RFP for Operations Management

Request for Proposals

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest is seeking an Operations Manager. Based in Sechelt BC and owned by the District of Sechelt our company has an AAC currently at 20,000 cubic metres. We would prefer an experienced RPF in an employee type relationship or an experienced forestry company in a management contract relationship. Salary or rates commensurate with experience and scope of services provided. See managers duties below. Our timeline for the start of this position is still fluid, with a range from November to January. Deadline for applications September 18. Send proposals, or any inquiries to chair@sccf.ca. See our website at sccf.ca for more information. Sechelt Community Projects Inc. DUTIES OF THE OPERATIONS MANAGER Reports to: The President\Chair

Function: Responsible for all operational aspects including managing, harvesting and marketing of timber for the Corporation.

Key responsibilities:

1. Prepare annual plan of operations including budgets, timelines, feasibility studies and reports for approval by the Board of Directors at the beginning of each fiscal year.

2. Plan and direct the operational activities of the Corporation.

3. Arrange for sale of logs to maximize profitability.

4. Liaise with shíshálh Nation, our community and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and other agencies to maximize effective forest management.

5. Responsible for forest security and fire protection.

6. Responsible for staff and forestry contractors.

7. Responsible for environmental issues.

8. Supervise Administrator

Firewood Program Closed

We are not issuing firewood permits while the BC Wildfire Service danger in our area is moderate or higher, as is typical at this time of year.

Legacy Fund cheques presented

On a rare cool weather August day, representatives from various Sunshine Coast organizations met with Mayor Darnelda Siegers, Geoff Craig, President and Dave Lasser, Operations Manager of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest to receive cheques from the Legacy Fund. 

left to right: Clarence Li, Executive Director and Gabrielle Pape, Program Coordinator SCACL; Sarah Bradley, President RCCA; Dave Lasser, Operations Manager SCCF; Paul Davis, Self-Advocate Representative SCACL; Simon Grant, Hatchery Manager SCSES; Susan Kimm-Jones of St Bart’s; Katherine Reber of SCSES; Pamela McElheran, Parish Warden St Bart’s; Mayor Darnelda Siegers, Matthew Lovegrove, Curator/Manager SCMA; Geoff Craig, President and Chair SCCF; Ian Thomson, Director SCMA.

Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living – COVID 19 Community Inclusion Support – $8,000

The Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living supports some of our community’s most vulnerable members. During the first months of the current provincial state of emergency they experienced unprecedented need by their clients, and were in a position of being able to help due to their ongoing supportive relationship with these vulnerable individuals, but did not have the funds to do so. While life is starting to look more like normal for some of us, for many of their clients self-isolation continues with association staff being the only point of contact. This grant will help ensure that they are in a position to help keep their clients safe with food and secure housing in the months to come.

Roberts Creek Community Association – Commercial Kitchen Upgrades – $7,000

The Roberts Creek Community Association’s Roberts Creek Hall is a community hub which is very well used. The Hall kitchen is the only commercial kitchen in Roberts creek and in addition to food service provided at events, it is rented at a low cost to local small businesses and market attendees to prepare food for sale. Upgraded, efficient appliances for this kitchen will help make the community more food secure and be an asset during good times and during emergencies. This grant can pay for half of the cost of the appliances.

St Bart’s Food Bank – Cold Storage and Client Shelter – $5,400

The St Bart’s Food Bank is the only no-barrier food bank in our community, serving those who may not have or do not feel comfortable sharing their ID. They currently only distribute dry goods as they have no means of storing items requiring cold storage. The purchase of a fridge and freezer will allow them to expand their offerings to include more varied and nutritious goods such as fruits, vegetables and eggs, and to take advantage of sales on items that can be frozen, making their dollars stretch further. They also have need of tents to protect their clients and goods from the weather while they are having to operate outdoors due to the ongoing provincial health emergency.

Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society – Save Our Salmon – $40,000

The Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society has been operating a hatchery to build salmon stocks in our community for 18 years, additionally providing an important educational experience and a popular tourist attraction. Last year, they had to sell their stock to other hatcheries because they could not maintain conditions for their fish during the drought, with their only source of water being Chapman Creek. This grant will partly fund 2 test wells, with an additional $50,000 required.  The District of Sechelt is considering funding the remainder from the Community Forest Legacy Fund to ensure our local hatchery operation can continue.

Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives – Protecting Coastal History – $12,000

The Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives has long needed an HVAC retrofit to improve air circulation and humidity control to preserve their collection, but has put in place various manual stopgap measures to make do with the system in place. The ongoing pandemic has additionally raised concerns about recirculated air systems contributing to spread of viruses.  This grant will cover improvements to their HVAC system to protect visitors and their collections.

Free Seedlings for Earth Day!

