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This section is where you can find documentation and tools that can help you prepare and plan your season with us.

We will do our best to keep this space up to date and evolving, so keep coming back!

 
 

FAQ

 

Where is the work?

Most of our contracts are located in Abitibi and in the Nord-du-Québec, on a territory that starts south of Amos, and ends at the northern end of the commercial forest, north of Matagami.

When does the season start?

The start of the season is influenced by various factors, including snow melt and the availability of seedlings. In Nord-du-Québec especially, spring can linger on... But generally speaking, we get to start planting in the first week of June, and thinning and brushing some time in May.

Do you provide accommodation?

Yes. It is illegal in Quebec to house forestry workers in tents, so we provide hotel or camp accommodation (private or shared according to availability) to our workers. All meals are included.

Find out more about our camps.

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately, no pets are allowed at any of our camps.

Do you provide equipment?

Whatever your role, it is your responsibility to acquire the equipment you need to accomplish your work, as well as the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). However, we can order specialised equipment (extractor, shovel, harness) for you.

List of suggested and mandatory equipment.

What is the work schedule like?

We usually plant from Monday to Friday. Depending on daylight hours and on how far the worksite is, a typical day starts between 5 and 6 am and ends between 3 and 4 pm. This schedule may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Pre-commercial thinning and brushing operates on a 15 days on / 6 days off schedule.

How do we get to the worksite?

Transport is provided to the planting worksites, either by minibus or van. For pre-commercial thinning and brushing, our workers are generally autonomous.

What happens at the weekend?

Planting stops every weekend, and workers are free to do what they like. Some go into town, others take the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. It is generally possible to remain on camp, however some fees then apply.

 

I’ve heard we get a week off some time during the season…  

Planting normally stops for a week towards the middle of the season. This is to let everyone recharge and to give them an opportunity to enjoy summer with their friends and families. The exact dates of the break are only confirmed partway during the season, and depend on logistics, on how far work has progressed and on how motivated everyone still is!

I don’t have any experience. Can I still apply?

PAMM mostly hires experienced workers, however we sometimes organise training programs. Ask us.

What type of seedlings do you plant?

Quebec has a system unlike that of other Canadian provinces when it comes to seedlings. We receive them in plastic containers called « caissettes ». Caissettes can contain from 25 seedlings (of the largest size) up to 67 seedlings (of the smallest size). To plant using caissettes, a specialised harness (bells) is generally required. However, we still use bags when planting larger seedlings. 

Can I use a shovel?

Generally, we require that you use a carrot extractor. This is due to the type of seedlings we plant and the terrain we plant in. Nonetheless, we may be able to accommodate you. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Is wearing a helmet compulsory on planting worksites?

PAMM is the first to have implemented a risk management strategy regarding safety helmets. On our worksites, our planters must have their helmet within easy reach at all times. However, whenever risk is absent, wearing it is optional.  

 

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