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At JDI we’re proud of our position as industry leaders, we’re excited about innovation and sustainability and we feel good about the contribution we make to the economy of the local region.

We’ve been here for over 135 years building this business, but we’d like to give you an opportunity to get to know us a little better. So, just ask.

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  • I am a 1st year business student at NSCC. I will be taking the Accounting Concentration next year. I was wondering if you have any entry level jobs for students in the summer? Data entry/ filing, etc. A job that would pay to get me through the summer and also allow me to see if JDI is for me.

    Asked on March 12, 2018 at 8:33pm

    Good morning,

     Thank you for your interest in JDI.

    You can find all the details about our opportunities for students at students.jdirving.com.

    Please feel free to visit the site, search and browse jobs, and apply online to a job that peeks your interest.



    JDI Careers Team

  • Hi! I'm looking into your Tree Planting positions for the summer of 2018, and all I can find advertised is one located in St Léonard. Are there other teams recruiting? Where could I find the information/application? Thanks in advance!

    Asked on January 4, 2018 at 11:10pm

    Hi Elizabeth,

    Thank you for your email.

    You can expect to see job postings for all districts toward the end of next week (January 12th, 2018).

    There will also be information sessions held at universities, the dates will be shared on our website & social media pages throughout the remainder of the month.

    Be sure to like us on Facebook for the latest on summer job opportunities.

  • Im a pipefitter bye trade from ga.i would like to know who has the contract for the site in macon ga.or phone number i have 12yrs construction. Exp plese contact me im Chester. My phone

    Asked on August 9, 2017 at 1:28pm

    Good afternoon Chester,


    Thank you for your interested in our new plant in Macon, Georgia


    If you are interested in becoming a contractor/supplier, please send an email to georgiaproject@irvingconsumerproducts.com.


    If you are interested in applying for a job with this project, please visit http://explore.icpcareers.com/




    JDI Communications

  • I am a rail fan (former dairy employee) from Ontario. I first visited St Leonard, NB in 2007 to photograph the MMA with a load of timber originating from Maine and delivered to the Irving Mill via a set of practical / interesting trackage. With all the changes in rail ownership lately, I am wondering which rail transportation services JDI utilize and, in particular, the mill at St Leonard? Thanks to all! Glenn Cherry, Hagersville, ON

    Asked on January 22, 2017 at 10:20pm

    Hi Glenn,

    Thanks for your email and interest in our railway operations.

    Here is a link to the map of our rail operations and connections to other carriers.

    In 2013, we purchased the 25-mile Van Buren Sub Division from Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway.

    The line which connects with affiliate Main Northern Railway (MNR) at Madawaska, ME. and CN Rail at Saint-Leonard, NB. was an important addition to the NBM Railway system.

  • What kind or trees do you plant after you cut them trees down? Do you plant a variety or just one type? Do you plant only soft wood or only hard wood? Do you only plant trees that grow fast or do you plant any kinds of trees? do you plant the exact amount of trees that you cut down or do you plant more or less?

    Asked on January 15, 2017 at 5:56pm

    Thanks for your interest in J.D. Irving. We are happy to provide some information on the questions you are wondering about.

    What kind of trees do you plant after you cut them trees down? Do you plant a variety or just one type?

    We have 6 primary softwood species that are used to re-plant our clear cuts (White Spruce, Norway Spruce, Red Spruce, Black Spruce, White Pine, and a small amount of Jack Pine)

    Do you plant only soft wood or only hard wood?

    We only plant soft wood species. Hardwood regenerates naturally and we rely on several types of NON clear-cut harvesting that promote natural regeneration of hardwood species. For example in areas that are dominated by hardwood species we would cut narrow strips only removing a small percent of the mature trees. This allows for natural Hardwood to begin to grow underneath the remaining trees. There will also be some percentage of hardwood that will naturally regenerate within our planted areas over the life cycle of the stand. Today, in New Brunswick there is more hardwood than 50 years ago

    Do you only plant trees that grow fast or do you plant any kinds of trees?

    We have a tree improvement program at JDI to ensure we are planting very healthy trees with the best possible potential. We have achieved this mostly through collecting seeds from healthy, natural trees across the region and using those seeds to grow our seedlings.

    Do you plant the exact amount of trees that you cut down or do you plant more or less? 

    Every year we are growing more wood than we harvest. Sustainable forestry means we harvest 2% or less of the land each year.


  • How long would it take to reforest an acre of clear cut land and be able to seel the mature wood?

    Asked on January 13, 2017 at 10:28am

    The time it takes a stand to reach maturity is mostly a function of how intensively the stand is managed and how good the soil is.

    For example a clear cut allowed to naturally regenerate and simply left to grow may take upwards of 70 years to reach maturity. 

    A clear cut that is planted with high quality seedlings, released from competition at age 2 or 3 and at age 10-12 (i.e mechanically cleaned with a brush saw to allow more space and light for growth) ‎has the potential to produce trees 6-12 inches in diameter, and approximately 18-30 feet tall in 22-25 years and be ready to clear cut again at age 35-40.

  • What made you make your company in Atlantic Canada?

    Asked on November 29, 2016 at 10:02am


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    In 1882 our company started here. Our founders settled here in Atlantic Canada when they came from Scotland.

  • Does Irving offer all there employees a pension plan

    Asked on November 23, 2016 at 5:03pm


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    Full-time new hires are enrolled in the Group RSP plan.  

  • as an apprentice heavy equipment tech am I required to take the blocks in any particular order in New Brunswick, Canada?

    Asked on November 8, 2016 at 10:54am


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    All apprenticeship blocks need to be taken in sequential order…i.e. you take block 2 once you have successfully completed block 1, block 3 after passing block 2….etc.

    There is a set amount of practical hours needed between each block.

  • Do you have any job openings in Toronto

    Asked on November 2, 2016 at 8:05pm


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    All of our current openings can be found at the following link: http://careers.jdirving.com/ You may also sign up for job alerts if there is nothing that currently applies to your skill set.


  • What are the relevant fact about california wood harvesting company?

    Asked on October 20, 2016 at 4:28am


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI! We do not operate in California so are not able to comment.

  • Why are the logging roads marked every kilometer ? Just curious thanks

    Asked on October 16, 2016 at 4:04pm


    Thank you for your e-mail.

    Logging roads are marked every kilometer for forest area identification as well as related safety precautions.

  • Can you explain to me freehold land? Is it still crown land?

    Asked on August 15, 2016 at 8:18pm


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI!

    Freehold land is property registered in the name of an individual owner with their respective province.


  • I've heard that moose hunters can apply to hunt on JDI private land. Is this true? If so where could I apply?

    Asked on August 10, 2016 at 12:14pm


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    Applications to hunt moose during the 2016 season on Miramichi Timber Holdings Lands are now being accepted from New Brunswick residents. Applications must be received by August 31, 2016. 

    You may find our online application and detailed information on our website at the following link: https://www.jdirving.com/jd-irving-sustainability-community-recreational-use-hunting.aspx

  • Hi I just watched a clip about JDI hiring big time in next three years. What type of jobs will you have? What kind of training do you want in terms of skill trades and university training? Thank you

    Asked on April 29, 2016 at 8:27pm


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI. 

    Over the next three years we are forecasted to hire almost 7,900 people across our Canada and US operations. For more details, visit our hiring forecast announcement here.

    Below are a list of positions we are expecting to hire for that require high school or community college education:

    • Drivers
    • Marine
    • Support
    • Welder
    • Mechanic
    • Iron Worker
    • Metal Fabrication
    • Millwright
    • Power Engineer, E&I, ICT
    • Pipefitter
    • Electrician
    • Carpenter/Painter

    Additionally, the below is a list of the projected positions we will be hiring for that require community college or university education:

    • Shipping, Supply, Logistics
    • Office Support
    • Accounting/Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Legal/Public Relations
    • Tree Planter
    • Silviculture
    • Crew Chief
    • Auditor
    • Crop Scout
    • Sales
    • Customer Service
    • Marketing

    To view our current openings, please visit our Careers Page.

