What we offer:
Thank you for taking the time to get this far on our web site. We work out of the Southern Okanagan; one of the nicest places in the province. Although we cannot predict the weather, it’s usually dry, sunny and warm. We have access to some of the best rock climbing and mountain biking in Canada, or if you’re interested in relaxing, our operating areas are surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers. We work far enough south that you’re close to major centers to return to if you’re homesick or looking for a weekend away.
The 2019 season has now come and gone, the bidding season has closed for another year and we have an exciting season lined up. We have achieved our goal of becoming a dominant player in the South Okanagan Silviculture Sector. The 2019 planting season was full of changes including a 20% increase in planter rates and the elimination of accommodation cost. We are happy to say that prices are going to hold steady for the 2020 season and there will be no accommodation cost again.
Quastuco Silviculture Ltd. (QSL) does not compete on the open bid market. All of our seedlings are direct award or under long term contract. The program looks like this; 1.5 million seedlings for Weyerhaeuser, 1 million trees for Gorman Bros and 665,000 trees for LSIB. LSIB trees are all summer trees and about 95% burnt. A total of 3.16 million trees of which 2.27 million are spring trees and 995,000 are summer. The best part is that our summer program starts immediately after our spring trees are done, meaning no down time for crews. Our season starts in late April and will run until approximately July 18, giving us the longest season in the Okanagan.
Our vision is simple, reforestation: fostering education and innovation. Our mission is to become the dominant supplier of silviculture services in the South Okanagan by providing a cost effect, safe, high quality service that contributes to the long-term health and wellness of the forests. One of the most important statements in the organization is QSL targets that each employee completes their employment with our company in equal or better health than when they started.
Being small provides a sense of family as the owners, Scott and Paula and our supervisors know all members of the crew. We have the ability to respond quickly to the needs of our staff and our clients.
The land that we plant is primarily site prepped; disc trenching and mounding at a minimum price of 15 cents per tree. The raw blocks are mandatory obstacle planting at a minimum of 18 cents per tree. Fill planting blocks go for a premium and are planted at a minimum of 22 cents. Rates are premium for the region and your quality planting is recognized with the company.
The 2020 planting season will be based out of Penticton for the spring plant and Apex Resorts and Ashnola for the summer plant.
Employee happiness, productivity and health is extremely important to QSL. As a result, many different measures are taken to ensure that each planter reaches their goals. We live in motels and work 5 days on and 2 days off. This allows you to stay healthy and maintain high productivity throughout the year. As we our contracts are long term, we stay in Penticton the entire season. We maintain a close relationship with Total Physio to ensure that injured planters have minimal missed days and can keep working with modified/light duty tasks. As well, we know that food is held at a high priority when planting so we provide a weekly crew meal on the company during the month of June. This allows you to relax and refuel during the toughest weeks of the season. Last but certainly not least there is ZERO accommodation cost, which allows you to keep a little more money in your pocket.
We are looking for energetic, adventure seeking young women and men from across Canada on the lookout for a productive, fun, positive and caring culture. We want to build a relationship that lasts your entire planting career, not just a single year. We are offering positions to both new and experienced planters that we feel fit the culture and can help us support the needs of our customers. If you are interested read on for more details.
It is our goal to listen to our customers and employees to find ways of continually improving the organizations. We appreciate the feedback and intend to make it the most successful season ever!
Scott and Paula Overland
What You Need to Work for Us
- You need to have at least one year of experience, preferably of Interior BC planting. Continuing from 2015, we are accepting a number of highly motivated 1st year planters to join our team. Please apply early.
- First Aid is an asset but not mandatory
- A valid class four license is an asset but not mandatory
What Are We Looking For?
- We are looking for a strong team of energized university students looking for a fun, safe and productive season
- The ideal planter for Quastuco will be a positive, safety minded, competitive, self-motivated individual capable of working in a pure production environment.
- Give us a try, we won’t let you down.
Our pricing objectives are set to match the wages of our local competitors. We pride ourselves in the ability to manage our projects in such a way that you can be more productive than our competition, as a result, making more money. Our lowest price for 2017 is 13c. This is for our fasted ground usually disc trenched or mounded. Production on this ground is estimated from last year around 1800-2000 for the good average planter. Our as is ground is highly variable, some of it is faster than prepped ground, but most is usually slower at about 1500-1700 per day. The rates for this type of ground are 15-18c. Either way the average daily pay is estimated at $265, if you’re faster you will make more. The one exception to the pricing objectives for tree rates paid is for variations in stock size as this will be taken into account for specific clients.
Our quality objectives vary from client to client; one thing in common is the need to achieve higher than 92.7% on all sites. For our Weyerhaeuser client we strive to achieve between 93 and 96% for our Gorman Bros client we strive to achieve 94-96%. For the past two seasons we have incurred zero quality fines and minimal excess charges.
Quastuco Silviculture Ltd has one goal; to have everyone start the season and make as much money as they can and end the season healthier than when they arrive. We have had zero lost time accidents with Weyerhaeuser for four years. With Vaagen Bros we did have a tendonitis case last year that grounded a planter for four weeks. We strive for pre- season conditioning and 100% support the ‘Fit to Plant’ program. Information is available on our website.
A little more.....
We work five days a week taking weekends off. We try to work out of hotels for the season, as such we work 90% of our season out of the small town of Penticton located in the Okanagan Valley. It’s hot and dry and does not rain that much. You can plant five days a week and find a multitude of things to do to enhance your personal experience while you’re with us. If you require more information please contact us.