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Engineering Manager - Whangarei

Job Description:

  • Deliver a sustainable Total Productive Maintenance program
  • Encourage, support and increase effective communication channels across site
  • Optimise focus around safety, quality, efficiency and cost
Our Whangarei team have achieved some substantial production and engineering improvements in the past 12 months and are highly focused on taking the site to the next level. This is an opportunity for our next Engineering Manager to actively participate and be a part of daily safety, quality, efficiency and cost discussions, ensuring your people communicate willingly and effectively with their customers across production and to resolve issues and achieve proactive solutions.

Exposure to or ideally leading the implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) or similar methodologies will be advantageous. Working examples of results you’ve achieved focused on equipment uptime and addressing the causes for deterioration while creating the correct environment between operators and equipment to create ownership will be expected.

Major activities you’ll be accountable for will include optimising plant availability and efficiency to meet health and safety; production objectives; project management; to run a cost effective site operation; developing and executing business plans; leading and coaching people (a team of 20), and achieving Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts ‘House of Excellence’ continuous improvement program relating to safety, quality, efficiency and cost (SQEC).

Phone Melanie Pantelides +64 027 585 3995 or visit our website

For more info
Contact: Melanie Pantelides
Phone: +64 027 585 3995
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Maintenance Planner
Company/Location: AKD Softwoods

Job Description:
AKD Softwoods is a successful and integrated forestry products company, growing and manufacturing quality timber products. Employing over 400+ people, AKD Softwoods is recognised for being a progressive company, employing the latest technologies.

AKD Softwoods is seeking a Maintenance Planner to join our maintenance team, the main objective of the role is to assist in managing AKD Softwoods maintenance program. Focusing on preventative maintenance, therefore driving production efficiency.

The Maintenance Planner contributes to the growth and profitability of the company through effective planning of maintenance activities, allocation of trades persons/contract resources and coordination of engineering projects.

Key duties & responsibilities will include:

  • Co-ordinate maintenance activities and provide support to the Area Supervisors in facilitating the effective and efficient maintenance across the organisation.
  • Design, coordinate and allocate monthly, weekly and daily maintenance plans.
  • Provide technical and professional support to facilitate accurate maintenance data and outcomes.
  • Control asset registers and determine appropriate maintenance plans.
  • Determine and organise machinery and parts required for individual jobs.
  • Liaise with Purchasing and Stores to ensure adequate and timely supply of tools and parts.
  • Lead Health and Safety improvement initiatives
Experience & requirements:
  • Absolute commitment to Health & Safety
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Mechanical/Electrical engineering qualifications preferred
  • Strong commitment and desire to learn and achieve
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
This is a permanent full-time position with a promising future. If you have commitment, energy and are motivated to make a difference, please email or post your resume and cover letter using reference code ‘MP1017’ to:
Human Resources
AKD Softwoods
7-15 Forest Street
Colac, Vic 3250

Applications Close Sunday 29th October 2017

Note: Pre-employment drug and alcohol, along with functional capacity testing, will be required.

For more info
Contact: Human Resources
Phone: +61 (0)3 5231 9100
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Forest Management

Tactical Planner

Company/Location: Eden

Job Description:

  • Do you want to work with a dynamic team with great opportunities for professional development?
  • Would you like the great outdoors to be your office?
  • Do you value working for an environmentally responsible employer that manages one of our most sustainable natural resources?
This is a temporary position (up to 2 years) located in Eden. The Tactical Planner is responsible for producing accurate and timely tactical plans that align with strategic and sales and logistics plans to maximise the commercial value of the forest estate and support the corporation in meeting contractual supply obligations. The position plays a key role by linking strategic to operational plans and as such contributes directly to optimising performance.

PDF description: Tactical Planner - Eden1.pdf

For more info
Contact: Shane Clohesy
Phone: +61 02 4475 1411

Applications close: Monday, 30-Oct-2017

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Forest Supervisor

Company/Location: Mangatu Blocks Incorporation, Gisborne

Job Description:
Mangatu Blocks Incorporation manages ancestral lands in the Gisborne Region and have established interests in Forestry, Agribusiness, Meat Processing, and Viticulture. Mangatu Blocks Incorporation has over 5,000 hectares of Plantation Forests and 15,000 hectares of Indigenous Forests.

All forests are within easy daily commute distance from the office base located in Gisborne city.

An opportunity has arisen to assist with managing and growing the Forest business and sustainable land use activities into the future. This is a newly created position, and offers an excellent opportunity for career growth and exposure to a variety of interesting work in land management.