    Thank you,
    JDI Communications

  • When was Irving founded?

    Asked on March 20, 2016 at 6:28pm



    Thank you for your question to Just Ask JDI! Irving was founded in 1882.

  • How many trees are replaced after harvesting the forests of New Brunswick. Is there a percentage or is it 1 for 1?

    Asked on March 16, 2016 at 11:21am


    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI!

    On the lands owned or managed by J.D. Irving, Limited, the sustainability of the resource is of upmost importance. Through natural regeneration methods or by planting trees, we ensure that all harvested areas are renewed and that trees will be growing for the future forest.

    To ensure sustainability, we look out 80-100 years into the future and carefully plan how the forest is to be protected, managed and renewed.  An important part of this long term planning is to determine the strategy for  when and where we harvest and how we will renew the forest.

    In the field, our foresters evaluate each of the areas scheduled for harvest to determine the most appropriate plan to ensure that a new forest is regenerated after harvest.  This can be done by protected the natural regeneration that already exists, carrying out partial harvesting to promote new natural regeneration or by planting trees.

    J.D. Irving, Limited has a long standing tradition of planting trees.  Since 1957, JDI has planted 950 million trees.  In 2016 we will be planting close to 20 million trees on lands we own or manage.  This long term commitment will create a healthy future forest for generations to come.


  • Hi, Do you know what is the projected amount of people that will be hired from the job fair held in sussex last week?

    Asked on February 2, 2016 at 3:32pm


    We have approximately 165 current openings in NB, NS and PEI. We project to hire almost 7,900 between now and 2018; 3700 of which are in NB. 

    We are‎ reviewing current applications from the hiring fair for qualified candidates with the skills and experience needed for these various positions.



  • To date, has anyone been contacted since the Sussex job fair last week? Thanks

    Asked on February 1, 2016 at 4:14pm

    We were pleased to welcome 1,040 participants at our hiring fair. To date, four people have been hired and our Human Resources team continues to process the applications as we move towards further job offers.

  • What exactly does your company do? What do you manufacture? What do your engineers do?

    Asked on January 23, 2016 at 12:08pm


    Thank you for your question.

    J.D. Irving, Limited is a conglomerate of a diverse group of enterprises in the fields of agriculture, construction and equipment, consumer products, energy, food, forestry and forestry products, retail and distribution, shipbuilding and industrial fabrication, and transportation and logistics. Our companies consist of mechanical, power, chemical, electrical and process engineers. The job description will vary depending upon the department and business for which they work.

    For more information on our company, and our current openings visit our careers page at jdijobs.ca or our website at jdirving.com.

  • I was informed JDI is having another job fair in Sussex next week. Is this open to the public or only for those effected by the mine closing. Is this job fair the same for those affected by the lay-offs back in November? I plan on attending this fair if its open to the public. I am very interested in learning about current operator openings.

    Asked on January 21, 2016 at 7:12pm


    Thank you for your question!

    Yes, the job fair in Sussex on January 28th is open to the public.

    For more information on the job fair, including a list of the positions we are hiring for, please visit our online posting: https://www.jdirving.com/BlogPage.aspx?id=2687&blogid=74

  • Hello, How can I find out which commercial paper products Irving manufactures so I can buy products that support local jobs?

    Asked on January 1, 2016 at 1:40pm


    Thank you for your question!

    We manufacture Majesta and Royale in Canada, and Scotties in the U.S., sustaining an integrated value chain from seed to shelf.

    To learn more about J.D. Irving, Limited and our product offerings, visit our website at www.irvingconsumerproducts.com or www.jdirving.com.

  • How do I get a job operating a skidder?

    Asked on November 30, 2015 at 12:45am

    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    Please send an email to forestjobs@jdirving.com or call us at 1-888-678-0724 to learn more about these types of job opportunities.


  • Can I buy a harvester or a different machine with Irving and start a business? I just need help to get started.

    Asked on October 17, 2015 at 11:03am

    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    We are actively recruiting for harvesting and trucking contractors. Please contact either the e-mail or phone number below and a forestry representative will be able to provide you with more information. 



  • Need info. on contracts available in n.b. for Precommercial Thinning.

    Asked on June 7, 2015 at 7:28pm

    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI.

    JDI has pre-commercial thinning operations underway on lands we manage throughout NB.   Pre-commercial thinning is carried out by JDI's contractors who are responsible to hire their own workforce.

    If you would like further information, please contact Jason Killam at (506) 423-8291 or killam.jason@jdirving.com

  • Who do I contact about selling wood off our land?

    Asked on June 2, 2015 at 7:34pm

    Dear Brittany, 

    Thank you for writing into Just Ask JDI. 

    We have a team of professional foresters dedicated to woodlot services.  You can contact our 1 800 number or you can call one of the team members direct.   You can also visit JDIwoodproducers.com and go to Woodlot Services to see what we offer. 






  • I have 20 years of managerial experience in the auto rental industry. Do you have any related openings within your fleet departments?

    Asked on January 6, 2015 at 6:36pm

    We are always looking for people with strong experience to join our team. We keep our careers website up-to-date with events and all current openings with our organization. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest on careers with JDI. Thank you for your email! 


  • what questions will be asked in second round interview that interviewed by managers? How should I prepare it?

    Asked on December 19, 2014 at 5:52pm

    A second round interview is typically held with the Hiring Manager for the position as well as others from the business operations.  At this level of interview you should be prepared for more technical related questions or scenarios based on your profession and experience, field of study, and the position for which you are applying.  The business may also want to understand your motivations for considering the position and how you would like to grow your career with JDI. 


  • What happened to the court case involving a JKI employee locating a road through a blue heron colony?

    Asked on December 7, 2014 at 6:57pm

    Thanks for your email. The incident you are referring to is the only charge ever laid against JDI under the Migratory Birds Act. It is important to note that no blue herons died as a result of the incident. Our company was fined $10,000 under section 6(a) of the Migratory Bird Act.  Following the incident we also contributed $50,000 to Bird Studies Canada in Sackville N.B. for bird research.

    The road adjacent to the original colony of 29 nests was blocked off and the colony was added to JDI's Unique Areas Program. The colony subsequently grew to 64 nests by 2008 and maintained a stable population up to the latest ground survey of the area.

    We have 260 sites (14413 ha) that have Bird as their primary significance in the database.  Within NB only, there are 206 sites (13301ha).

    ‎We monitor this site regularly and the Manager of the Unique Areas Program has scheduled a site visit in June/July of 2015.

    The company has been internationally recognized for bird habitat research and conservation.


  • I have been trying to get more information on apprenticeships with Irving as a machinist. Where would I find further info on job fairs, openings, etc?

    Asked on November 27, 2014 at 5:02pm

    Thank you for your email. The careers section of our website is updated regularly with events and current openings with JDI. You can find all of the information as it's posted by clicking here. You can also follow us on Twitter at @JDICareers to see the latest career and recruitment opportunities.

  • Why do you not respond to the emails sent to irvingcareers@jdirving.com? I've only received an automated message. Its been almost a month now and no reply.

    Asked on November 24, 2014 at 5:02pm
    The mailbox for irvingcareers@jdirving.com is monitored daily and is intended to be used when applicants experience trouble completing the online application form.  We responded as quickly as possible to resolve these issues.  Applicants wishing to submit an application can follow the instructions in the automated response to complete the online application form.
  • Hi, do you have specific requirements for labourers, welders and spray painters to be considered?

    Asked on November 22, 2014 at 8:44am

    Job postings in all of these areas, would contain details about the skills, experience and training required.  We encourage you to check out the careers section of our website by clicking here. Thank you for your email.

  • JDI claims they care about our forests according to one of your television commercials. If this is the case, after a MASS clear-cutting operation, why are the cut trees replaced with only 1 species? NB forests are mixed so in that case shouldn't they be replaced with both soft and hardwood trees? Also, why does JDI feel the necessity to clear numerous square kilometres of NB forests. When my daughter is my age, the beautiful mixed NB forests no longer be around aside from protected areas.

