Tree Planting in 2017



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B.C. spends $150M to plant millions of trees, create 3,000 rural jobs

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.

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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.


Businesses: Apply for Summer Jobs Program

Business Applications for Summer Jobs Program Accepted in New Year

The federal government is looking for applications from local businesses for the Canada Summer Jobs program.

The program allows not-for-profit organizations, public sector employees and small businesses, with 50 employees or less, to hire full-time summer workers. The program provides work opportunities for youth, between the ages of 15 to 30 who intend to return to school in the next year, with jobs that focus on the priorities of their local communities.

Priorities for the Kamloops-Thompson-Nicola region include businesses and organizations that focus on special, local events, locations, and sector priorities.

The government is also seeking applications from a number of national priorities including: employers who help welcome Syrian refuges and students, Indigenous people, cultural and creative industries and small businesses.

Applications will be accepted from January 4th until February 26th 2016. Accepted applicants can hire students as early as May 2016.

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Summer job search: it’s not just about the money

By Melany Hallam

Monday, June 01, 2015

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:

  1. 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!)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Get creative when looking for jobs online. Don’t confine yourself to the usual job search sites.
  5. 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:

My First Resume, My First Job.


Your résumé is one of the most important tools you have when looking for a job. This page will help you choose the right type of résumé for your situation. It will also provide you with tips to help you tailor your résumé to the job you’re applying for, and to make sure it stands out in a crowd for all the right reasons.

What is a résumé?

A résumé is a short, point-form document that you give to employers to tell them about your work experience, education, and skills. Before you write your résumé, you may want to complete a skills inventory to know what skills you have to offer an employer.

Types of résumés

Depending on your work experience, the job you’re applying for, or your personal preference, you may want to use a particular type of résumé. Here are three types of résumés to choose from:

A functional résumé focuses on your skills

If you haven’t had a lot of work experience, a functional résumé that focuses on your skills is a good way to market yourself to potential employers.

Instead of focusing on your previous work experience, a skills-focused résumé highlights the transferable skills you gained from previous jobs, activities, experiences, or volunteer work.

It’s most commonly used when you’ve had a large gap in your employment history, or if you have never worked before.

A chronological résumé focuses on your experience

Focusing on your work history is one of the more popular ways to structure a résumé. It shows employers all your work experience, focusing on positions you’ve held and your past responsibilities and accomplishments.

The chronological résumé is organized with your most recent information first. The goal is to give a comprehensive work history, organized by each job you’ve held. You give your position title, place of employment, how long you worked there, and a breakdown of your responsibilities or accomplishments.

This is a great multi-purpose résumé that works for most job applications, including retail.

A hybrid résumé is a combination of the two

A hybrid résumé is also known as a combination résumé. It combines the elements of a functional and chronological résumé to create a résumé that focuses heavily on skills, but also includes dates, titles of previous jobs, along with essential information about the position.

This is a good résumé to use when you want to prioritize your skills but also demonstrate how your career has evolved.

Important information to include in your résumé

There are a variety of different headings you can use in your résumé, depending on what type of résumé you choose to write.

However, regardless of the type of résumé you choose, here are three of the most important things it should include:


Your personal information

The first thing your employer should see when looking at your résumé is your name. Make sure it is clear, stands out, and is easy to read.

Your résumé should include your full address, contact phone numbers, and an e-mail address that incorporates your first and last name.

Things you should not include on your résumé:

  • your height, age, weight
  • a photo of yourself
  • your Social Insurance Number


List your education, starting with the most recent, and work backwards from there. Include the name of the school, the city or town where each school you attended is located (secondary and beyond), and the years you completed.

Be sure to list any certificates or diplomas you received, including those for mini-courses like computer or software courses, first aid, or any other training that might be useful in the job you are applying for.

Skills and experience

Use your résumé to show where you worked, what you learned, and how your skills and experience apply to the job you’re applying for. Highlight abilities, skills, and experience that relate to the job you’re applying for. These can come from paid or unpaid work, volunteer experience, and even hobbies.

If all of your experience is in an unrelated field to the job you’re applying for, focus on the transferable skills you learned that can be applied to the new job you’re applying for.

When listing your work experience, include the location (city, province) and the dates you worked (month, year) for each job or volunteer position. Use action words to describe what you did in the positions you held. Focus on the top-five duties for each job.

Other relevant information

You may also want to include your job goals, the languages you speak, or any relevant achievements or awards. You can also include interests or activities that say something positive about you. Don’t forget, however, that the point of your résumé is to show why you are the right person for the job.

