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General News · 11th January 2014
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet
Cortes Job Opportunity - Community-Based Planning Coordinator
Organization: Cortes Forestry General Partnership
Job Term: January 27, 2014 through May 15, 2014
Wage: $20/hr for an average of 10 - 12 hrs per week
Background and Purpose:
In September 2013 the BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations
issued a Community Forest Agreement (CFA) for approximately 3,869 hectares of crown
land on Cortes Island to the Cortes Forestry General Partnership (CFGP).

As the next step in the process of becoming operational, the CFGP has committed to
develop a community-based planning document to help identify the communityʼs
management values and priorities on the CFA land base. Called the Community Forest
Operating Plan (CFOP), this document will become an integral component of the terms
of reference for hiring a forester and other staff, in addition to providing a road map for
the management of the CFA, ongoing public input and periodic review of policies.

The process for developing the CFOP is slated to begin in late-January and is expected
to last up to 14 weeks. More specifically, the plan is to host a series of general
community meetings, as well as up to four smaller working groups focused on specific
topics such as sustainability, mapping, and public use. This process is intended to
provide a rich and constructive forum for the entire Cortes Community to express itʼs
values and ideas regarding the CFA.

The CFGP is wishing to hire a person as a Planning Coordinator for the above
mentioned time period to assist with the development of the CFOP. The successful
applicant, working with the board of the CFGP, will be generally responsible for capturing
community input and translating it into the draft CFOP document for CFGP Board

Responsibilities and Activities:
The successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:
• Attending community meetings and working group sessions
• Note-­‐taking and compilation
• Reporting, correspondence with CFGP board
• Occasional facilitation, keeping a speaker’s
• Qualitative analysis of data collected
• Drafting and successive edits of the CFOP

Successful Applicant's skills and abilities:
• Demonstrated communication and
stakeholder engagement skills
• An ability to hear multiple and often
conflicting viewpoints, and summarize
these clearly and in a neutral format that is
usable by the CFGP board and staff.
• An ability to manage time, resources, and
respond to change in order to ensure that activities are completed within specific time frames, and with a high level of quality.
• Basic computer skills including Microsoft
Word, Excel, and Power Point.
• Strong writing and communication skills

Application Format:
Please submit your application in portable
document format (pdf) form comprising one
(1) page each for a resume describing relevant
work experience, and cover letter describing
your interest in this project and how your skills will help to make the Cortes CFA a highly
successful community project.

Please submit applications via email to
Mark Lombard at,
no later than January 21, 2014.

We thank you for your interest.