Reporting to the Land and Forest Resource Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating forest establishment, silviculture, forest maintenance and protection operations. A key responsibility will be ensuring health, safety, environmental and quality standards are met within our Forestry contractor workforce.

Applicants should have;

  • A sound practical background of forest operations or other land based industries;
  • Good physical fitness;
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills;
  • A can-do attitude with a strong willingness to learn;
  • A tertiary qualification in forestry or related, land based management is preferred but not essential.
If you already have the skills we are seeking, or are highly motivated to grow into this position with training then please call today.

You must be eligible to work in New Zealand and hold a full clean drivers licence.

For more info please visit our website or contact Debbie Viljoen contact details below.

For more info
Contact: Debbie Viljoen, HR Manager
Phone: +64 (06) 869 0952
mobile: +64 (027) 512 0793
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Forest Resource Planning Analyst

Company/Location: Sustainable Timber Tasmania, (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)

Job Description:
Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) is seeking a motivated person with knowledge of natural resource management to undertake forest resource analysis.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania is a Government Business Enterprise with responsibilities for managing approximately 820,000 hectares of Tasmanian public production forest. STT undertakes forestry operations on this land and sells the forest products. STT’s purpose is to be a customer-focused and financially viable forest products and services provider, sustainably managing Permanent Timber Production Zone land for multiple-use as a community asset.

The primary role of the Forest Resource Planning Analyst is to administer and develop resource planning systems and to undertake forest resource analysis tasks to provide broad ranging technical advice from forest resource data.

Position Accountabilities:

  • Act as data administrator of the Coupe Planning Database.
  • Interpret and analyse forest resource data and provide advice to clients, with particular emphasis on the Forest Products Division and General Management Team.
  • Provide technical liaison within the organisation on the application of forest resource analysis and planning systems.
  • Participate in task forces and undertake special projects as required.
  • Be effective in critique of data and techniques in forest resource analysis and planning systems.
To be considered for this position you will have tertiary qualifications in science with a natural resource management focus (or equivalent). While preference will be given to applicants with experience in GIS and/or spatial data management, applicants with an interest in this field are also encouraged to apply. Experience with, or a willingness to learn about forest estate modelling software will be highly regarded.

How to Apply:
Your application should contain a covering letter, your CV/resume and the names and contact details of previous supervisors and academic and/or professional referees. It should provide enough information relevant to the Position Accountabilities outlined in the Position Description and describe your qualifications, skills, abilities and experience to enable the assessment panel to determine your suitability. Please email your application in a single document to by 8am (EDST) Monday 30 October 2017.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or hold the right to live and work in Australia.

PDF description: PD - Forest Resource Planning Analyst P10360 - October 2017.pdf

For more info
Contact: Mike McLarin
Phone: +61 (0)3 6169 2828

Applications close: Monday, 30-Oct-2017

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Senior Forest Officer -Land Management – Northern Tasmania

Job Description:
Searson Buck are proud to partner with Sustainable Timber Tasmania to source a suitably experienced person to fill the vacancy of Senior Forest Officer – Land Management.

In this role, no two days are the same. We are seeking a candidate that can use their outstanding relationship building and effective communication skills to collaborate with our team and our customers. A background in forestry is desirable but not essential.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Facilitate in the establishment and responsible for on the ground management of new leases, licences and other property agreements with external stakeholders for a variety of different uses from apiary licence to telecommunication towers that are located on Permanent Timber Production Zoned Land (PTPZL) across the north of Tasmania.
  • Prepare assessments and permits as required using a variety of internal systems for external stakeholder seeking to use PTPZL.
  • Assist with general stakeholder engagement with government, community groups, businesses and the general public.
Our ideal candidate will have a passion for the outdoors and the ability to participate in firefighting duties in peak season. The successful applicant must have the ability to develop a strong understanding of Forest Practice Code, Forest Activity Assessments, licensing and permits across the forestry sector.

This person will have excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills coupled with the ability to show initiative and demonstrate strong administration and time management skills.

The land management position requires a person that possesses a high level of attention to detail, a commitment to safe work practices and is excited to work in a progressive company that places a great importance on values and culture.

For a confidential discussion please contact Jessica Jones on +61 0438 078 292.

Applications close 25th October 2017.