There are no official rules for what headings you should include on your résumé. Just remember to keep it concise, with the most important information at the top.

For example:

  • Let’s say you are applying for a job in software development and, although you have never worked in that field, you have a diploma in software engineering. In this case, be sure to put your education section at the top.
  • If you are applying to work in the food services industry and you have a lot of experience working in restaurants, be sure to list that information before your education details.

Top-10 résumé tips

  1. Think ahead. If you wait until the last minute to hand in your résumé, you could miss the deadline and risk not being considered for the job.
  2. Tailor your résumé. Include information on your résumé associated with the job you are applying for.
  3. Chunk it out. If there is a lot of information, break it into separate sections with specific headings.
  4. Use action words. Focus on things you have accomplished, and avoid starting every sentence with “I”.
  5. Proofread. Never rely on spell check.
  6. Repeat Tip 5. Seriously, even one misspelled word could put you in the “do not consider” pile. Have someone you trust also proof your document!
  7. Make it presentable. Make sure your résumé looks clean and organized. Use white, letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11-inch) and a font that’s easy to read, like Times New Roman or Arial.
  8. Keep it concise. Try to keep your résumé as short as possible—ideally one page, two pages maximum.
  9. Be honest. Lying on your résumé is never a good idea. Many people who lie on their applications end up losing their jobs when their employers find out the truth.
  1. Be professional.Remember, this is a business document, so don’t include unnecessary embellishments like flashy paper or a picture of yourself.

Skills inventory

Before you try to convince an employer that you’re the person they need to hire, you should identify all the skills you have to offer. It’s a lot harder to talk about your strengths if you don’t know what they are in the first place!


Find your transferable skills

Everything you learn and every skill you have is part of your personal tool kit. You carry these “tools” with you as you move through school and into the job market. When you develop a skill or gain experience in one place and put what you’ve learned to use someplace else, you’re using transferable skills.

Look through the following lists and check off every skill that you think you have.

Key skills

I can:

  • meet deadlines
  • supervise others
  • solve problems
  • teach others and give clear instructions
  • manage people
  • organize and manage projects
  • speak in public
  • accept responsibility
  • plan daily work or special events
  • follow instructions
  • generate creative solutions to problems

Hands-on skills

I can:

  • assemble kits
  • build or repair things
  • work well with my hands
  • operate tools or machinery
  • use complex equipment
  • drive or operate vehicles
  • inspect and maintain equipment or vehicles



Data/information skills

I can:

  • make a budget, manage money
  • record facts, classify information by date
  • analyze data, audit and maintain records
  • check information for accuracy
  • pay attention to details
  • investigate and clarify results
  • locate answers, gather information
  • calculate or compute
  • evaluate
  • take inventory
  • keep financial records
  • research and write reports

Leadership skills

I can:

  • arrange meetings or social functions
  • be competitive when necessary
  • make decisions
  • direct the work of others
  • help set goals for my team
  • explain things to others
  • solve problems
  • motivate people
  • settle disagreements
  • plan activities and put them into action
  • take risks when necessary
  • organize and chair a meeting
  • show self-confidence



People skills

I can:

  • help and care for others
  • manage conflicts, resolve issues
  • counsel people
  • be tactful and diplomatic
  • interview people
  • be kind and understanding
  • be a good listener
  • negotiate
  • be outgoing
  • show patience
  • be pleasant and sociable
  • supervise, teach
  • be tough when necessary
  • trust people
  • trust my instincts

Creative/artistic skills

I can:

  • be artistic
  • write short stories or articles
  • draw or create other art
  • express myself through music, poetry, or art
  • design posters, draw cartoons and illustrations
  • perform and act
  • present artistic ideas
  • dance, create body movement
  • use computers to create presentations
  • design and layout Web pages

 Verbal/communication skills

I can:

  • clearly express myself
  • talk easily with others
  • create and talk about new ideas
  • design presentations
  • be inventive
  • conduct research in a library or on the Internet
  • set up my own network of experts or helpers
  • be logical
  • speak in public
  • write clear and concise reports
  • work well with others

Find your hidden skills

You may have some valuable skills that you haven’t thought about including on your résumé. Follow these six steps to identify your hidden skills:

1) List all your previous and current experiences, at work and in other contexts.

When you think about your skills, don’t just consider paid work. You can also draw from extracurricular activities at school, time spent volunteering, and even hobbies.

