200$, 300$ and
even more per day, that’s the amount a good tree planter can earn a
day. Hard to believe? Across Canada, many individuals, younger,
elder, have been doing this job for a long time. Is this job for
A day as a
At about 6h in the morning,
after a short night because of the wildlife surrounding the lake
beside your campground, you get out of your sleeping bag and put on
your work clothes that are still cold. You savor your breakfast in
the office tent, which is used as the basic camp for the whole team
of about 12 to 45 people. Then you leave for work, all packed up in
a 4x4 pick-up.
about 200 to 300 trees in your bag, you leave, shovel in hand, on a
ground that really doesn’t look like a farmer’s field. It is really
a ground full of trunks, branches and rocks. You shovel, put a tree
in the hole and cover it. Multiply this action hundreds of times and
you have the description of a planter’s job. It is a physical job,
but first of all a psychological job because you must have a good
moral. Your salary only depends on your productivity. The first days
are the most exhausting and the ones where you earn the less. With
time and patience, you will discover certain techniques by observing
the most experienced. These tricks will help you get better and you
won’t waste your energy.
Back at camp at
about 5 p.m., you take a shower before preparing your supper and your
meal for the next day. Finally, at 9 p.m., you leave the fire place and
return to your sleeping bag where you go to sleep and think of what
you will do with the money you are earning each day.
If living in the outdoors and hard
work don’t scare you, this experience could be of interest to you.
It’s a very good opportunity to pay for your studies and to earn
some money for a trip.
Here are two helpful Internet links for your job search:
This site gives lots of advice on the necessary equipment and some
comments on the employers. Have a good visit!