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John Hancock

John Hancock

Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2023

We are a leading financial services provider committed to making decisions easier and lives better for our customers and colleagues around the world. From our environmental initiatives to our community investments, we lead with values throughout our business. To help us stand out, we help you step up, because when colleagues are healthy, respected and meaningfully challenged, we all thrive. Discover how you can grow your career, make impact and drive real change with our Winning Team today.

Working Arrangement


Job Description

Manulife Forest Management, Inc. (“MFM”) and Manulife Farmland Services, Inc. (“MFS”) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Manulife Investment Management Timber & Agriculture (“MIMTA”). MFM and MFS are property management companies that serve global institutional investors through related-party investment management groups (Manulife Timber Resource Group and Manulife Agricultural Investment Group) and third-party private investors. MFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.8 million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada. MFS oversees the agricultural assets and operations for approximately 0.3 million acres of farmland throughout the USA. Collectively, MFM and MFS represent the North American property management platform of MIMTA.

MIMTA creates value through the sustainable management of natural resource investments. Through the five pillars of its Sustainability and Responsible Investing (SRI) platform (Ecosystem Resiliency, Watershed Protection, Climate Stability, People Empowerment, and Community Prosperity), MIMTA integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors throughout all aspects of its investment decision-making and property management. MIMTAs impacts in 2020 include managing 100% of our eligible timberland investments to third-party sustainability standards and earning the first farmland certification under the new Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard. Over the past five years our forests and farms have removed an average of 2.9 million metric tons of CO2 annually, and since our founding in 1985 we have planted over 1.2 billion trees.


Manulife Forest Management, Inc., is seeking a qualified candidate to join the team in Texas, based out of Silsbee. This position supports forest management operations on approximately 130,000 acres in east Texas. Daily assignments are performed in a friendly team environment alongside a diverse group of foresters, managers and administrative personnel.

Benefits of this position:

  • A tremendous opportunity to gain proficiency across a diverse landscape with exposure to forest management; participation in safety program for contractors, stewardship of the environment, advanced pine silviculture, road maintenance, harvesting administration, timber marketing support, reforestation, inventory support, and contractor relations.

  • An opportunity to work with other MIMTA staff at various locations across the globe.

  • Implement Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) objectives and standards.

  • Gather and analyze market intelligence to help resolve prices with area mills.

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with timber procurement personnel, logging contractors, and HFM personnel in other areas.

  • Allows individual to collaborate in a team environment while working independently to meet business goals.

  • A successful candidate will have the option to be enrolled in a tax-free vehicle reimbursement plan or provided a company fleet vehicle.

  • Position provides the experience and knowledge necessary to accelerate your career in both forestry and business professions.

  • Fully remote working arrangement will be considered.

Key Activities of the position include:

  • Assisting delivered timber harvesting operations including planning, harvest layout, contract administration, timber security, quality inspections and reporting; Developing site specific silviculture prescriptions, planning, budgeting, and reporting.

  • Administering local reforestation programs to ensure successful plantations are reestablished that meet or exceed growth expectations.

  • Update inventory and mapping software in conjunction with resource support personnel.

  • Support regional stewardship activities and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI®) Program objectives.

  • Asset protection, working with external consultants, contractors and state agency personnel to ensure casualty losses are minimized.

  • Work with HFM Recreational License Administrators, hunters, and other recreational users to ensure license compliance and improve non-timber revenue.

  • Participate in special projects to add diversity and broaden skills.

Position Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Forestry or related field.

  • Minimum of 2 years forest management experience desirable.

  • Valid driver’s license and be insurable with company’s commercial carrier.

  • Strong computer and analytical skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office and ArcGIS.

  • Knowledge or ability to learn and apply key financial concepts to business decisions.

  • Must be great teammate and have strong communication.

  • Client service oriented.

  • Completion of drug testing requirement prior to joining and complying to the company's drug and alcohol policy.

Our commitment to you

  • Values-first culture
    We lead with our Values every day and bring them to life together.
  • Boundless opportunity!
    We create opportunities to learn and grow at every stage of your career
  • Continuous innovation
    We invite you to help redefine the future of financial services.
  • Delivering the promise of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    We foster an inclusive workplace where everyone thrives.
  • Championing Corporate Citizenship
    We build a business that benefits all stakeholders and has a positive social and environmental impact.


About Manulife and John Hancock

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Asia, Canada, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2022, we had more than 40,000 employees, over 116,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 34 million customers. At the end of 2022, we had $1.3 trillion (US$1.0 trillion) in assets under management and administration, including total invested assets of $0.4 trillion (US $0.3 trillion), and segregated funds net assets of $0.3 trillion (US$0.3 trillion). We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges, and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Primary Location

Silsbee, Texas

Salary range is expected to be between

$45,450.00 USD - $75,750.00 USD

If you are applying for this role outside of the primary location, please contact for the salary range for your location. The actual salary will vary depending on local market conditions, geography and relevant job-related factors such as knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience, and education/training. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in incentive programs and earn incentive compensation tied to business and individual performance.

Manulife/John Hancock offers eligible employees a wide array of customizable benefits, including health, dental, mental health, vision, short- and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance coverage, adoption/surrogacy and wellness benefits, and employee/family assistance plans. We also offer eligible employees various retirement savings plans (including pension/401(k) savings plans and a global share ownership plan with employer matching contributions) and financial education and counseling resources. Our generous paid time off program in the U.S. includes up to 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days, 150 hours of vacation, and 40 hours of sick time (or more where required by law) each year, and we offer the full range of statutory leaves of absence.

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Company: John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)