For Earth Day 2020, we have native species seedlings to give away! We selected Choke Cherry, Indian Plum, and Kinnickinick based on drought tolerance, fire smart properties, and consideration for our native pollinators. These are great choices for landscaping birds and bugs will love, or even better to replace invasive vegetation in your area! Email info1@sccf.ca to arrange a no-contact pick-up or drop-off.

We encourage everyone to use this physically distant Earth Day as an opportunity to educate themselves on invasive species. We are highlighting Scotch Broom because it is easily recognizable by its’ bright yellow flowers and is abundant on the coast. This beautiful plant was brought to the West Coast as an ornamental in the 1850’s however it poses such a high risk and is so well established that it is currently on BC’s Priority Invasive Species list. It is extremely prolific with a mature plant producing thousands of seeds which can remain viable for decades! It is also unfortunately an extreme fire risk, as these oily plants can dramatically escalate a fire’s intensity.

Not surprisingly, on the Sunshine Coast we have such an amazing community that many volunteer “Broom Busters” including the Halfmoon Bay Community Association, Sargent Bay Society and Sunshine Coast Natural History Society have been tackling this and have made short work of it in and around Sargent‚Äôs Bay, at the Sechelt Marsh, and along Redrooffs Rd. If you see this plant please consider taking the time to dig it up, ensuring proper disposal. DO NOT put it in your green waste bin. Currently the Halfmoon Bay Fire Dept. is accepting it in the vacant lot beside the hall. Please contact us if you need help with disposal.¬†

For more information visit:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/plants-animals-ecosystems/invasive-species/priority-species

https://bcinvasives.ca/invasive-species/identify/invasive-plants/scotch-broom?fbclid=IwAR2q2ZziggYOZ-6-5yUoEyHQxZqvD7cciyYCSQGYIjV9wRwwxfrSpFwfNlA

AGM

Our Annual General Meeting has been set for May 11th at 7:00pm.  Due to the current Public Health Office orders, it will be held via online conference and broadcast on Youtube.  The public may submit questions or comments in advance to info1@sccf.ca 

Office Closure

In the interest of the health and safety of our staff and community, our office will be closed until at least March 24th, 2020.  We will post any further updates on our website and Facebook page.  Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail:

 

Administrator                       Sara Zieleman        250.464.9171        

 

szieleman@sccf.ca

 

Operations Manager          Dave Lasser            604-740-7208 

 

dlasser@sccf.ca    

 

Open House – March 9th

Join us at the Seaside Centre from 6:30pm Р8:00pm.  Our most current operations plan map will be available for review at our upcoming Open House at the Seaside Centre.  Operations Manager Dave Lasser, RPF will be there to answer any questions you may have.  Please submit feedback in writing.

Legacy Fund Grants

At the October 16, 2019 regular Council meeting of the District of Sechelt, Councilors approved our recommendations for five Legacy Fund grants.

Pender Harbour District Health Centre – $40,000 to purchase and equip a handicapped accessible van which will be used to transport residents to health appointments.

Roberts Creek Community Association – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Roberts Creek Community Hall and/or make exterior repairs.

Rotary Club of the Sunshine Coast – $35,000 to purchase and install Automated External Defibrillators throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Arts Council – $100,000 to replace the roof of the Arts Centre in Sechelt and/or make other necessary repairs.

syiyaya Reconciliation Project – $10,000; the final installment for the Totem Pole carving project being undertaken by Mr. Tony Paul.

2019 WOOD EXPO

The 5th annual Wood Expo was held on September 14 at the Seaside Centre. There were 24 local exhibitors showing the beauty and diversity of wood through their various projects. Artists, hobbyists, furniture makers, carvers, boat builders, wood turners and so many more exhibited one of a kind items, many not before seen by the public.

Go to our Wood Expo page to get more information.

STRUCTURE PROTECTION UNIT

The Sunshine Coast Community Forest, in consultation and cooperation with our shareholder the District of Sechelt, is pleased to announce that it has provided funding of approximately $110,000 to the Sechelt Fire Department for the purchase of a Type 2 Structure Protection Unit (SPU).

The purpose of the SPU is to provide outdoor fire protection to approximately 30 homes at a time. It is equipped with pumps, hoses, sprinklers, etc. that can be mounted on the roof of a home and on the ground right beside the home. The SPU is deployed with a five-person crew to set up the sprinkler system.

The SPU will be owned and maintained by the Sechelt Fire Department and will be available for use by all six fire departments on the lower Sunshine Coast, based on equipment sharing agreements currently in place. Training of the six fire departments’ personnel will be conducted by the Sechelt Fire Department.

The Community Forest would like to express our sincere thanks to Sechelt Fire Chief Trevor Pike, Deputy Chief Dwight Davison and Firefighter Bill Ellsner for their leadership and efforts to purchase and equip the Structure Protection Unit.

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