    Asked on November 18, 2014 at 2:15pm

    Thank you for your question. We currently grow both softwoods and hardwoods and plant 6 species of softwoods.  Since hardwood regenerates naturally, we work to grow healthy tolerant hardwood stands.  Today New Brunswick has more hardwood than it did 50 years ago.

  • how many people visit the Irving nature park yearly?

    Asked on November 12, 2014 at 11:46pm

    Over 4 million people have visited the Irving Nature Park since it opened in 1992.  Currently, we average about 220,000 visitors a year.  For more info on Irving Nature Park programs, follow them on Facebook (IrvingNaturePark) or visit them on the web at Irving Nature Park.

  • If I worked for one of the companies (i.e. Kent) and wanted to work for another Irving company, is it possible?

    Asked on November 12, 2014 at 11:22pm

    Yes.  Based on your skill, experience and location we encourage you to explore other opportunities within the JDI group of companies.

  • Are there any permits for picking up discarded wood in the areas around Cloverdale, NB? If there is a cost amount how much is it? My family has worked for Irving for years in the woods and I see a lot of wood going to waste. My grandfather and father wanted to ask. I am very interested in your reply.

    Asked on November 12, 2014 at 11:16pm

    We don’t provide permits on our freehold land in this area.  However you can apply for permits on Crown Land from the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Thinning a forest conventionally and spraying chemicals on a forest are about the same cost. Why does JDI choose to spray New Brunswick forests with poisons rather than employ New Brunswickers and have healthier woodlands?

    Asked on November 9, 2014 at 5:36pm

    We do employ more than 200 New Brunswickers in thinning the forests we own and manage every year.  We do use herbicide  - typically once every 60 years - on some planted areas that are overcome by raspberry bushes.  The product we use is approved by Health Canada, World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration. 

  • I just saw a ad online about working in the forests of New Brunswick and was just wondering what are the steps to working with JDI. I am a Canadian Forces member and have been since 2008 I have recently started a family and bought a home I don't want to leave them anymore for long periods but also love New Brunswick and I do not wish to return to Quebec were I am from. Curious to hear back.

    Asked on November 8, 2014 at 5:35pm

    All of our current jobs are listed on JDICareers.com, and we update our listings regularly. 

    We encourage you to review the career section of our site, and apply for a position that matches your skill set and experience.

    Thank you for your email. 

  • Would it be possible to let the people of New Brunswick know an approximate dollar amount that all your company employees pay in both Federal and Provincial taxes?

    JDI has forestry-related operations in 13 different communities across all regions of New Brunswick. The main activities of these operations include: woodlands, logging, sawmills, pulp & paper mills and tissue plants. In 2013, JDI’s New Brunswick forest products operations boosted provincial GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by $1 billion.

    In 2013, the employment income generated by JDI forestry-related operations in New Brunswick resulted in approximately:

    • Personal income taxes paid: $80.6 million*
    • HST paid: $34.7 million*
    • An estimated $9.7 million in personal property taxes paid (local & provincial)*  
    • An estimated $58 million worth of indirect taxes (e.g. corporate property taxes, fuel taxes, vehicle license fees, land transfer taxes, and any sales taxes arising out of the corporate activity).
    • In total, an estimated $183 million worth of tax revenue.

    *SOURCES: Using the Ernst & Young 2013 Personal Tax Calculator. Only shows the estimated income taxes owed ­ not including any potential deductions. HST was derived using Statistics Canada Table 203 – 0001: Survey of Household Spending (SHS) for 2010.

  • Hi, what kind of tissue products does your Toronto-based plant produce and what is its capacity in tonns? Is it all TAD technology-based?

    Asked on November 7, 2014 at 2:47am

    Our tissue plant in Toronto produces high quality consumer bathroom, towel, facial and napkin tissue products using both TADD and dry crepe methods. Thank you for your email. 

  • Why aren't DNR forest rangers allowed to inspect your operations on Crown land when they are in progress?

    Asked on November 5, 2014 at 2:51pm

    Actually, your assumption is incorrect.  DNR staff and inspectors are regularly onsite JDI’s forest operations, especially on Crown land. In addition to auditing and inspecting in-progress operations, they regularly review operating areas before they commence, as well as after they have been completed. Harvesting, trucking, road construction/maintenance and silviculture projects are reviewed.

  • Hi, I am in grade 12 and planning to undertake engineering at university. Do you have internship or bursary programs I could apply for?

    Asked on October 26, 2014 at 7:28pm

    Thank you for your email. We are hiring engineers on a regular basis and we do support paid university coop placements through a number of universities that offer engineering. Currently, however, we do not have entry-level scholarships or bursaries.

  • How do I get my resume to you? What email address do I send it to? Thank you.

    Asked on October 21, 2014 at 6:26pm

    Hi there. You can send your resume to us via the “Careers” section of www.jdirving.com. You can also search all available jobs, and apply for specific positions. Just click here to go directly to that section.

  • I have my certificate in welding at nbcc and wondering if JDI hires apprentices?

    Asked on September 24, 2014 at 12:17pm

    Thanks for your question and yes we do hire apprentices. To learn more about current opportunities at JDI, visit our Careers page or follow us on Twitter for the latest job postings.

  • How much money does Irving companies get from the Canadian tax payer every year. Including Railroad Electrical half price deal and mileage on their trucks in the forestry division?

    Asked on September 14, 2014 at 11:49am

    Please forward more information on alleged “half-price deal on electricity” as we are not familiar with this.  We have reduced our consumption of electricity in NB through investments in efficiency and other fuel sources like biomass. 

    The railroad employs over 200 people in NB, generating millions in provincial taxes and consumer spending.  There was a one-time federal stimulus funding program (2009) to upgrade our track.  We did participate and also invested $18 million of our own money. There was also funding from the NB Climate Change Action Fund for another railway project in 2009 for which the Company invested over $500,000 of its own money.

  • I was wondering when JDI is going to remove the piling placed in the middle of the S.W. Miramichi below Half Moon about one and one half miles .It sure ruins the look of a nice river.

    Asked on September 13, 2014 at 2:25pm

    Thanks for your email. This piling is in place and has been used in the past to support a temporary bridge in order to facilitate access to land located between the river and the CNR rail line. While we have not installed the temporary bridge in recent years, we anticipate using it again at some time in the future. We believe this type of structure provides several safety, environmental and aesthetic advantages over other crossing options.

  • Is JDI a Canadian-based company? I understand that the roots of the company come from New Brunswick, but is it true that for taxation purposes, the business is based out of Canada?

    Asked on September 11, 2014 at 12:43pm

    J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) is a New Brunswick company, and we’ve been based here since 1882 with our main office in Saint John. As a Canadian corporation, we have contributed to the Canadian tax system for many years. 

  • I am a resident of New Brunswick with a background in mining engineering in Pennsylvania. I am not ready to retire but want to stay here. Are there any opportunities for me at JDI in civil, environmental or gas well development projects?

    Asked on September 4, 2014 at 11:21am

    While we are not involved with gas well development, we do have a variety of diverse opportunities across our business units. You can check out current postings by clicking here.

  • Do current JDI employees have access to and are supported by their employer to further their formal education while continuing their careers at JDI? If so, what is the criteria that must be met to apply and is it required to be a program related to their current field of work?

    Asked on August 31, 2014 at 9:28pm

    We are very committed to employee development and we do support employees through various educational programs that could be related to their role or a future role they are working toward.

    The decision on whether an educational program is appropriate is made in conjunction with the employee’s manager to determine if the employee meets those criteria.  If the determination is made that the criteria is met, then we support the employee through this and they sign a related agreement.

  • Hi, what would be the upper age criteria to get a job in JDI for outside canada people?

    Asked on August 24, 2014 at 5:50am

    We look at every candidate individually and we hire based on experience and skill set for the specific position.

  • How do I apply for product donation for our Canadian registered charity?

    Asked on July 31, 2014 at 2:41pm

    We strongly believe in supporting the communities where we live and work, and welcome requests relating to Education, Environment, Health and Wellness through our online application. Due to the number of requests we receive, it typically takes up to six weeks to process a request.