For more info
Contact: Jessica Jones
mobile: +61 0438 078 292
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Company/Location: HQPlantations Pty Ltd - Atherton Tablelands

Job Description:
HQPlantations sustainably manages 340,000 hectares of forest throughout the state of Queensland including softwood and hardwood plantations. These plantations produce up to of 2.5 million cubic metres of logs annually that support both domestic and export industries.

HQPlantations is committed to providing a safe and rewarding work environment within which our staff are encouraged to take responsibility and exercise leadership.

We are currently seeking an experienced Forester to be based in our North Queensland office.

Reporting to the District Manager – North Queensland, you will be responsible for delivering frontline planning and coordination of operational activities (e.g. silviculture, harvesting, stewardship and roading) for the work area whilst supporting the achievement of HQPlantations strategic goals and ensuring commercial, safety and stewardship requirements are met.

The position description for these roles can also be found under the ‘Our business’ tab on our website

Applicants are asked to submit a copy of their current resumé to

PDF description: Position Description__Forester_12001.pdf

For more info
Contact: Human Resources
Phone: +61 (0)7 3882 8271

Applications close: Monday, 30-Oct-2017

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Company/Location: PF Olsen (Aus) Pty Ltd., Tumut, New South Wales

Job Description:
PF Olsen Australia is a leading independent forest management services provider, managing forests for clients throughout Australia. We are seeking a suitably experienced person to assist with the management of our plantation operations in southern New South Wales.

To succeed at PF Olsen, you need to be:

  • Highly motivated, and a self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • Intelligent and admin savvy, but also happy to get your hands dirty
  • Prepared to assert your views, but also demonstrate respect for your team mates
  • Focused on relationships as well as understanding and delivering against customer expectations
  • Have your head well above the pack in terms of both your management and technical forestry skills
We are seeking candidates preferably with experience in plantation management and / or harvesting who are looking to be a part of a hard-working and motivated team. Candidates with applicable agricultural experience who are keen to become involved in the plantation industry are also encouraged to apply. We offer a supportive, family friendly working environment and competitive remuneration and conditions.

The position will be based in our Tumut office.

If you think this opportunity might be for you then please email for an information pack. For further information regarding the position contact Ray Krippner on +61 0448 476 208.

For more information about PF Olsen Australia visit

Applications close Friday 27th October 2017.

For more info
Contact: Ray Krippner
mobile: +61 0448476208

Applications close: Friday, 27-Oct-2017

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Forestry Harvesting

Supervisor Harvest Engineering & Production
Company/Location: Juken New Zealand Ltd

Job Description:
Matawhero, Full Time,
Please Quote Reference Number 65514

  • Experienced Harvest Planner
  • Forestry tertiary qualification ideal
  • Join Juken's East Coast Forests
Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) is a New Zealand registered company, operating in the forestry and wood-processing industries in New Zealand for the past 20 years. JNL owns four wood processing plants in the North Island, and forests in the Wairarapa and East Coast regions.

Joining our team as a Supervisor Harvest Engineering & Production, you will be responsible for the Supervision and implementation of JNL's harvest engineering and harvesting strategies and plans, in the East Coast District

Ideally you will have the following:
  • Harvest planning experience
  • Be computer literate, including GIS applications
  • Strong interpersonal/people management skills
  • Detailed knowledge of forest harvesting and roading operations essential
  • Ability to interact with people at all levels
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Good level of personal fitness
JNL is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment. You will be required to pass a pre-employment drug or alcohol assessment.

If you have the skills and experience to bring to this role, please apply now through the following link

Juken New Zealand Ltd - East Coast Forests

For more info
Contact: Please apply
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Supervisor Production & Wood Flow
Company/Location: Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL)

Job Description:
Gisborne, Full Time,
Please Quote Reference Number 65663

  • Detailed knowledge of forest harvesting operations
  • Forestry tertiary qualification ideal
  • Join Juken's East Coast Forests
Juken New Zealand Ltd (JNL) is a New Zealand registered company, operating in the forestry and wood-processing industries in New Zealand for the past 20 years. JNL owns four wood processing plants in the North Island, and forests in the Wairarapa and East Coast regions.

Join our team as Supervisor Production and Wood Flow. You'll be responsible for the planning and implementation of Log sales to several customers , Harvesting supervision and Harvesting contract price negotiation in the East Coast District.

