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 2018 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. Paula and I are pleased to announce that we have negotiated rate increases that are just over 20% for our planting crews this year. We heard your concerns and took them to our clients. We can also happily say that we have eliminated out of town accommodation.
Our total volume this year is 3.1 million seedlings. The best part about that is the summer trees are back so we are going deep into July. We are forecasting the 22nd. We have 1.6 million seedlings for Weyerhaeuser, 1.2 million trees for Gorman Bros and 330,000 trees for LSIB.
Our vision is simple; reforestation: fostering education and innovation and our mission is to become the dominant supplier of silviculture services in the South Okanagan by providing a cost effective, 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 that Quastuco Silviculture 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.
Our land that we work on is primarily site prepped; disc trenching and mounding are the common forms of site prep. The minimum prep price for 2019 is 15 c. This is up from 13c in 2018. The ground that is not prepped is planted raw where obstacle planting is mandatory. The minimum price for non prep is 18.5c up from 15c in 2018. Rates are premium for the region and your quality planting is recognized with the company. Our season starts in late April and ends approximately July 22. We have the longest season in the Okanagan and we have an advantage that it runs from start to finish out of the same location.
This season we will be based out of Penticton and Apex Resorts for the summer plant.
It is our goal to listen to our customers and employees to find ways of continually improving the organization. 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.