  • Hi, I am interested in a position at JDI and was wondering what’s the typical wait time after applying in which I may be contacted if selected for the position.

    Asked on July 23, 2014 at 1:20pm

    Hi there and thanks for your question. The answer can vary depending on a number of factors - like how many applicants there were, what the hiring department was etc. In some cases, only applicants who have been selected for an interview may be contacted. If you have sent in an application, you can follow up by contacting irvingcareers@jdirving.com.

  • I am from Nepal and I worked in South Korea for five years as LUG Cutter & Grinder. Does your company have this type of job available?

    Asked on July 21, 2014 at 4:41pm

    Hi there - if you check out the career section of our website by clicking here, you can see all our current position listings, and determine if there is one that is the right fit for your experience. We are posting regularly and offer positions in a variety of different areas. You can also follow us on Twitter at @JDICareers to see the latest postings.

  • Does Irving have any tree trimming jobs?

    Asked on July 10, 2014 at 11:52pm

    Thanks for your questions. We have a variety of different positions available at different times and we keep all the latest postings up-to-date on our career site, which you can access by clicking here. Check back regularly because new jobs are being posted all the time. You can also follow us on Twitter @JDICareers for updates on current and upcoming opportunities.

  • Can Irving offer me a job? I am basically residing in India and I have 30 years experience in electrical and electronics controls.

    Asked on June 25, 2014 at 3:11pm

    Thank you for your question. At JDI, we hire our team members from around the world. To view our current opportunities, please visit our Careers page. You can also follow us on Twitter to get updates on our latest job postings.

  • I am currently looking for work as a steel fabrication apprentice and would like to know how I go about applying for a position with your company.

    Asked on June 20, 2014 at 9:11pm

    Thanks for your question. To learn more about current opportunities at JDI, visit our Careers page and look for postings that match your experience and interests. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest job postings.

  • How can I obtain a residual firewood permit in the Cross Lake Maine area?

    Asked on June 15, 2014 at 1:23pm


    Thank you for your question. 

    Firewood permits for our Maine Woodlands are typically issued around harvested blocks where there are small butt ends and tops to reclaim.  Permits are typically given to camp lease holders and provided by the local forester.

    No cutting of standing wood or wood yet to be trucked is allowed.

    For your area you can contact:

    Matt Stedman
    Planning Forester
    Irving Woodlands
    Ft Kent, Maine

    Cell: (207)557-1921
    Office: (207)834-5767

  • Does Irving have any janitorial or cleaning positions? If so what would the search title be in job search?

    Asked on May 20, 2014 at 11:03am

    Thanks for your question. We encourage you to click here and visit our career page - use "Custodial" or "Custodian" as keywords for searching. We do have a Team Lead, Custodial position posted now, if you'd like to check it out.

  • Is it true you will receive the rights to use off road trucks on Route 107 from Napagen to Valley Forest Road? Are off-road trucks going to travel that road and are you going to tear up the chipseal on that road?

    Asked on May 14, 2014 at 4:51pm

    Thank you for your question. We are currently building a logging road between Chipman and Deersdale that will remove the majority of truck traffic from Route 107. The Department of Transportation will keep ownership and oversight of Route 107. JDI will use regular approved and licensed highway truck configurations on this route (not off-road trucks or double trailers) and these trucks will carry legally permitted payloads. 

  • I am taking a Mechanized Forestry Operator course this September, would there be a demand with JDI?

    Asked on May 5, 2014 at 10:56pm

    Thanks for your interest and yes, we are working to grow jobs with local owner / operators of harvesting and trucking equipment in New Brunswick - specifically Sussex, Chipman, Doaktown, Saint Leonard and Kedgwick. We would be most interested in meeting with you upon successful completion of your course.

  • Are you willing to rehire people you've previously fired?

    Asked on April 15, 2014 at 11:39pm

    Thanks for your question - it's one that we would have to answer on a case by case basis. Depending on the circumstances, we would certainly consider rehiring a past employee if our organizational resource needs had changed for example, or if they had upgraded their skills and experience.

  • Is there demand for Network Administrators (CCNA) within JDI?

    Asked on April 9, 2014 at 6:23pm

    We are looking to fill positions from a variety of different areas of the business at different times. The best way to see current postings is to visit our careers page and check for opportunities that match your interests and experience. You can also follow us on Twitter to see all our position updates.

  • How can you claim to have been building this business for 130 years when Kenneth Irving the founder of the Irving empire was only born in March of 1899 which would only make him a 115 years old now?

    Asked on April 8, 2014 at 9:48am

    You are correct that Kenneth Irving was born in 1899, but the company actually began in 1882 with a sawmill and general store run by James Dergavel Irving, Kenneth Irving's father. The history of the company is publicly available on our website. If you would like to know more, click here.

  • How will JDI insure that Crown Land forests will be managed in a sustainable way?

    Asked on April 3, 2014 at 6:40pm

    We are committed to managing Crown Land forests in a sustainable way. Below are some key points that illustrate our commitment, along with links to supporting information:

    • Protected Natural Areas (PNA) or "No Touch" zones will be doubled from 4 per cent to 8 per cent on all NB Crown Land
    • That said, JDI's Crown License (License #7) has the largest area of PNA's compared to all other New Brunswick licenses – about 10 per cent
    • In addition to the PNA's, there are also numerous other conservation areas that must be protected on Crown Land. These include:
      • Buffer zones around all mapped and unmapped watercourses and wetlands – there have been no compromises or changes to harvesting restrictions in watercourse buffers. You can find more information on our salmon habitat studies here and you might be interested in this video on fish and water protection or this video about salmon and brook trout conservation
      • The current 58,000 hectares of "Deer Wintering Areas" on License #7 (the crown license that we manage) and we do not expect changes to this
      • Old forest conditions continue to be maintained on License #7
      • Our foresters, wildlife biologist and naturalist continue to identify raptor nests, vernal pools, rare plants and other ecological features that are added to our conservation database. In many of the forest blocks that we manage at least 10 per cent will not be harvested because of habitat, environmental or operability issues
    • Each year, we invest $1.5 million in forest research. To find out more about this investment including specific project click here.
    • We have, and will continue to undergo rigorous scrutiny through independent forest audits which measure our environmental performance on the ground. The report is available by clicking here.
  • What government grants / subsidies are JDI receiving for forest management in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010?

    Asked on April 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

    JDI has not received any grants or subsidies for any of our operational forest management programs. We do work with local universities on research projects and some of these projects have received grants or loans. This would be in addition to the $1.5 million that we invest annually in forest research.

  • What is JDI doing to look after lakes and rivers in forestry operations?

    Asked on March 26, 2014 at 5:29pm

    Sustainable forestry is about more than planting trees. We have specific criteria and targets around water quality, habitat protection, soil and more. In order to ensure true sustainability, the entire ecosystem needs to be considered. To help do this, we have experts on staff, including the only wildlife biologist working for a forestry company in Atlantic Canada.

    We maintain buffer zones around all mapped and unmapped watercourses and wetlands. There have been no compromises or changes to harvesting restrictions in watercourse buffers. Our team continues to identify unmapped streams and vernal pools that are entered into our conservation database with appropriate buffers.

    We've seen positive results on properties that we have managed for decades, and participated in studies that support what we are doing. For more on just one of these stories, click here for a short video.

  • Why JDI, when there are better opportunities in the west - money, growth, etc

    Asked on March 25, 2014 at 3:06pm

    Over the next few years, we will be offering hundreds of jobs at every level in most areas of our operation. Our compensation is competitive and we offer excellent training and development opportunities as well as a chance to explore different roles and careers within the operation.

    But the bottom line is that we know there are opportunities out west. We just believe that there are a lot of people who want to have a satisfying career here in New Brunswick. We want to be a good option for those who don't want to give up the lifestyle they have here.

  • What is the best course of action if i want to become an industrial mechanic / millwright within the JDI family?

    Asked on March 25, 2014 at 2:53pm

    We're always happy to hear from people who are interested in joining our team. The best way to prepare yourself for this career is to take a Mechanical Technician program. There is a two-year program offered at NBCC – this co-op program is the best route to take.

