New Brunswick


Our client, J.D. Irving Woodlands Division, is dedicated to sustainable forest management, proactive research and providing a long-term competitive fiber supply to the company’s integrated value chain. They have a long history of reforestation and tree improvement. Working with the Maritime Innovation Laboratory, the Sussex Tree Nursery is pivotal in their R&D effort to develop a sustainable and efficient acclimatization process for our Somatic Embryogenesis seedlings (SE seedlings). Multiple approaches and technologies are under investigation in concert with partners around the world. Defining and implementing a suitable crop plan and adequate technology to transfer from the lab, acclimatize and grow SE seedlings is crucial to their long-term goals to accelerate the deployment of their genetic gains to strengthen their long-term competitiveness.

They are currently looking for a ‘hands-on’, motivated individual to join their Sussex Team as a Tree Improvement Manager.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advance growth and health of our client’s forests through genetic improvement.
  • Accelerate the improvement of our client’s genetics through internal initiatives and external partnerships.
  • Lead research across the full cycle of test design, establishment, maintenance, measurement, analysis, interpretation, and application.
  • Oversee annual tree breeding and field test establishment across our client’s forest regions.
  • Maintain databases and records to assure high quality information is accessible and actionable.
  • Provide strategic and managerial oversight for all of our client’s seed production.
  • Work closely with Nursery staff to execute tree breeding, seed extraction, seedling nursery production, and tree grafting.
  • Coordinate closely with regional forestry staff to implement research plans and communicate findings.
  • Lead genomics projects with internal and external partners.
  • Conduct an annual process to match the appropriate genetics with site conditions to gain the most benefit from available genetics.
  • Provide leadership in external tree improvement collaborations in the region and abroad.


  • Graduate degree in forestry/genetics and five years of experience in tree improvement and management.
  • Quantitative skills in forest genetics.
  • Experience in statistical packages R and ASReml considered an asset.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.

Why Choose This Opportunity

  • Competitive pay, comprehensive benefits plan, RRSP contributions
  • The opportunity to work with the best equipment and technology in the industry
  • Multiple career development opportunities
  • Various technical and Leadership training courses to ensure your success and continued development


If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Lynn Breau at 506-852-8043 for a confidential exchange of information. Or use the “Apply For Job” button at the bottom to confidentially share a copy of your resume



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