Job Description

Forester Kokstad
Job ID #: 8807 Location: ZA_KwaZulu-Natal_Durban
Position Type: Regular Full-Time Education Required: Associates Degree
Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years Relocation Provided: No Relocation Offered
Job Category: Operations Brand: CHEP

CHEP helps move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organisation on earth. Its pallets, crates and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world’s biggest brands trust us to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, CHEP created one of the world's most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as ‘pooling’. CHEP primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. CHEP employs approximately 11,000 people and owns approximately 300 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centres, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg’s and Nestlé. CHEP is part of the Brambles Group and operates in more than 55 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. For more information on CHEP, visit For information on the Brambles Group, visit

As one of four Brambles growth companies, CHEP and Brambles provide you unparalleled opportunities to advance and accelerate your career. You’ll be joining an international growth organisation with a pioneering, circular business model. You’ll be working for a company that is changing the way goods get to market. You’ll become part of an efficient and collaborative global team making a real contribution to a smarter, more sustainable future. For more on how Brambles growth companies can accelerate your career, visit

Position Description

Forester with mechanical and maintenance knowledge

– Kokstad Region

Position Purpose

Responsible for day to day management of all silviculture, fire protection, harvesting and related forestry activities on Draaikloof and Montevideo farms (Braecroft farms). This role will ensure optimal growth  and quality of timber resources , and implement measures to minimize health and safety risk and environmental impact. Responsible for maintenance of all farm based vehicles and equipment


1)    Implement silviculture program for Draaikloof and Montevideo farms as agreed with Forestry manager , including program for eradication of alien vegetation

2)    Manage fire protection activities on Draaikloof and Montevideo farms, and other Braecroft Farms when required. Ensure all fire breaks are timeously prepared and completed

3)    Ensure necessary maintenance and upkeep of all plant and equipment on Draaikloof and Montevideo farm, with particular reference to all vehicles and equipment ,newroads , labour housing and workshop complex

4)    Contribute towards development of professional forestry contractor and staff compliment on Draaikloof and Montevideo farms

5)    Ensure a safe working environment, by enforcing compliance with effective Health and Safety practices.

6)    Ensure compliance with best practice environmental standards, including FSC accreditation.

7)    Enhance good image of Braecroft Timbers, by fostering a relationship of trust and cooperation with neighbors and local communities.

8)    Manage Harvesting related issues with Harvesting Contractors ie implementation of Harvesting plans , checking all utilizable timber extracted , Environmental compliance , Health and safety Compliance and accounting of timber volumes harvested. Regular communication required with harvesting Contractors. Ensure all required harvesting documentation(ie Tally sheets) is submitted timeously

9)    Develop working relationship with all local service providers


  • Work hours sometimes long and irregular, with no “time off” in fire season
  • Harsh environment and extreme weather conditions.
  • Labour issues.
  • Remoteness of area, and quality of service from Service providers.
  • Personal safety.
  • Ensuring operational deadlines are met ie: ensuring contractor productivity

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