Facilities Manager

Seed the North Seed the North Employer:
Hazelton, BC, CALocation:
Fri, Jun 21 '24Posted on:
$80,000 annually Pay:

Seed the North is an architect-led ecological restoration company located in northern British Columbia. Construction of our seed orchard and campus began in 2020. We continue to expand and are planning the construction of several new buildings, including a seed processing facility and staff housing. We are on a beautiful 160 acre property above the Skeena River, with dramatic views of Stekyoden Peak.

We are seeking a Facilities Manager with an architectural eye to execute new projects and devise maintenance plans for existing and future facilities. For the near future, this will be a construction-forward role. 

Photos of our site: 
Location: Hazelton, BC
Job Type: Permanent / Long Term 
Salary: $80,000
Paid Vacation: 2 months (8 weeks)
Seasonal Workload: 

  • 8 months full time (40 hours per week / 5 days a week on site)

  • 2 months flex time (32 hours per week / negotiable)

  • 2 months paid vacation

Pay Structure: Bi-weekly payroll
Travel: Paid travel with meals, accommodations, and mileage (as needed)
Relocation Allowance: We will pay $5,000 toward your relocation expenses
Closing Date: July 21, 2024

The Facilities Manager (FM) independently oversees the construction and maintenance of the various building projects and landscapes that make up Seed the North’s campus. The FM reports to the Founder/Principal and works closely with the Design Team, Construction Team, and occasionally the Seed Team.

Seed the North’s operational model is Architect-led Design/Build. Our design team and most of our construction team are in-house. The FM manages the construction and procurement process, translating construction drawings into built architecture. This involves directing the construction team, contractors, and fabricators. Supported by the design team, the FM interprets architectural drawings and makes key decisions about how on-site craftspeople should execute them. The FM is a key player in design and planning discussions with the architects, engineers, and consultants, providing strong knowledge of construction practices, building systems, cost estimating, and logistics. Future projects may necessitate the involvement of a General Contractor, and the FM will be our primary representative and a strong advocate for Seed the North’s interests.

This position requires an independent mindset while also being highly collaborative with excellent communication skills. Regular video and email collaboration with engineers, craftspeople, architects, vendors, project managers, founder, and lead designer will be required; however, most time will be spent working on site, managing construction and maintenance operations in person.

This position requires being on site 5 days a week for 8 months of the year. While it may be possible to commute from Smithers or Terrace, establishing a residence in Hazelton is preferred. We provide a relocation allowance and local advice to get you started. Finding housing for our staff is something we take seriously. In fact, one of your first projects will be to execute the construction of on-site housing for seasonal staff.

Seed the North is a Social Enterprise. We support the regeneration of Northern Landscapes and communities by harnessing the power of seeds to generate ecosystem and community resilience. Our context is rural and remote, presenting unique operational challenges while inviting a blend of normative and unorthodox construction practices. This position requires an agile mindset that is able to switch between a state of open-mindedness and back to a strong pragmatism, while valuing our social enterprise’s capital. 

The ideal candidate will enjoy living and working in a remote and rural environment, and may like to engage in local outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, and hunting. 

Seed harvesting and ecological restoration are highly seasonal activities. As a result, Seed the North has a seasonal business model which is reflected in our construction timelines and vacation offerings. The ideal candidate will use this seasonality to their unique advantage and bring their own vision to what this role can be.

Experience / Required Skills / Qualifications

  • 8+ years of relevant experience

  • Post secondary degree in Architectural Technology, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent experience (Master’s level preferred)

  • Excellent Project Management skills

  • Experience in Construction Management, or a strong construction background

  • Experience managing a General Contractor an asset

  • Experience representing a client an asset

  • Ability to read construction drawings, identify problems, and fastidiously execute a project vision

  • A strong aesthetic sensibility and appreciation for well executed design details

  • Knowledge of machinery and equipment an asset

  • Knowledge of earthworks and landscaping an asset

  • Knowledge of building science, HVAC, off grid energy systems an asset

  • Knowledge of BC Building Code or International Building Code an asset

  • Knowledge of timber frame, wood, and steel construction an asset

  • Experience with cost estimating and budgets

  • Experience with commissioning and inspection procedures

  • Ability to deploy systems and workflows that are appropriate to the scale of our operations. We are not large enough to sustain highly bureaucratic systems but our projects are large enough to benefit from workflow planning

  • A proven track record of maintaining high quality standards while working to deadlines

  • Good documentation and photography skills an asset

  • Excellent computer skills

  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Sheets

  • Experience with CAD and 3D software an asset

  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle

  • PMP, P.Eng, construction trade tickets, and green building certifications are assets

Job Description

  • Directing new construction projects, refits, renovations

  • Planning and managing daily logistics at the work site

  • Developing and implementing maintenance plans

  • Finding creative ways to solve construction and logistical challenges in a context that is off the beaten path

  • Interpreting and critiquing architectural drawings

  • Procuring consultants and contractor teams for each project as needed

  • Management of fabrication processes, shop drawings

  • Cost estimating and takeoffs from construction drawings 

  • Coordinating procurement of all building materials, equipment, furniture, and fixtures

  • Documentation of completed or in-progress works, taking measurements, inspecting construction work

  • Facilitating site visits

  • A strong role in the envisionment of long term campus build-out

We at Seed the North are grateful to live and operate on the unceded territory of the Gitxsan people.  

In keeping with our commitment to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.


How to Apply

Please send a carefully written cover letter, resume, and selected portfolio materials (if applicable) to [email protected] prior to closing date of July 21, 2024, 11:59pm PT

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