BC Timber Sales careers

BCTS supports the market pricing system by planning, developing and auctioning off a portion of B.C.’s annual timber volume. At BCTS, people are the foundation of everything we do. BCTS employees work in an environment where finding new solutions to complex problems, continuous learning and growth are encouraged and supported.

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Why work for BCTS?

We believe motivated and proud employees are essential to being a high-performing program and having a healthy workplace culture. Learn more about how you can grow a career with BC Timber Sales here (PDF, 6.6MB)

BCTS spends approximately $40 million each year on silviculture activities. Each year we:

  • Plant over 40 million seedlings
  • Site prepare over 5,000 hectares for planting
  • Brush or juvenile space over 6,000 hectares
  • Declare over 30,000 hectares free growing

BCTS strongly supports a culture of safety across the B.C. forest sector and is committed to the safety of all people affected by its operations. We are a member of the BC Forest Safety Council and are SAFE Company certified.


Learning and career development

At BCTS we strive for a workplace where employees contribute to the improved performance of the program, are supported by innovative technology, and have learning and development opportunities that help them achieve their career goals. We support developmental training and provide employees with resources including monetary assistance with their career development. Opportunities to further employee’s knowledge and training are offered through the BC Public Service Agency’s Learning Centre and Pacific Leaders –a scholarship and loan forgiveness program.

BCTS is focused on ensuring employees have a work-life balance that enables them to enjoy all that B.C. has to offer. Our 35-hour work week means employees are home at the end of each day: they don’t spend weeks at a time in remote camps, they work a consistent schedule all year round, they have weekends off and time outside of work to pursue their interests and spend time with family and friends.

BCTS offers more than an exciting career opportunity.

Benefits include:

  • A competitive medical/dental benefits package
  • A government pension
  • Three weeks of vacation to start
  • Annual salary increments

Some employees may be eligible for the BC Student Loan Forgiveness program and a moving allowance. For more information about benefits, please visit What We Offer.

BCTS employs 600 staff in 12 business areas and maintains an operational presence in 32 communities in B.C.

  • Babine Timber Sales Office - Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers
  • Cariboo-Chilcotin Timber Sales Office - Williams Lake, Quesnel
  • Chinook Timber Sales Office - Chilliwack, Queen Charlotte City, Squamish
  • Kamloops Timber Sales Office - Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Clearwater, Merritt
  • Kootenay Timber Sales Office - Nelson, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Grand Forks, Nakusp
  • Okanagan-Columbia Timber Sales Office - Vernon, Revelstoke
  • Peace-Liard Timber Sales Office - Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John
  • Prince George Timber Sales Office - Prince George, Mackenzie
  • Seaward/tlasta Timber Sales Office - Port McNeill
  • Skeena Timber Sales Office - Terrace, Hazelton
  • Strait of Georgia Timber Sales Office - Campbell River, Port Alberni, Powell River
  • Stuart-Nechako Timber Sales Office - Vanderhoof, Fort St. James

“Working for BCTS provides the work/life balance that my family and I greatly benefit from.” -Lisa

“BCTS actually demonstrates that they care about people in meaningful ways – it’s not just talk. There are loads of opportunities to grow and develop—I have an actual training plan, a dedicated budget for training, a performance tool, and managers and supervisors that recognize training opportunities that are suited to staff goals.” -Alaine

“I appreciate the flexibility, support and training I have received since joining BCTS. Personally and professionally, I have grown and developed in my role. In addition to my regularly scheduled workload, I am given latitude to explore my passions and interests under a greater resource management lens.” -Sheri

“BCTS is by far the best employer I have ever worked for. The management is encouraging and approachable, the work is interesting and diverse, their approach to training is phenomenal and the benefits are fantastic.” - Jesse


Career options

Working with BCTS provides employees with the opportunity to positively impact B.C.’s economy, forests, communities and residents.

Entry level careers

The BCTS Forest Technologist Entry Level Program is a two year position in Mackenzie that provides new employees with the training, coaching and work experience they need to become registered forest technologists or foresters-in-training.

BCTS summer student positions provide aspiring foresters, forest technologists and GIS technicians with the opportunity to try out different forestry and GIS jobs, gain experience practicing a variety of work, spend time in the great outdoors, and gain valuable and job-specific training. 

