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Employment Opportunity : Senior Forester: Harvesting

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 SAFCOL
SENIOR FORESTER: HARVESTING
Status: Permanent
Location: Bergvliet plantation
Grade: C5
Reporting line: Plantation Manager

Role Mandate
To manage harvesting, thinning operations, roads maintenance and all timber transport as per operational requirements for Bergvliet plantation.

Key Accountabilities
  • Manage monthly volumes by coordinating with Marketing and plan to meet targets
  • Perform operational planning daily
  • Give input or advise on transport of logs to mills
  • Prepare Annual Plan of Operations (APO), tactical and operational plans
  • Plan for season (Summer/Winter) and system to be used i.e. Ground or Cable system
  • Plan for transport, road planning for all weather timber delivery and set targets for volumes
  • Consolidate field information on PSION (data device)
  • Interpret information for progress purposes
  • Manage thinning operations and control road maintenance
  • Ensure constant timber supply by planning ahead
  • Identify CAPEX needs, monitor sectional budget and consolidate budget for the section
  • Monitor monthly reports and identify any deviations and obtain quotes and prepare requisitions
  • Manage fuel consumption of vehicles under area of control
  • Manage assets to ensure proper utilisation and maintenance thereof
  • Maintain and utilise growing stock
  • Manage vehicle maintenance, equipment and ensure preventative maintenance is performed
  • Ensure correct utilisation of equipment by teams and extract data from IMS for daily operations
  • Ensure adherence to health and safety standards by teams
  • Adhere to sound environmental practices and manage firefighting operations and practices
  • Monitor Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) usage
  • Organise and chair safety meetings and ensure toolbox talks
  • Organise Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) awareness initiatives and input all incident onto DMS (data system)
  • Liaise with neighbours and suppliers on a regular basis regarding fire management and stock
  • Build relationship with the community regarding firewood, sand mining, fire prevention and illegal activities
  • Liaise with neighbours and suppliers on a regular basis regarding fire management and stock
  • Liaise with internal support functions to ensure cooperation within the business


Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12
  • 3 Year National Diploma (NQF Level 6) in Forestry
  • B-Tech Degree (NQF Level 7) in forestry will be an added advantage
  • 3- 5 Years' experience as a Forester in harvesting operations
  • 3 Years' experience in logistics and transport management in a forestry environment will be an advantage
  • Valid driver's licence

Behavioural Competencies
  • Supervision
  • Stakeholder management
  • Interpersonal skill
  • Communication skills
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Team player

Skills Competencies
  • Knowledge of forestry equipment and devices
  • Knowledge of harvesting practices
  • Safety
  • Fire prevention and control
  • Computer literacy


SAFCOL Group is an equal opportunity company with the focus on gender equality and people with disabilities. Employment Equity will be taken into consideration in terms of all appointments within SAFCOL.

Interested qualified individuals can e-mail a concise CV and must submit relevant copies of qualifications in confidence to:

Magdeline Selopyane, Human Capital Practitioner, magdalinerecruitment@safcol.co.za Tel no: 013 754 2820
Closing date: 20 July 2017

Should you not have received a response within 30 days of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
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