  • 500 new jobs for 660,000 cubic metres of Crown wood is not enough. How does JDI respond?

    Asked on March 24, 2014 at 4:44pm

    As a company that has been allocated about 400,000 cubic metres of Crown wood, JDI is doing more than creating over 300 full-time jobs, it is sustaining approximately 7,300 direct and indirect jobs in New Brunswick that amount to over $445 million/year in wages, as well as over $400 million in supplier purchases from 1,700 New Brunswick suppliers in 250 communities.

    This increase in Crown wood will also generate 1.2 million person hours of construction work. The $513 million investment to sustain and grow jobs by JDI will result in 1,200 full-time construction jobs, and a construction-related payroll in excess of $60 million.

    New Brunswick needs more jobs and more economic activity. Forests are a renewable resource and we are committed to managing them sustainably. The good news is that the impact of the new forest policy is many times greater than just 500 jobs.

  • What is JDI doing to protect rare plants?

    Asked on March 21, 2014 at 2:08am

    It's important to have processes in place for how we handle rare plants when we find them, but we also have to make sure we are finding them in the first place. Ensuring the teams who are working out in the woods have the right training is the first step. Here's a short video that speaks to our approach: https://vimeo.com/89621195

  • I'm just getting into the workforce and do not have a lot of training. I really want to work for JDI. Do you have entry level positions for those who lack the specialized education?

    Asked on March 20, 2014 at 11:29pm

    Over the next few years we will have thousands of opportunities at all different levels in various parts of our operation. Depending on where your interests lie, there could be a number of jobs that are a fit for you. To view current opportunities, please visit our careers page by clicking here. You can also follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.

  • I'm tired of working in AB. How can I get a job with Irving at one of its Dieppe plants?

    Asked on March 20, 2014 at 4:25pm

    Thanks for your question - we're always happy to hear from people who are looking to make the move to New Brunswick. Opportunities throughout our operation are regularly updated. The best way to find jobs that interest you and match your skills and experience is to bookmark our employment page and check it regularly. Click here to view it now. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates.

  • I own and operate a Waste Management / Vacuum Truck company. We have worked at mills in the past (Arbec in Miramichi and the JDI Sawmill in Doaktown). Is there a person I could contact to to find out what is out there within JDI at its larger mills for work within my profession? And what training is needed? I am an entrepreneur and would like to grow my business within the industrial sector in my line of work.

    Asked on March 19, 2014 at 11:08pm

    Thank you for your interest. We encourage you to contact our supply chain management group directly at supplychain@jdirving.com. You can also review the questions we typically ask potential suppliers by clicking here.

  • I'm a high school student in Oromocto, NB and I want to be a train mechanic for JDI. What courses do I need to be in that position?

    Asked on March 10, 2014 at 1:43am

    It's good to hear that you are interested in this career with JDI. Our locomotive mechanics are all either Industrial Mechanics through the provincial apprenticeship program or are going through the Industrial Mechanic apprenticeship program while they gain their work hours with us. The one-year Industrial Mechanic course at NBCC will get you Block 1 towards your provincial apprenticeship. Other related trades include Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Mechanics.

    JDI also employs Car Men who work on Rail Cars. They sometimes come through as Track Labourers or Maintainers and then do an internal apprenticeship that is four years. Being a certified welder is also recommended for this position.

    You can link here to a short video of a student working at the railway in Saint John.

  • What is your company doing to protect deer and other wildlife habitat in NB?

    Asked on February 20, 2014 at 1:32pm

    Protecting all wildlife in NB is extremely important to us. It's a priority for our wildlife biologist here at JDI. On JDI freehold lands, more than 30 per cent of the land area will either not be harvested, or have a primary management objective or function that is not timber production. This includes wetlands and watercourses, with buffers around these features; deer wintering areas; and other critical wildlife habitats such as raptor nests, animal dens, vernal pools, or areas too steep or inaccessible to operate. 

    In respect to deer specifically, deer populations have rebounded nicely from the disastrous deep snow winters of 2008 – 09, primarily due to the last three low snow winters (2011-2013 inclusive). This is the major factor affecting deer populations in northern New Brunswick, Maine and Quebec. Independent studies by the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) report that northern NB deer populations exceed DNR forecasts.  On JDI freehold lands - some of the most intensively managed in the province – QDMA found higher deer population levels compared to on adjacent Crown land.

    It is an everyday commitment - doing our very best with science, technology, and training - to find the responsible and sustainable balance for the environment, communities, and the economy.  We live and recreate in the rural communities in which we work and the local environment is of paramount importance to us. We protect all wildlife species and maintain clean air and water, while supporting an important sector of the economy that sustains thousands of jobs in communities across New Brunswick.

    We are proud of the work we do.  And we are proud of the results we have achieved – for habitat, water quality, and jobs.  Sustainability is about managing for the environment, jobs and our communities  – not one at the expense of the other.  We would be proud to show you on the ground how we are working to achieve sustainable, healthy forests.

  • What was the average income for a sylviculturist contractor in 2013,2012,2011&2010?

    Asked on February 11, 2014 at 12:08am

    We employ different types of contractors in this area, such as tree planters and brush saw operators.

    Tree planters work a 14-week season from early May through to mid-August. These contractors are paid on a production and quality basis (by the tree) and most of our tree planting workforce is made up of university students. Because the work is paid based upon production, our experienced high production planters can make double what a new inexperienced planter will earn. Our "average" tree planter earnings over the past several years have been $800-$900 per week.

    Our brush saw operators do pre-commercial thinning and planted stand cleaning work. The work season for these folks runs from May through to November each year. This work is also paid based upon production and job quality. The "learning curve" to become highly efficient and productive doing this work could take a full season, and again a well experienced operator could achieve double the production of a new recruit. An experienced "average" brush saw operator would expect to earn $1,200-$1,500 per week on our work sites. From these earnings the operator would need to pay for his saw and fuel.

  • If things are so good in New Brunswick, why are people leaving for the west?

    Asked on November 14, 2013 at 6:27pm

    In our "I'm with JDI" ad campaign we are sharing our feeling that New Brunswick is a great place, and lots of people are excited by the opportunity to stay and work here. We chose to profile some of our real employees who work and live in this province, and are happy to be here.

    That said, we recognize that a number of people have moved to other provinces to seek out opportunities. At JDI, we can offer an alternative to that, and we want to let people know that we have a number of good career opportunities here in New Brunswick. We are looking to hire about 7,000 people between now and 2015 across our operation and 2,800 of these jobs are in New Brunswick. There are opportunities in trades, as well as professions like finance and engineering. We are committed to growing great career opportunities locally, and we work closely with the local community colleges to keep young New Brunswickers at home.

    We need good people throughout our organization, and we'd like to see people have the option to stay here, or come home. For more information about opportunities in New Brunswick, check out our website - JDIjobs.ca.

  • Hello! I am a recent graduate with an undergrad in Business, and am looking for employment to jump-start my career. Are there any positions at JDI that help recent grads get experience they desperately need to succeed in today's job market? More specifically, I am interested in working in HR.

    Asked on November 4, 2013 at 3:43pm

    Thanks for your question. We hire people across a number of different disciplines, Human Resources being one of those. We look for people with varying levels of experience as we hire for many different positions, from entry-level to senior roles. The best way to keep on top of our current career opportunities is to check out our Careers page. Here, you’ll be able to determine what positions align best with your experience and career objectives. We encourage you to take a look and apply to those that are of interest to you. Job-related information and new opportunities are also posted to our Twitter account on a regular basis, if you want to follow us for convenient updates.

  • Why can't we go hunting on your land?

    Asked on November 1, 2013 at 11:07pm

    Thank you for your question. The vast majority of JDI owned land is open to unrestricted hunting in season with a few exceptions in New Brunswick where we restrict areas for the use of local game and fishing clubs with whom we have relationships, or JDI employees. These restricted areas are typically gated. They include a portion of the Black Brook freehold land, northwestern New Brunswick and a portion of the Deersdale freehold land (near Juniper-Napadogan).

