. This role primarily works out of our office in Tumwater, Washington with travel to Oregon, and time spent in the field in both states.

About Us

Port Blakely grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe. Guided by the principle that tomorrow comes first, we take great care in advancing the ideals and best practices of good corporate and environmental stewardship. We are devoted to our employees, customers, and the communities where we live and work, and are determined to do our part to help them prosper and thrive. Through our work, we hope to inspire the next generation, so they will inspire the one after that. For five generations, the future-first vision of our family owners has kept our sights squarely on the horizon, on making sure that the decisions we make today have a lasting, positive impact on tomorrow.

Port Blakely manages forestlands in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and New Zealand.

What you’ll do:

  • Model and encourage safe work practices.
  • Ensure contract compliance with a variety of contractors and different treatments including planting, spraying, thinning, hardwood slashing
  • Meet with our neighbors to help them understand our forestry operations and build community relationships.
  • Ensure conformance of our commitments to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and internal and regulatory best management practices.
  • Assist with effective administration of internal business functions, including contracts, accounts payable, data entry of all silviculture treatments, and budget development for the silvicultural function.
  • Occasionally travel for training, meetings, and conferences in the Pacific Northwest,
  • Assist with maintenance of the seed orchard as needed.
  • Spend time in the field in Washington and Oregon to manage planting, PCT, and other silviculture projects.

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • Two+ years of silvicultural management experience
  • An understanding of working with independent contractors in planting, spraying, thinning, hardwood slashing
  • Effective administrative experience to assure logistics, paperwork, and communications are effectively completed
  • Ability to work and operate independently, using sound judgment to make decisions, while juggling multiple competing tasks and demands
  • The ability to use cellular apps, maps, compass, and Avenza for navigation to the woods and in the woods while working on units.
  • Experience with LRM / ArcGIS, GPS
  • Contract compliance expertise

Perks & Benefits:

  • HSA, 100% employer-paid premiums for medical/vision and dental
  • Employee bonus plan
  • 401k Matching and Profit-Sharing
  • Flexible Work
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Generous paid time off package
  • Long Term Care insurance coverage
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Support for volunteer work & charitable employee matching
  • Opportunities to spend time outside in our forests!


Applicants should send resume and cover letter to HR@PORTBLAKELY.COM. A full job description can also be made available upon request. While we sincerely appreciate all applicants, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Port Blakely and all subsidiaries of Port Blakely to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, Port Blakely will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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