2) Describe the tasks you completed using action words for each experience.

For example, suppose you worked in a coffee shop. You might describe the tasks you completed like this:

  • I followed recipes, mixed ingredients, set temperatures, baked muffins, and mixed a variety of hot and cold coffee and tea drinks.
  • I worked with complex equipment.
  • I operated a cash register, made change, and balanced the day’s receipts.
  • I worked with others under sometimes busy or stressful situations.

3) Identify the skill(s) required to complete those tasks.

Your list of skills might look something like this:

  • manual skills
  • computer skills
  • financial and number skills
  • teamwork and patience skills

4) List other things you learned to do in that job.

Other things you learned working in the coffee shop include how to:

  • manage your time responsibly and organize your work
  • serve customers in a professional and friendly way
  • display products so people will buy them

5) Identify the skills you gained from the other things you learned.

Your list of skills might look something like this:

  • time management skills
  • customer service and communication skills
  • marketing and promotional skills

6) Build strong sentences by combining the skills you developed with the tasks you completed.

  • I developed marketing and creative skills while designing window displays to attract customers.
  • I developed communication skills while serving customers and working with my co-workers.
  • I developed promotional skills while helping customers decide what to order.
  • I developed financial skills while making change, ordering inventory, and balancing the day’s receipts.

Find your job-related skills

Job-related skills are those that you need for a particular job. An office worker needs computer and keyboarding skills, a mechanic has to understand repairs and how to use tools, and a cashier must be able to make change and use a cash register. When you’re about to apply for a specific job, review your lists of skills and highlight the ones that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for. Once you have these elements, put them together into a résumé that will work for you.

A Primer for Jobs with BC Ferries

Working with BC Ferries


For most applicants, a career with BC Ferries tends to start on a temporary or part-time basis. The majority of work open to the public starts as on call shift personnel who handle everything from customer service aboard a ship, to attendants in terminals. Covering a spectrum of work on both land and sea, BC Ferries is one of the largest employers in British Columbia. Shore-based positions require that applicants be at least 16 years of age, and hold a valid drivers licence.

For oceanic operations however, requirements include being 18 years of age or older, with certain key certificates. To work aboard a ship as a deck hand with BC Ferries (or any maritime company in BC), you are required to carry MED (Marine Emergency Duties) certificate. However, to work aboard BC ferries, all positions fall under the requirements of the Transport Canada Bridge Watchman Certificate which when taken through the Western Maritime Institute contains:

After the candidate has provided Transport Canada with the above prerequisites, the candidate must succeed a written examination conducted by a Transport Canada Examiner to receive the Transport Canada Bridge Watch Rating Certificate of Competency. The entire course is 360 hours long and is designed for Entry level seafarers, however it does require that you already have a valid Seafarer s Medical or signed WMI waiver form as well as be 16 years of age to apply for these certificates.

For more information from the Western Marine Institute you can go to their web page about the Transport Canada Bridge Watchman Certificate, click here.

BC Ferries also offers a number of industrial jobs to those with mechanical training and certificates. For those not interested in working on a ship, but rather in maintenance and repair, B.C. ferries is constantly looking for people who can keep the many ships that they operate up to date, and fully functioning.

These jobs however require considerably more experience 3-5 years of engineer experience for most of them, as well as a valid Transport Canada Motor Certificate which varies depending on the level needed for the job. For information about Transport Canada and where they operate on the west coast, you can find a full list of there offices here.

For information on the other positions that BC Ferries offers and what those jobs require, click here, and for all the current opportunities across BC’s coast, click here.

Agriculture in Powell River Now

Powell River, BC has always been agriculturally inclined. Even the Powell River (Paper Mill) Company modeled the Townsite on the Garden City Movement, that was “grounded in basic respect for the humanity of the individual worker and their family” and followed these 4 rules:

  1. The town was to be entirely preplanned.
  2. Homes for employees and their families were to be constructed by the employer ensuring that each home had “ample room, ample air and a place in the yard for a garden”.
  3. That the entire town was to be surrounded by a green belt of trees or agricultural parkland.
  4. The town should incorporate to the best advantage a mix of industry, commerce, residential, gardens and green spaces (

While the area once supplied itself and neighbouring areas with fresh produce, meat and dairy, the rise in very large scale industrial agriculture on the mainland and Vancouver Island, along with the increased ease in transportation, induced a decline in commercial agriculture in the area since the 1960’s. Powell River still maintained a few farms, and many individual home gardens (especially in areas like Wildwood and Paradise Valley), to supply at least some local produce. More recently, with the increased popularity of Organic and non-GMO (Genetically-Modified Organisms–Powell River became an official GMO-free zone in 2004, the first in BC).