Ideally you will have the following:
  • Tertiary level forestry qualification and/or demonstrated experience and proven performance in a similar role
  • Sound judgement in decision making
  • Strong interpersonal/people management skills
  • Detailed knowledge of forest harvesting operations
  • Be computer literate, including GIS applications
  • Safety focused
    Strong negotiating, analytical, problem solving skills and experience
  • Excellent communication skills
JNL is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment. You will be required to pass a pre-employment drug or alcohol assessment.

If you have the skills and experience to bring to this role, please apply now through the following link

Juken New Zealand Ltd - East Coast Forests

For more info
Contact: Please apply
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Forestry Supervisor

Company/Location: PF Olsen, Timaru

Job Description:
Due to company expansion, PF Olsen is seeking a Forestry Supervisor to join our small but busy Timaru office.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Supervising harvesting contractors
  • Supervising the establishment, tending and maintenance operations in clients’ forests.
  • Supervising contractor silviculture crews to meet customer demands.
  • Monitoring compliance with health and safety and environmental requirements
To be successful you will have:
  • A tertiary qualification in Forestry or equivalent forestry experience would be preferred, however recent forestry graduates will also be considered.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and computer skills.
In exchange we offer:
  • A supportive, family-friendly working environment.
  • Generous staff benefits
  • A commitment to a safe work environment.
PF Olsen is a drug-free work place and applicants must agree to pre-employment and random drug testing.

For a job description or to apply for this position, please email your CV and cover letter before 2nd November to

For more info
Contact: Rachel Baucke

Applications close: Thursday, 2-Nov-2017

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Harvest Manager

Company/Location: PF Olsen, Gisborne

Job Description:
Our business is prospering and company growth has seen staff numbers increase in recent years as we continue to meet strengthening customer demand. PF Olsen Ltd has over 46 years’ forestry services experience with offices throughout New Zealand and Australia. We are customer focused and our key purpose is to maximize value for forest owners through all aspects of forest management, from planting through to harvesting and marketing, while managing commercial and statutory risks. It is important to us that we remain leaders in the field when it comes to our work processes and health & safety and environmental systems, and we are currently seeking to add an experienced and motivated Harvest Manager to join our busy Gisborne team.

Duties will include:

  • Best practice management of health, safety and the environment
  • Managing harvesting crews to a high level of performance
  • Road engineering and harvest planning
  • Client management and reporting
To be successful you will already have:
  • A tertiary qualification in Forestry
  • Proven track-record, with 5 or more years’ experience in Harvest Management
  • Harvest planning and roading experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills
  • Good communication and written skills
In return, we offer the successful candidate:
  • Career progression
  • Training opportunities
  • Attractive employee benefits package
PF Olsen is a drug-free work place and applicants must agree to pre-employment and random drug testing.

For more information please contact Warren Rance on +64 021 811 377

For a job description or to apply for this position, please email your CV and cover letter before November 2nd to

Applicants must already be eligible to work in New Zealand

For more info
Contact: Rachel Baucke

Applications close: Thursday, 9-Nov-2017

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Harvesting Manager

Company/Location: Invercargill

Job Description:
Southwood Export Ltd is based in Invercargill and its operations involve Eucalyptus afforestation and Harvesting in Southland and South Otago. It owns/manages 12,500 Hectares of Eucalyptus Plantations for the production of hardwood fibre which is exported as wood chips through Bluff Port.

Current annual harvest level is 320,000 Tonnes per annum harvested from forests generally within a 110 km distance from its mill at Awarua, approximately 10 km from Invercargill.

The position involves the planning, management and supervision of the companies harvesting operations.

We are looking for a person who will:

  • Have enthusiasm, self-motivation and good work ethics.
  • Has good health and be physically active.
  • Proven experience in harvest planning and management.
  • A good knowledge and understanding of both ground based and cable harvesting operations.
  • Proven work experience in actual harvesting operations will be an advantage.
  • Must have good interpersonal/people management and communication skills.
  • Be computer literate including GIS applications (with a willingness to learn further skills as required)
  • Strong focus and commitment on Health and Safety and operating an alcohol and drug free workplace is mandatory.
To make application or for further information contact:
Graeme Manley
P O Box 7010
Invercargill 9844

For more info
Contact: Graeme Manley
Phone: +64 (0)3 218 2073

Applications close: Tuesday, 31-Oct-2017

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Harvest & Road Engineering Supervisor
Company/Location: FMNZ- Napier

Job Description:
Forest Management (NZ) Limited (FMNZ) manage 27,000 hectares of forest estate located predominantly in the Hawkes Bay and Gisborne areas. As a company, FMNZ values integrity, innovation and are committed to delivering services that exceed expectations.