    We also have some restrictions on a portion of our Miramichi Timberlands, were we require you to have a daily pass. In this area we sometimes impose restrictions to ensure the maintenance of a healthy moose population. Typically, 50 to 60 moose licenses are issued. The final number is determined by our company wildlife biologist based on a variety of factors each year.

    All our freehold land in Maine and all the land we own in Nova Scotia is open to hunting in season.

    Apart from fish and game clubs, we do work with a number of other recreational groups to help people enjoy the woods including ATV clubs, snowmobile and we donated over 380 km of former railways along the Trans-Canada Trail system. Also, we have the Irving Nature Park in Saint John and the Dunes at Bouctouche which are open to the public for walking, hiking and hands-on eco education programs for over 5000 students per year.

    If you need more detailed information about a specific area, please feel free to reach out to us and we can provide you that information directly.

  • Can you give me a source that provides price per ton of standing of standing timber, by species (i.e. Gum, oak etc), in North Carolina for October 2008?

    Asked on October 21, 2013 at 10:55am

    As our operations are located in NB, NS and Maine, we are not able to provide insight into forest products sector in North Carolina.

  • Can you tell me more about your Community College co-op programs? I have always been an outdoor guy and would love to spend my days working in the woods. What kind of jobs do you offer that would let me do that?

    Asked on October 20, 2013 at 12:13pm

    Thank you for your question. We're proud to offer a variety of job opportunities for co-op students. Positions are posted through the local colleges and universities and can also be found on our Careers page. We encourage you to take a look and apply to those that are of interest to you. We're also on Twitter @JDICareers.

  • Tell me why Diesel Fuel is more expensive than Gasoline. Diesel is much cheaper to refine than gasoline. Please explain!

    Asked on October 14, 2013 at 1:39pm

    Your question pertains to Irving Oil, but this site is operated by J.D. Irving, Limited. The two companies are separate entities, each with its own business focus. If you would like to know more about J.D. Irving, Limited and our operations please visit our website at www.jdirving.com.

  • How much does the Irving empire pay the province in stumpage fees. Is it still 30% below fair market value?

    Asked on October 7, 2013 at 9:33pm

    Thanks for your question. All mills receiving wood harvested from Crown land must be paid for at 100% of the Fair Market Value (FMV) price, which is determined from an independent survey of standing timber sold from private land in the region. These surveys are done every three to five years. Between the years that the FMV survey is conducted, the Crown stumpage rates are adjusted based on the change in price for finished products (lumber, pulp, paper, etc.).

    Licensees receive a credit for the management services they provide at the request and benefit of the Department of Natural Resources. In 2013, this rate has been set at $5.15 per cubic metre by the government. Stumpage fees are only part of the revenue generated to the province from Crown land. On average, a cubic metre of Crown wood generates over $42 in total tax revenue to New Brunswick (this includes stumpage fees, property taxes of the people and operations that process the wood, HST from consumer spending, personal income taxes from employment income, etc.).

    There are 1,370 businesses throughout New Brunswick that depend on a sustainable forest sector (75% of these have less than 10 employees). The New Brunswick Forest Products Association estimates that over $250 million/year in direct taxes is paid.

  • I saw thousand upon thousands of tiny seedlings tossed in a ditch on Irving land between Minto and Chipman. Why were they not planted?

    Asked on October 2, 2013 at 3:29pm

    Thank you for your question. Seedlings from the Department of Natural Resources nursery at Kingsclear are shipped in trays that can hold up to 330 seedlings. Seeds are planted in a gauze plug that contains peat moss; however, not all of the seeds in these plugs germinate, which causes empty plugs. Also, some seedlings do not meet specifications because they are undersized, broken or unhealthy when leaving the nursery. Acceptable seedling counts in the trays range from as little as 250 to just over 300 seedlings per tray.

    During planting, our tree planters remove the seedlings from the trays and place them in bags so that they can be carried into the planting block. Planters remove any plugs without a seedling and cull any unacceptable seedlings prior to putting them in their bags. The culls are piled on the side of the road or in the ditch so that JDI supervisors can inspect them. This inspection is done daily to ensure that there are minimal acceptable seedlings thrown away.

    Understandably, these cull piles appear to have hundreds or thousands of wasted seedlings. The piles are placed on the side of the road or ditch so that they are very visible to JDI supervisors or DNR. It would be much more difficult to control culling of seedlings if this process took place throughout the entire planting block and would eliminate the opportunity for inspection and feedback by the supervisor.

    With a great team of about 300 people every summer (most of them local students) we are planting at least one seedling for every harvest – since 1957, we have planted over 900 million. While tree planting has concluded for this year, we would welcome the opportunity to take you to a nearby tree planting effort next summer.

  • Why does the company insist on replanting just the one species(spruce) instead of replanting the hardwoods that are taken/destroyed when clear cutting?

    Asked on October 2, 2013 at 3:24pm

    Actually, there is a lot of thought and planning that goes into replanting a harvested area. We ensure that at least one seedling is planted for every tree we harvest, but every site is replanted with a mix of different species, which are chosen depending on the terrain, soil conditions and climate to ensure the best growth. We continue to manage these replanted areas, selectively thinning some of the trees at about 25 and 35 years to ensure that the others can grow.

    Although we manage hardwood sites, we do not replant hardwood as it regenerates and thrives naturally. There is actually more hardwood in New Brunswick today than there was 50 years ago.

    We have been nationally and internationally recognized over the years not only for our conservation efforts (we have over 2,000 conservation zones to protect wildlife and plant habitats), but also for our research in this area. We understand that our woodlands are a renewable resource and we are always looking for better ways to ensure biodiversity and healthy forests for the future. Recognized scientists have monitored and studied the biodiversity in our replanted areas to help ensure that we are always improving our processes. Additionally, the Department of Natural Resources and the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) conduct annual audits of our forest management to certify it. Click here for the most recent report.

    We are proud of the work we do, and our commitment to ensuring biodiversity and healthy wildlife populations. We would be happy to host you for a tour of our forest management operation to answer any additional questions you may have.

  • When I have the time to take a walk in the woods early in the morning, the birds chirping, the crisp air filling my lungs and my eyes overwhelmed with the shear beauty of our natural forest, I feel alive. When I take a drive along the number 2 highway in New Brunswick, I now feel as though I have been robbed. I no longer see a diverse forest thriving and growing in the natural cycle of decay and rebirth. I see a plotted out field of one specie of tree. I see those trees dying from the roots up for there is no room for them to grow. I see a forest that does not fill me with joy, but a forest that fills me with shame of what I have allowed happen to our beautiful province. If we must take from the forests of New Brunswick, why can we not replace it to its natural state?

    Asked on October 2, 2013 at 12:11am

    Thank you for your question. We acknowledge your concern, but would like to point out that the forest is always changing – even the areas that you walk in and enjoy could have been harvested multiple times. There has been a long history of forest harvesting and regrowth here in New Brunswick, and it remains a beautiful province that we are proud to call home.

    We do, in fact, replant in many areas that we harvest, but we plant multiple species on all these sites. Well-recognized scientists have closely studied biodiversity on our lands, particularly focusing on the planted areas. We take active measures to ensure that critical wildlife habitat and biodiversity is maintained in these areas and those adjacent to them. Most of our planted areas are also selectively harvested by thinning out some trees between the ages of 25 and 35 years in order to provide more room for the trees to grow.

    We are active in habitat research and conservation. Today, we manage over 2,000 sites, protecting birds, wildlife, old growth forest and plant habitat. In addition, we are responsible for tens of thousands of kilometers of watercourse buffers along rivers, lakes and streams.

    Every year, audits are completed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Sustainable Forestry initiative (SFI) who certify our forest management. Click here for the most recent SFI report.

    In terms of hardwood, it naturally regenerates very well, and today, we have more hardwood in New Brunswick than we did 50 years ago.

    We are proud of our forest management and our efforts to ensure healthy wildlife populations and biodiversity is maintained. We would be pleased to host you to take a closer look at our management and results on the ground if you are interested.

