B.C. spends $150M to plant millions of trees, create 3,000 rural jobs
By: The Canadian Press
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 4:22 PM
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia is spending $150 million to plant tens of millions of trees, which it says will help fight climate change and create over 3,000 jobs in rural parts of the province.
Premier Christy Clark says the funding will go to the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (check out their faq‘s) to advance environmental stewardship and focus on reforestation initiatives throughout the province.
She says the new trees are one plank in the province’s plan to fight climate change and over the next 10 years her government will invest $800 million in B.C.’s forests and create 20,000 jobs.
Clark says her government will also seek innovative ideas to help it meet its climate goals, but the most basic solution is Mother Nature’s solution, which is sequestering carbon in forests.
The province’s Climate Action Plan drew criticism from environmentalists last year who said planting trees would not pay off for decades, as forests need to be mature in order to capture significant amounts of carbon.
The Forest Enhancement Society is an arms-length organization created by the B.C. government that supports projects that aim to mitigate wildfires and rehabilitate damaged or low value forests.
Clark says the province is also working to open up new markets for B.C. lumber in China and India, which she says will help insulate the province from events like a softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.
She says currently high value lumber goes to the U.S. and low value lumber goes to Asia, but she wants more valuable wood going to India and China as well as to increase the overall amount shipped to those countries.
Looking for a job planting trees? Work as a cook? A foreman or supervisor? You have come to the right place. These are some of the companies that are hiring and the “Corporate Bios” they have provided.
Work is about to begin in Northeastern B.C. on a massive work camp to house thousands of workers coming to build the Site C hydroelectric dam.
When it is completed, the camp on the northern bank of the Peace River will be a self-contained community, with its own sewage and water systems and facilities that rival nearby Fort St. John.
It is expected to house 1,800 workers when it opens early next year, with the ability to expand to eventually house 2,200 at the height of construction on the $9 billion dam.
At its peak, the camp is expected to bump up the population of the Fort St. John area by more than 10 per cent.
It will be so large it will have its own theatre, outdoor fields, indoor running track, a library and a spiritual centre.
BC Hydro spokesman David Conway said the aim is to attract and keep workers with quality amenities, including guest rooms featuring double beds, en suite bathrooms and wifi.
“The quality of worker accommodation is a key component of the project’s labour approach to attract and retain workers in what is expected to be a period of high demand for skilled workers,” he said.
ATCO subsidiary Two Rivers Lodging Group won the contract to build the work camp. But before construction of the camp begins, the contractor has to build its own smaller camp to house the workers who will build the larger camp.
When it is completed the Site C Dam will flood a valley 83 kilometres long, between Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John.
It has been opposed by some environmentalists, farmers and First Nations.
The vast majority of hiring for the project will be done by the companies awarded contracts to build
Site C. Please apply directly to those companies awarded contracts to build the project, as BC Hydro will not be accepting resumes on behalf of companies on the project. However, BC Hydro will facilitate the hiring process by listing the successful companies and their contact information on this page of the website.
Clearing the south bank of the dam site includes the removal of trees and vegetation, constructing temporary access roads, upgrading and maintaining an existing road and other site preparation activities.
With Seafair happening in town (July 24-26, 2015), we at Career Link figured we could review Sea-Based Careers for you. This is not an extensive list, but it is meant as a start. Drop by Career Link or call to set up an appointment with a Career Counsellor to determine the best course of action for you (call us at 604.485.7958 or visit #103, 4511 Marine Avenue, Powell River BC).
As in many other industries, maritime career paths are often highly varied according to one’s unique circumstances. However, some general guidelines can help you know what to expect and plan accordingly.
More than any other kind of employment, summer jobs are most often found through people you know. Think of it from the employer’s point of view for a minute. Why go through advertising a position, wading through resumes and interviewing applicants to find a person who is only going to be with your company for a few months? I sure wouldn’t want to do it.
As a university student, I found work through my dad. For three summers I worked in the smelter and the refinery at a nickel mine in northern Manitoba and made great money. I never had a student loan and I never had to resort to ramen noodles five times a week like some of my friends.
But you know what? I made a big mistake. When it came time to apply for real jobs after graduation, I found that working as a labourer in a mine wasn’t something I could put on my resume when looking for work as a journalist. Yes, I had the education but work experience, contacts, and a portfolio is what really gets you hired in that industry.
So how does this help your summer job search right now in Powell River? If all you do is keep your eyes and ears open for any kind of job related to your interests or your field of study, it may pay off big for you down the road. Why not give it a shot?
Here are five things you can do to find something that may help you with your long-term plans:
Talk to everyone you know. And then ask them to talk to everyone they know. Otherwise known as networking, it really can get you where you want to go. Here’s an inspiring story from a young job seeker who found his dream job by going for coffee with 110 people (not all at the same time!)
Quality not quantity. Sometimes it’s better to spend a lot of time on just a few applications to jobs that you really want. Stand out from the crowd by making sure you address your application to the right person, include keywords mentioned in the job description and tailor your resume to the job requirements. Career Link has many more resume and cover letter tips in our free workshops; see the schedule here.
Clean up your image. Like any job search, seasonal or full-time, employers will look you up online. If there’s anything embarrassing or damaging out there, it’s better if you find it first and clean it up. You could start by looking yourself up here.
Get creative when looking for jobs online. Don’t confine yourself to the usual job search sites.
If there’s a company you’d like to work for, try following its Twitter feed. Jobs might come up here first, especially short-term ones. Take a look at @ScotiabankJobs or @RogersCareers, for example. Here’s some advice on how to find last-minute summer jobs on Twitter.
Try looking outside Powell River. There are also lots of traditional summer jobs in BC, such as fruit picking in theOkanagan, tree planting in Northern BC, and working as adeckhand in the fishing industry. If nothing else, some of these jobs might give you a better idea of what you don’t want to do as a career! Here are some websites to try: