why work with us
Our planning focus is beyond tree price. It is centered around creating healthy environments where people can thrive.
our Next Generation
We have mandatory online employee orientation, establishing definition and rules to govern our respectful workplaces.
We want to ensure our employees know they can affect change by offering ideas or submitting feedback. Simple ways to connect with us include: speaking with Team Resources, writing a message in the chat box here, and filling out feedback surveys.
Difficult conversations when things get touch are key. Not always easy, but important.
Accountability is when our core values guide our actions. It's when we do what we say we're going to do. We are focusing on levelling our accountability across all positions within Next Gen to ensure a fair work environment.
We understand the toll that an intense planting season puts on individuals. We aim to provide a supportive environment so that we all finish the season mentally and physically strong.
Some of our goals for 2021 were:
In 2021, we provided a more extensive in-person training for two camp Peer Support employees.
Some structured time off for staff
Pulling some stress out of the system by providing more support to Project Managers and staff. In turn, they can do the same for planters.
Further human skill development skills for Project Managers and Staff
Develop a more robust mental health support network and resources.
Many camps were able to see improvements in these areas. As with any major culture or systems change, shifts take time and there remains lots of work to do.
Check in for a 2022 update in January.
Many of Next Gen’s staff have been working together for years. Many Project Managers have been around for over 10 seasons in their role. Where new management is stepping up, there is solid support to assist with their first years.
Tree Planting Family
You will enjoy working with Next Gen if you are looking for a planting community. We work mainly in bush camps with great food and amenities.
We’re looking for experienced or new planters who are interested in a medium to long term working relationship.
Next Gen collaborates with planters, staff, and managers to create an authentic safety culture. Our objective is for all employees to understand their role and significance within the crew community. It also means people are held accountable for supporting safety-first decisions.
We have mandatory online employee orientation. This outlines expectations across crews and individuals. Our hope is to increase the clarity of expectation and comprehension of important safety points.
Through meetings, conversations and feedback surveys, we ensure that all people who work with Next Gen have a voice and the ability to address any areas of concern. You can effect change in policy moving forward.
Partnership with Total Physio
An excellent physiotherapy office out of Smithers, BC, Total Physio is revolutionizing how planters deal with injury. The team at Total Physio has studied planting, its biomechanics and the etiology of its injuries. They have put together wonderful materials on how best to prepare for planting, effective and realistic ergonomics to prevent injuries and how to tape for both relative-rest and prevention of injury. A paragraph is not enough to describe the amazing work they are doing in silviculture.
Next Gen is partnered with Total Physio. In this, we can provide planters with pre-season materials to prepare for the season. Our First Aid Attendants are armed with game-changing taping techniques. Finally, this partnership allows for the ability to Skype with and consult physios in their office. This facilitates accurate diagnoses of problems and accelerates the return to full fitness.
Pre-season preparedness will be an emphasis moving into the 2020 season. Total Physio Resources will be available in the employee log-in zone of this website.
Next Gen is known in the industry for its food. We have some of the best cooks around, generous portions and wonderful flavours.
In 2019 we saw the elimination of Camp Cost across our company. The food remained fantastic and our food budget is among the highest in the industry.
We have camps instead of crews
Many planting companies are organized in smaller crew units, six or ten packs run by one foreman.
However, Next Gen does not have fixed crews. We organize planters around available trees. This maximizes productivity and efficiency.
Every morning there is a truck board, similar to the one shown here, letting you know your location, transportation and field staff for the day.
Prices with Next Gen range from 11 to 22 cents, depending on the contract, ground and specifications.
A person can reasonably expect to put in between 2500-5000 trees at 11 cents in flat Alberta ground with no rocks and simple specs; and about 1500-3000 trees in 18 cent tougher, technical BC ground.
For a more well-rounded look at earnings, please click here.
Vacation On Top of Tree Price
Vacation is calculated on top of tree prices – lets take, for example, a 13 cent tree. When payroll is processed, an additional 4% vacation pay will be added on to your earnings. This comes to about 13.52 cents per tree.
Incentive for Returning Employees
Planters who have worked with Next Gen in the past, for any length of time, and are returned for the 2020 season received a one cent loyalty bonus per tree above the tree price.
Long term employees make a real difference to our operations. This is a form of financial appreciation.
In 2021, the bonus was compounded with every pay period and was visible as a separate line item on the paystub.
In order to be eligible, returning planters needed to start up with us within the first week of our start date.
Please note daily earnings information on the website does NOT include the loyalty bonus. This is a true bonus and planter earnings remain competitive without it.
No Camp Costs
In 2019, Next Gen was a pioneer in our decision to abolish Camp Costs.
For the decades that tree planting has been around, so too have camp costs - a daily deduction from wages to cover the cost of food. But 2019 was a historical year. With a push from planters and the industry as a whole, there is a major shift towards a fairer workplace. This will align planting with all other remote-based industries, a huge step for everyone in silvicuture.
Elimination of camp cost will keep thousands of dollars in the pockets of planters and staff - totalling over $ 2000 in an average season.