  • I just finished watching this documentary www.isourforestreallyours.com the other day. I have also seen the commercial with John Gilbert. You know, the one that misleads viewers by showing Jim walking through the Irving park just outside Saint John instead of an actual plot of Acadian forest land belonging to the Crown that's been completely destroyed. Why does Irving find it necessary to mislead the general public with propaganda?

    Asked on October 1, 2013 at 11:48pm

    John has been working in the forests of New Brunswick for over 30 years and his commitment to healthy forests and habitats is an everyday effort. He is the only full time wildlife biologist employed by a forestry company in NB and we are proud to have him on our team, and proud of what we have accomplished together over the years. His work has resulted in over 2,000 conservation zones in New Brunswick (a number that continues to grow), tens of thousands of kilometres of watercourse buffers and an ongoing investment in forest research and best practices that come from good science. John has been a big part of the national and international honours we have received for habitat conservation including: 

    • International recognition for research and conservation efforts regarding the wild Atlantic salmon from the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF)
    • National recognition from the Nature Conservancy of Canada for setting aside one of North America's last fully functioning estuaries (Musquash) and for the largest private land conservation project in Atlantic Canada (5,000 acres of key habitat protected in Digby)
    • Recipient of the Canadian Council of Ecological Areas (CCEA) award for wildlife and habitat protection
    • Recipient of the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for research and conservation of aquatic habitat
    • Recognition from the World Wildlife Fund in London, England for conservation and research efforts
    • First industrial recipient of the national Recreational Fisheries Award from the Government of Canada for conservation and research efforts
    • Recognition from The Nature Conservancy (U.S.) for proactive, voluntary efforts in establishing protected areas
    • Recognition for volunteer efforts with the Saint John River Protection Zone (Maine)
    • Recognition from the US Department of the Interior for conservation of northern woodcock populations

    The Irving Nature Park itself is an area we have permanently protected for public enjoyment and is the location of several unique ecosystems. Each year, over 500 students enjoy fully funded, hands-on ecosystem education programs delivered by trained park staff. The site is representative of the conservation efforts we have undertaken in Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and is consistent with the work John does every day in the woods. Over 2 million visitors have enjoyed the park to date, and over 250 species have been recorded in this area alone.

    If you have questions about a particular area, we'd be happy to speak to you directly to answer them. For more on our conservation efforts, you can visit our website www.jdirving.com. We also welcome you to visit the Irving Nature Park Facebook page to find out more about park activities.

  • Do you offer internships?

    Asked on August 3, 2013 at 3:18pm

    We offer internships, co-op and summer student positions at JDI. In fact, we're recognized as a Top Employer of Youth by the Conference Board of Canada. We're proud to offer valuable work experience for students - this allows you and our managers to identify potential opportunities for full-time employment with our company. You can check out all available postings at jdirving.com/careers.

  • After watching the recent floods in Alberta and subsequent stream damage it is a relief to see that JDI does a good job with engineering forestry operations here in NB so as to better protect our beloved rivers and streams. Can you give us an example of what goes into a road culvert installation?

    Asked on July 31, 2013 at 1:54pm

    Water is essential to maintain sustainable forests, the growth of healthy trees and balanced ecosystems, as well as preserving wildlife habitat. To prevent erosion, we ensure appropriate buffers between our forestry operations, streams and other bodies of water. In 2012, JDI managed watercourse buffers totaling 192,270 hectares (approximately 475,000 acres), which was comparable to previous years.
    We continued work to minimize stream crossings. There were 111 stream crossings in 2012, reduced from 195 in 2008. We maintained 100 per cent compliance with stream-crossing regulations in 2012 and continue to apply preventive measures to reduce stream-crossing impacts.

    Scientific research helps us understand, protect and manage the water in our woodlands. We provided water mapping for the New Brunswick Aquatic Data Warehouse - an online, GIS-based repository of fisheries and aquatic information - for the Department of Natural Resources. The information provided a detailed picture of fish habitat on the headwaters of the Miramichi and Restigouche rivers, as well as juvenile fish population data.

    We work closely with groups like the Canadian Rivers Institute, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the Miramichi Salmon Association. As part of these efforts, we have a voluntary fish-stocking program to improve wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout populations in local rivers. To date, we have raised and released over one million fish in this conservation effort.

    All water protection efforts and bridge construction are audited by state or provincial regulators, company personnel and third party experts from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (all woodlands) and the Forest Stewardship Council (Maine woodlands) who certify our sustainable forest management.

    Want to learn more? Visit our website.

  • I am a recent graduate in Civil Engineering. I am looking for a career but it's difficult to find one here in the East Coast. I would like to stay true to my roots. Does JDI have career opportunities?

    Asked on July 30, 2013 at 8:35pm

    Absolutely. In fact, we have 6,500 new career opportunities opening up over the course of the next two and a half years. We have all of our job openings posted online - jdirving.com/careers. We encourage you to register and apply.

  • How does your company justify clearcutting sugar maple stands that are well over one hundred years old (some likely 300+ years old) and replacing them with softwood monoculture plantations? I can personally take you to places where this has been done. I have two forestry degrees and left the profession largely over my disgust of practices of forest companies such as yours. I could not sleep at night having a part in these practices! I dare you to post this question and your reply on your website!

    Asked on July 28, 2013 at 9:01pm

    Our policy is not to clear-cut quality, tolerant hardwood stands and convert them to softwood plantations. Many years ago, we did clear-cut and plant some hardwood stands with softwood, but our practices and policies have evolved since that time. We have had policies against tolerant hardwood conversions in place for more than ten years. Today, there is more hardwood in New Brunswick than there was 50 years ago.

    We are proud of our forest management, and we work hard to be balanced and responsible from environmental, economic and social perspectives. Our operations are monitored and inspected regularly by third-party auditors to ensure we are conforming with regulatory and forest certification standards.

    If you have any concerns about a specific location, please let us know and we will look into it.

  • I am currently in the accreditation process for business communications. Will JDI have any opportunities in this field in the near future?

    Asked on July 14, 2013 at 12:23pm

    That's great news for you. We have a variety of openings that you can check out at jdirving.com/careers. We are hiring for 6,500 positions over the next two and a half years, so we encourage you to take a look. If you find a job, or jobs, that interest you, we suggest that you register online and apply.

  • Do you have any jobs for electricians?

    Asked on July 11, 2013 at 8:45am

    We have all of our job openings posted right in one spot - jdirving.com/careers. We encourage you to register and apply for jobs that are of interest to you.

  • I am a 45 year old man with a degree in business administration, with 25 year experience in the concrete construction industry. I live in Grand Falls, NB and really would like to stay here. Not opposed to working somewhere else during the week and being home on the weekends. Always have felt like I am underemployed and really do need a career change. Recently I have been working in Saskatchewan, the money is good, however the travel can be difficult.

    Asked on July 5, 2013 at 12:41pm

    We're glad to hear that you want to stay close to home. From now until 2015, we're hiring for almost 3,000 jobs in New Brunswick. We want to keep people here or bring them home.

    We have a variety of openings throughout the Maritimes and we suggest that you register and apply for jobs that could interest you via jdirving.com/careers. Qualified candidates who meet the requirements for each position are then called.

  • I'm new to the Maritimes, and have heard SO much about Irving and have seen myself a lot of AWESOME things the Irving company does and gives back to the East Coast! How can I put my skills to use and be a part of the team?

    Asked on June 28, 2013 at 9:38am

    Thank you for your interest in JDI. We have a variety of openings throughout the Maritimes. We would welcome an opportunity to understand your skill set and experience as it relates to our current job openings.

    We ask that you please register and apply online via jdirving.com/careers. Qualified candidates who meet the requirements for each position are then called.

  • I just graduated with a Business and Office Accounting Diploma and cannot find a full-time job, not even part-time, I don't want to leave my hometown, my family and my house.....what would you suggest I do???

    Asked on June 19, 2013 at 1:45pm

    We have a number of accounting positions posted on our career site. We welcome your application after viewing the opportunities on jdirving.com/careers.

    We thank all candidates for their interest. Those who are selected for interviews, based on the skills and experience required, will be contacted.