We are currently seeking a Harvest & Road Engineering Supervisor to join our team. Reporting to the Harvest Manager, the role involves liaising with contractors to ensure operational requirements are met. In addition, depending upon the applicant’s ability, there may be some harvest planning requirements.

The successful applicant would preferably have harvest or road engineering experience and ideally have a relevant tertiary qualification in forestry.

Practical experience in harvesting or road construction / maintenance is an ideal skill-set but on-job training will be provided.

Job Specification:

  • Promotion and compliance with health & safety standards
  • Coordinate and monitor harvesting operations
  • Plan and monitor harvest roading infrastructure
  • Assistance with preparation of annual budgets, forecasts and reporting
  • Monitor contractor performance and progress
  • Maintain effective communication with contractors and stakeholders
  • Environmental and log quality auditing
Person Specification:
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines
  • High levels of honesty and integrity
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Competency in Microsoft Office and standard industry software
  • Physically fit and a keen to desire for work in the outdoors
  • Full manual driver’s license
  • Industry experience in harvest and/or roading
The position will be based at our Napier office with some travel outside the area.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Please send your CV and cover letter to or contact +64 (0)6 843 3770 for more information.

Applications close on Friday 3rd November 2017.

For more info
Contact: Napier Office
Phone: +64 (0)6 843 3770
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Wood Processing/Manufacturing

Production Manager - Nelson

Job Description:

  • Senior leadership opportunity in our Dry Mill and Kiln operation
  • Lead a high performance culture & build people capabilities
  • Optimise plant operations & strive for continuous improvement
Excellent career and lifestyle opportunities are combined in this production leadership position based at our Eves Valley site.

With a history of success and a proven track record manufacturing high quality wood products, our Nelson team are striving to further increase operational performance. To support us in this progression we're looking for a talented manufacturing professional to join our site leadership team and be part of the on-going success.

As an experienced production leader, you'll manage a double shifted Dry Mill manufacturing operation running over five days and a Kiln operation running 24/7. Play a critical role in leading one of the production areas to deliver on performance goals and be influential in continuous process improvement. Most importantly, you'll be able to demonstrate your previous success around increasing productivity levels and unit cost reduction within manufacturing sites.

We will be impressed with your previous career achievements in developing people, driving accountability and optimum results through a coaching and proactive style. You'll have a genuine passion for rolling your sleeves up and working alongside your team and ensuring they have the necessary tools and support in place to be successful while working to the highest standards of health and safety.

Although industry experience is advantageous, it's not essential and we're open to talking to candidates with solid production management experience across a variety of processing sites, with the motivation and intelligence to cross transfer your skill set.

In return for your experience, you'll be rewarded with a market competitive base salary, a comprehensive benefits package including medical care plan, personal insurances and a generous superannuation scheme with CHH contributions. For more information on working for us please go to our careers website

If you're keen to enhance your production career with us, and tap into more affordable living and lifestyle opportunities in Nelson, please apply online.

For more info
Contact: Apply online
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Industrial Shift Electrician – Tokoroa

Job Description:

  • Ready for new industry experience and challenges?
  • We offer great access to training and development
  • Join an industry in growth mode and build your career with us
We are seeking a self-motivated individual with excellent time management ability, quality focused with an Electrical background.

Are you a quality focussed individual with an industrial electrical experience in heavy industrial manufacturing? This could be a great opportunity for you!

If you've worked within a preventative maintenance and maintenance best practice environment, then this is your chance to join our team offering options of a 4 on 4 off shift pattern or day shift. You'll hold a current NZ electrical practising licence and be proficient in analytical troubleshooting and continuous improvement philosophies.

Due to the high level of automation throughout our plant in Tokoroa, your PLC experience is preferred although training will be provided.

To be successful in this position, you'll have the following:
  • Ability to deliver results on time to meet customer expectations
  • Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality focus
  • Be a team player who sets high standards
  • Good numeracy, communication and problem solving skills
  • A high level of accuracy and product quality as per specifications
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Continuous improvement initiatives and analytical troubleshooting
  • Flexibility to cover shift and or call outs
If you enjoy working in a busy and challenging environment, and have the skills and experience to hit the ground running, we'd like to hear from you. You'll be rewarded with a competitive hourly rate and benefits package including medical care plan, personal insurances and a generous superannuation scheme.

Please apply online to join our team in Tokoroa. For information on working with us please go to our careers website

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Contact: Link to apply:
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