Seasonal update info
We are excited to announce that
we have another very full season ahead of us including lots of summer trees!
Our planting season will be starting up as soon as the snow melts and we will
be working through until the end of July. We are excited to see you all again
in May and hopefully some new faces.
Total physio – Total
Physiotherapy, in consultation with silviculture industry employers and
workers, has developed a fit to plant program. Windfirm brings in Total
Physiotherapy to do a training and information session near the start of the
season on different strategies and techniques to help minimize injury and
maximize planting potential. This video is a recommended minimum level of
fitness coming into the season with exercises and workouts you can do to get
Delia Roberts – Selkirk College has done
a lot of research in the silviculture field. Their Fit to Plant page presents
all their research from optimum diets and training exercises to best practices
Alastair Hodges – Alastair’s
research in tree planting looks at energy expended in the field and how it
relates to levels of production. His research has been published in the Silviculture
Magazine and in the Journal of
Occupational Medicine and Toxicology.
Plant fu – Plant fu was
written by a former crew leader with Windfirm. He has experience planting on
multiple continents, many years on the coast, and shares his valuable
experience for first timers getting into the field. We recommend that you give
Plant fu a read if this is your first-time tree planting. Even if you have lots
of experience planting Plant fu can be a valuable resource to hone your skill
as a planter.
at Windfirm we are dedicated to providing meaningful employment. We recognize
that the nature of the business is seasonal, and that most planters are just
out here to do their job and go home with their hard-earned money. However, we
also want to recognize and reward those who show initiative and would like the
opportunity to take on more responsibility. The following is a generalized
outline of what we look for when we have an opening for crew leader to fill.
competence is the field is a big factor; knowing how to do the job the right
way is critical knowledge for any crew leader. We also look for people with
initiative and a hard work ethic. On top of doing their job with skill and integrity,
we look for people who give their crew leader a hand without asking, or help
with extra duties on camp setups and tear downs. A crew leader does a lot of
work behind the scenes after hours to make the planting day run smooth, and
making oneself available to help is the quickest way to get noticed. It shows
you can organize yourself enough to not only do your job, but have the capability
and the drive to take on more responsibility.
next step is driving. Driving is a very important task through the season. Our
drivers are provided with training to help them with the important
responsibility of getting the crew to and from work safely. A crew leader looks
for someone they can count on to do this job and recommend for driver training.
This position requires someone who is reliable and shows they can handle the
crew leaders are picked from our pool of drivers. Crew leaders stand out as
natural leaders, and exhibit all the above qualities to a higher degree. Ideally,
we look for individuals who have shown a high degree of competence in the
field, take lots of initiative, take direction well, take responsibility
seriously, and have the respect of their peers.
Required Equipment for Planters:
Other Suggested Equipment for Planters:
- Planting Bags Silvacool Liners (3)
- Shovel (minimum 8” blade)
- 3.99 m Plot Cord (must have to work)
- Personal Camp Cup (not supplied)
- Sturdy hiking or Caulk Boots
- Fox 40 whistle
- Tree planter gloves
- Rain Gear
- Water Jug (4 litre minimum)
- Day Pack for lunches
- Tent (with groundsheet and full fly)
- Sleeping Bag (rated to -5 Celsius)
*Mark all equipment with your name to avoid ownership confusion.
- Bear Mace
- Bug Spray
- Extra Blanket
- Tupperware for your lunch
- Large zip-lock bags for your toilet paper
- Pocket knife
For more equipment suggestions or a list of suppliers contact your crew leader.