  • We've had a number of people from our group who have applied to your company but never hear back. There are many who are in both the industrial side and in the business side yet if there are so many jobs, why are we not hearing from you when we apply?

    Asked on June 14, 2013 at 4:28pm

    Each person who applies online receives an immediate email response thanking them for and confirming receipt of their application and résumé.  We thank every applicant for considering a career with our company and advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

  • I moved back from Ontario and have worked in the service industry for years, but would like to change careers. Any suggestions on what I could do or if you have any jobs in the career industry?

    Asked on June 3, 2013 at 8:50am

    Choose something you enjoy and are passionate about. A majority (about 70 per cent) of the hiring we will undertake over the next few years will be focused on trades: electrical, mechanical, instrumentation etc. Our region is home to community colleges that provide meaningful classroom training and workplace experiences.  We will also be hiring qualified candidates interested in pursuing careers in finance, engineering, supply chain, human resources, information technology and customer service.

  • Hello, I have recently graduated from a 1 year Human Services course through the New Brunswick Community College. Do you have a human services/counselling dept that work for JDI. Lots of major corporations offer human services to their clients or their staff. Just wondering :)

    Asked on June 2, 2013 at 10:17am

    Thanks for your email! Between 2013 and 2015 we anticipate hiring human resource professionals, however we work with third party service providers regarding human service programs and support.

  • This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Byrne Commission, which laid the groundwork for Premier Louis Robichaud's Equal Opportunity Programme. The programme was supposed to expand industry to rural New Brunswick, which in turn was intended to improve the quality of life for more New Brunswickers. At the time, K. C. Irving vehemently opposed the programme, largely because it called for the end of "free-market" municipal tax concessions to industrial firms. Industrialization, as envisioned by EO, failed because of a general shift toward free-market policies (such as low corporate taxation) during the 1970s and since. However, Irving companies have prospered. Given New Brunswick's high public debt and the austerity measures that many New Brunswickers have had to endure as a result (such as cuts to healthcare and education), would J.D. Irving support raising corporate taxes now?

    Asked on May 30, 2013 at 12:55am

    Our companies pay applicable taxes in the jurisdictions where we are proud to live and work.  In 2012, as part of New Brunswick’s 2013 provincial budget deliberations, JDI supported increasing provincial corporate tax rates back to 2008 levels, with the provision that any additional revenue collected from this effort would be applied directly to debt reduction, alleviating the burden on future generations. In New Brunswick’s provincial budget, tabled March 26, 2013, the government raised corporate taxes back up to 12 per cent from 10 per cent resulting in an estimated $17 million in additional revenue.

    The most recent information from an independent economist regarding employment income generated by JDI companies in New Brunswick ($775 million in direct and indirect employment income) confirms approximately $122 million in personal income taxes paid, $58 million in HST paid and an estimated $15.2 million in personal property taxes paid (local and provincial).

    JDI companies in New Brunswick also generated an estimated $110 million worth of indirect taxes, including corporate property taxes, fuel taxes, vehicle license fees, land transfer taxes and any sales taxes arising out of our corporate activity.

  • In our new economy that is so focused on technology and energy, is it fair to say that the pulp and paper industry is a dying industry?

    We don’t think so. Technology and leading edge science play a big role in our pulp and paper operations today. We have over 200 IT professionals, many of whom are dedicated to forest products operations and the various modeling programs that allow us to plan 50 years ahead.  We were pretty excited when our seedlings were selected for research aboard the International Space Station.

    Over 30 years ago we were pioneers in the use of GIS and GPS technology and today we are now using LIDAR mapping. We have also been nationally recognized for developing the world’s first application of reverse osmosis at our pulp mill to improve water quality. More recently, our research on forests and climate change by Chris Hennigar, a recent UNB post-graduate student, has been recognized internationally. We know that continued investment in the skills of our people, research, new products and our mills is what keeps us in the global race.

  • Does JDI believe in pay equity? If so, what policies do you have in place to support this?

    We work to provide competitive wages and benefits based on the skill and experience of the employee and the work they perform. In all of our operations, we are compliant with all applicable regulations that govern the health, safety and compensation of our employees.

  • How does JDI support students who want to have careers in New Brunswick? So many young people want to go out West because there are so many good-paying jobs out there.

    Each year we welcome over 500 students to our operations. It is a great chance for them to gain experience, skill and get to know us as a potential employer. Student positions for the Fall 2013 term have been posted at local universities and colleges. Please check out our Careers page to browse our current openings and apply online, and follow us on Twitter for updates @JDICareers.

    We also engage students through case study competitions and scholarships and we participate in several partnerships with schools, colleges and universities that focus on building the future workforce. This video speaks to one of these partnerships with a local high school.

  • What is the status of the criminal case against Irving in Quebec? Given this, how can one be assured that by working for Irving anywhere one is not breaking Canadian law?

    Asked on May 26, 2013 at 5:33am

    We cannot speak to the matter that you are referring to as it pertains to Irving Oil, not J.D. Irving, Limited. JDI is a company separate and independent of Irving Oil. We can assure you that there is no reason anyone should have legal concerns about taking a job with JDI.

  • I am a recent university graduate. What opportunities can Irving offer me?

    Asked on May 21, 2013 at 12:28pm

    We feel that JDI is a great place for new grads to start their careers. We're committed to investing in our workforce and offer professional development opportunities to our employees. We value mentorship in the workplace and partner with many universities and community colleges to provide meaningful work experience.  Yes, we have opportunities for new grads. Please check out our careers page to browse our current openings and apply online, and follow us on Twitter for updates @JDICareers.

  • Does JDI offer the opportunity of part-time or contract work in the field of data analysis?

    Asked on May 19, 2013 at 11:37am

    We do certainly hire people in the field of data analysis. Available postings are found via www.jdirving.com. Our online application database is our first "go to" place for new hires. Once you have registered you can then apply for any positions of interest and attach your resume. Applicants with the skills and experience we require for a particular opening are contacted for an interview.

  • While driving past Petitcodiac on the way to Saint John I wonder and admire all the trees that have been planted and are so beautiful. What will happen to them?

    Asked on May 18, 2013 at 12:37pm

    Our company has been planting trees since 1957. It is a long-term commitment that ensures a sustainable supply of wood and we have never missed in 66 years. To date, we have planted over 877 million trees - a national record in Canada.

    The trees in Petitcodiac are located on land that is owned by the company and would have been planted in the mid-1980s. The first harvest is often a selective harvest called 'commercial thinning'. Selected trees are harvested, creating more space and light for the larger trees to grow. On some planted sites several commercial thinnings might occur prior to a final felling that typically happens 35 to 60 years after planting. Following this, the site is typically replanted.

  • Are you looking for marketing co-ordinators? I am a recent grad of Capilano University in Vancouver and just moved back to the Saint John area.

    Asked on May 17, 2013 at 1:11pm

    It's great to hear that as a new grad you're coming back to New Brunswick to grow your career. We have a number of marketing professionals in various roles throughout our operations. Our online application at www.jdirving.com/careers is our first source for candidates for new openings and we would encourage you to apply via this link. You can also follow us on Twitter for new postings across our various business divisions.

  • Is it true that mills, in general, only have use for 40 per cent of a tree and that the rest of the tree is simply wasted. How much of each tree does JDI actually use? How does JDI add value to every tree harvested?

    We use 100 per cent of each tree that is sustainably harvested and for every one we harvest we are planting a new seedling.

  • Are all of the people in your ads real JDI employees? And are those their real jobs?

    Yes and Yes.

    Between 2013 and 2015 we will be hiring 6,500 people for all of our operations – in Canada and the U.S. (in six provinces and seven states).  The positions are the result of retirements, usual turnover and new growth in our businesses. Twenty-eight hundred of these hires will be for New Brunswick operations, and 500 are NEW jobs. We require a mixture of business professionals and tradespeople. Some of the key positions include IT professionals, skilled tradespeople, retail and woodlands machine operators.

    All career opportunities are available on the JDI Careers website and Twitter @JDICareers.