Since then, there has been a lot of interest in augmenting our agricultural profile through various activities like:

  • plans to increase the availability of leased land for agricultural uses especially for lands in the Argicultural Reserve (ALR) (In October 2012, all property owners with 5 acres or more within the City of Powell River or 10 acres plus, in the Regional District were sent a letter, inviting them to consider short or long-term leases, or future sale of their agricultural properties, so as to make farmland more available to people who would like to actively farm but are deterred by the high price of purchasing land.)
  • S.A.L.S.A Society for the Advancement of Local Sustainable Agriculture contact bird483(at)telus(dot)net plans for a Full-Circle Farm that would include a teaching and abattoir component
  • community gardens in Sliammon, at schools, at the Community Resource Centre, and in every neighbourhood
  • a food provisioners’ cooperative, Skookum Food, that also has (for members) a bulk buying club (The Abundant Pantry) and a Fruit/Nut Gleaning project Skookum Gleaners where folks can help pick fruit/nuts and share the produce with the tree owners.
  • a local Food Security Project coordinator and private workshops promoting food growing, composting, and preserving
  •  small-scale food processors like Wild Westcoast Rainforest Products and Mountain Ash Preserves
  • an ongoing Powell River Open Air Market (opens Saturdays 10:30AM/Sunday 12:30PM), and yearly Fall Fair
  • a weekly market in Lund and South of Town at Kelly Creek, as well as an off-season market at the CRC
  • Annual Edible Garden Tours (the next one being on August 3) to peak local interest in ‘growing one’s own’
  • a local brewery in Townsite
  • seasonal wild edibles/medicinal and mushroom-hunting tours, home gardening assistance and services via Routes to Roots Edibles, and a local Permaculture course via The Urban Farmer
  • quite a few new and notable farms like Coast Berry Farm and Wolfson Creek Farm, among others
  • a free annual local publication on Local Food in Powell River called Home Grown
  • a recent government-funded local initiative to promote and brand regionally grown food, called SunCoast Grown
  • and most recently a tannery for locally sourced and environmentally friendly tanning company, Tanned, Wild and Woolly Processing, and a major renovation on Ecossentials, Powell River’s all-Organic market that aims to provide as much local produce as possible also via their weekly vegetable basket delivery in Powell River and on Vancouver Island

egtWe are happy to say that many of these initiatives have close links to Career Link and our parent non-profit The Powell River Employment Program Society (PREP); for example, Career Link helped Tanned, Wild and Woolly to develop their Job Creation Project plan.

If you are interested in pursuing self-employment in agriculture, or in finding local work in food-growing or processing, drop by Career Link and see our staff for more tips and advice, or if you are unemployed or working fewer than 20 hours per week, call us to set up an appointment with one of our Career Counsellors today (call 604.485.7958)

Powell River Agriculture Links


What’s up at VIU Fall 2014

malLogoAs we prepare to run off to summer jobs or holidays, it’s a great time to set down some education and training plans for September!

This week we offer a peek at what is on offer at Vancouver Island University (VIU)’s Powell River Campus. As we are simply compiling and relaying this information, it’s best to check with VIU staff for any specifics and for updates at 604.485.2878 or check their website at

Dual Credit

Some program seats are reserved for qualifying high school students which allows them to obtain their high school graduation while concurrently earning a Vancouver Island University Certificate or Vancouver Island University Credits.

The following programs/courses are available for Dual Credit:
Trades Programs

  • Automotive Service Technician – Foundation Level 1
  • Culinary Arts – Apprenticeship Level 1
  • Carpentry – Foundation Level 1
  • Hairdressing
  • Welding – Foundation

For more information please contact Jim Palm, Career Education Coordinator, Brooks Secondary School at 604-483-3171 or an advisor at Vancouver Island University at 604-485-2878.

Short-Term Certification Options


English Academic Skills Experience (EASE)
Campus and Community English Immersion Program
Sustainable Leisure Management MA Program Preparation View brochure

Funding Opportunities

The following are links for Apprenticeship grants and tax credits

See $1000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grants (AIGs) are available for first two years of Red Seal apprenticeships.

See list of AIG requirements here.

After that, tax credits are available. Tax credits are also available for non-Red-Seal apprenticeship programs.

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