BCTS offers forestry and GIS summer student positions. Forestry positions provide exposure to office and field components of timber sale development along with engineering, road construction, data systems and silviculture. GIS positions focus on data management, topology, operational planning and map creation.

Check back this fall for the application form and locations.

BCTS is a partner in the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program, which matches students with sponsoring companies and provides individually structured training. The result is both employment with the company and recognized or accredited education for the students.

Our STO18 Forest Technologist Inventory allows successful candidates to bid on vacant forest technologist positions as they become available throughout the province.


BCTS career paths

BCTS has a variety of career paths, including professional, technical, GIS, business administration and supervisory/management. In addition to these career paths, BCTS has careers in seedling services, safety, environmental certifications, business improvement, tenure operations and sustainability.

Planning Officer

The Planning Officer is responsible for all the strategic and integrated planning processes required for a Business Area. The position synthesizes information from a wide variety of stakeholders to develop the Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for the Business Area as well as leads or participates with various ministries and inter-agencies to develop higher level and local plans. 

Planning Forester

The Planning Forester produces and analyzes a wide range of data to develop integrated resource and operational plans, primarily the Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) and operating plans. The Planning Forester works with government staff, industry, First Nations and representatives of public resource user groups to develop strategic and tactical plans to meet the BCTS mandate.

Practices Forester

The Practices Forester is accountable for performing a wide variety of professional services to support the development and operational stages of pre and post Timber Sales Licence (TSL) awards, active harvesting and silviculture operations. The practices forester provides professional advice to technologists and contractors.

Operations technologist

The Operations Technologist is responsible for developing operating standards, implementing new forest management practices, coordinating technical activities, monitoring adherence to legislative and environmental standards, and providing technical expertise to staff on Timber Sales Licence (TSL) development, operations, silviculture and forest health (FH) activities.

Engineering Specialist

The Engineering Specialist manages all aspects of the engineering program within a BCTS Business Area. This includes bridge, survey, resource roads and road design. The position also manages budgets, contracts, staff, stakeholder consultation, certification and public safety.

Engineering Technologist

The Engineering Technologist is responsible for coordinating, implementing and monitoring engineering activities for a specific field area. The position provides engineering expertise and advice to operational staff and works closely with the Engineering Specialist to ensure environmental, construction and legislative requirements are met.

Forest Technologist

The Forest Technologist is part of a multidisciplinary field team of technologists and professionals and performs a wide variety of technical and operational duties to support the planning, engineering, layout, auction, harvest and reforestation activities over a large geographic area.

GIS technician

The GIS technician creates digital, graphic and descriptive products to support resource planning through the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and relational database management systems.

GIS analyst

The GIS analyst manages and conducts advanced spatial data analysis for use in BCTS resource planning and decision making.


Business administration and support

Business Administrator

The business administrator provides specialized technical and administrative services for the timber sales office to support competitive auctions of Crown timber. The business administrator prepares a wide variety of contracts and tenures, provides financial administration and maintains a variety of systems and services integral to meeting the operational goals and objectives of the timber sales office.

Business analyst

The business analyst is an accounting specialist responsible for providing financial advice and analysis to support accounting decisions. The business analyst works with business, planning and operational staff to coordinate the business planning processes and the associated budget of approximately $10 million.


Management and supervisory

Timber Sales Manager

The Timber Sales Manager is responsible for ensuring the goals and business targets are achieved for one of twelve regional Business Areas. The TSM is responsible for providing leadership in marketing of timber to the private sector, optimizing net return to the Crown and for developing credible data to support the Market Pricing System.

Woodlands Manager

The Woodlands Manager is responsible for directing and operating a Business Area. The Woodlands Manager identifies the necessary resources for the achievement of operational objectives, and issues and administers Timber Sale Licences as well as managing and monitoring operations until seedlings are free growing.

Business Manager

The Business Manager provides leadership and management of financial, human and corporate services for the Business Area. The Business Manager oversees the delivery of a diverse range of financial management, human and physical resources and administrative services while ensuring the appropriate resources, policy practices and controls are in place.

Woodlands Supervisor

The woodland supervisor is responsible for employing sound business and forest management practices in the planning, developing and management of the BCTS operating areas within an assigned geographic location, in order to meet revenue and volume targets through the auction of Timber Sale Licences (TSLs). The woodlands supervisor engages various professionals such as engineers and foresters in order to attain appropriate advice and professional direction for their scope of practice.