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General News · 20th August 2014
Kristen Scholfield-Sweet
Cortes Forestry General Partnership

TERMS OF REFERENCE: Position of Manager for CFGP Community Forest Tenure

In August 2013 the Minister 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).

The CFGP is an equal partnership between the Klahoose Forestry No. 2 Limited Partnership,
and the Cortes Community Forest Cooperative. These two entities are in turn directly
responsible to their constituent memberships.

Beginning in February 2014, the CFGP initiated a community based planning process to identify and document the values of the Cortes Island community as they relate to the CFA. Completed
in July 2014, the Community Forest Operating Plan (CFOP) expresses the management philosophy by which the CFGP indents manage the CFA.
CFGP Mission:
The CFGP exists to be a successful forestry business know for the quality of its timber and its eco-system based forest stewardship.
CFGP Values:
• long term sustainability of the forest ecosystem;
• financial viability of the community forest undertaking;
• the balancing of the community’s economic and social objectives with forest sustainability;
• the management of recreational trails and forest roads in consultation with recreational user groups and the community;
• identification and appropriate management of important natural features and their
• identification and special management of environmentally sensitive areas;
• timber harvesting and entrepreneurship that invested in value-added manufacturing;
• biodiversity, hydrological functions, wildlife habitat, recreational and visual quality;
• non-timber resources for tourism and recreation;
• the promoting of safe work practices.

Cortes Forestry General Partnership
Evaluation Process

Applications in response to this job posting will be evaluated by the executive committee of the
CFGP. The CFGP will then prepare a shortlist of candidates who will be invited for an interview.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the CFGP in PDF form (.pdf) no later than
September 12, 2014. Please send applications via email to CFGP co-chairs Kathy Francis at and Kristen Schofield-Sweet at

Applications shall be comprised of the following two (2) components:
1. A one (1) page cover letter that conveys the applicant’s familiarity with and vision for
implementing the Community Forest Operating Plan;
2. A two (2) page summary of the applicant's qualifications and experience including evidence of capacity and ability to meet the criteria of the CFGP as detailed below.

Evaluation Criteria
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
• An understanding of, and support for the Management Philosophy set out in the Community Forest Operating Plan
• A familiarity with, and understanding of Community Forestry
• A strong interest in and capacity for developing a long-term framework for sustainable, Ecosystem-based forest management
• Experience with all aspects of planning required to become operational.
• A proclivity for adaptive management derived from monitoring the results of ongoing
operational stages
• The ability to manage a team of contractors to coordinate mapping, engineering, road
building services, and supervise harvesting work.
• Demonstrated capacity for effective communication with MFLNRO.
• Ability to work closely with a community board of directors: the Cortes Forestry General Partnership
• An understanding of and ability to work within the financial limitations of the scale of the Cortes Community Forest tenure to create a profitable enterprise
• A good understanding of equipment available and its suitability for the various activities to be undertaken in the CF operations.
• The ability to develop and maintain an effective record-keeping system

In addition, these skills will benefit the successful candidate:
• Excellent communication skills, and the ability to hear from range of interest groups and differing points of view.
• The ability to synthesize information in positive and proactive ways
• Understanding of value-added and niche forestry businesses
• An interest in emerging trends, innovations, and best practices in sustainable forestry
• A plan for the establishment and ongoing monitoring of sample plots within the CF tenure land base for determining forest health and growth
• The ability to create and maintain the CFGP website.

The successful candidate must have their own vehicle for all activities connected to the CF.
Compensation will be negotiated based on candidates experience, compatibility with the Cortes Community Forest management philosophy and comparison with other similar sized Community Forest operations in the Province.