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Area Manager

John Hancock
Deridder, LA 70634
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Are you looking for unlimited opportunities to develop and succeed? With work that challenges and makes a difference, within a flexible and supportive environment, we can help our customers achieve their dreams and aspirations.

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

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments.HNRG develops and manages diversified agricultural and timberland portfolios for a global client base. As of December 2019, assets under management totaled $10.5 billion. These assets are located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Brazil.

HNRG 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), HNRG integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors throughout all aspects of its investment decision-making and property management. HRNGs impacts in 2018 include managing 100% of its eligible timberland investments to third-party sustainability standards, planting over 46 million trees, sequestering over 2.1 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and leading the effort to establish a third-party sustainability standard for agriculture.

Great Opportunity! This position is responsible for all forest management operations on approximately 122,000 acres within Hancock Forest Managements (HFM) Western Gulf Division. The position is based out of HFMs DeRidder, Louisiana office and reports to the Silsbee Region Manager. The area of responsibility includes client timberlands in Vernon and Beauregard Parishes. All tasks are performed alongside other HFM personnel in a friendly team environment.

Scope and Duties:

  • Responsible for all forest management operations within the Silsbee Regions DeRidder Area, including the supervision of three employees.
  • Support the Silsbee Region Manager and team to implement both a delivered and a stumpage timber sale program.
  • Lead the silviculture program consisting of prescription development, site preparation implementation, artificial and natural regeneration, fertilization, commercial and pre-commercial thinning and overall process improvement.
  • Work with HFMs Value Added Services department (VAS) and other HFM personnel to manage the areas recreation licenses and drive non-timber revenue.
  • Long-term and tactical budgeting in cooperation with HFM decision support staff.
  • Oversight of land surveying, title record research, inventory systems, and contract negotiation and coordination.
  • Asset protection, including wildfire suppression in cooperation with the Louisiana Office of Forestry, property boundary maintenance, adverse possession resolution, and insect & disease prevention.
  • Assist HTRG personnel with real estate valuation and transaction process.
  • Implement Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) objectives and standards.
  • Contribute to process improvement, grow and develop team members.
  • The job provides a tremendous opportunity to gain proficiency in supervising all aspects of forest management on a daily basis including safety leadership for staff and contractors, development of stewardship, silviculture and road maintenance programs, harvest administration, timber marketing, reforestation, and contractor relations.

Key Activities of the Position Include:

  • Updating inventory and mapping systems in conjunction with resource support personnel.
  • Lead role in region-based stewardship activities, HFM policy compliance and SFI compliance.
  • Uphold highest fiduciary standards to all clients of HFM and HTRG.
  • Provide leadership and employee development to three direct reports.
  • Represent HFM in a professional manner to the public, industry, associations and regulatory entities.
  • In conjunction with HTRG client account management, conduct client property tours.
  • Special projects and any other reasonable actions as needed or assigned.


  • A bachelors degree in Forestry is a minimum, graduate degree is a plus
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in an operations-focused position
  • Must be a strong team player and leader
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Client-service and customer oriented
  • Strong computer and analytical skill-sets, including proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, and GPS
  • Knowledgeable in areas of contract coordination, negotiation and inventory systems
  • Self-motivated with a drive for results.

Hancock Forest Management offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, a team oriented work environment and growth opportunities for its employees.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status. <


If you are ready to unleash your potential its time to start your career with Manulife/John Hancock.

About Manulife

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 Canada, Asia, 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 2019, we had more than 35,000 employees, over 98,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers. As of March 31, 2020, we had $1.2 trillion (US$0.8 trillion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $30.4 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. 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. 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 and advancement and we administer all of our practices and programs based on qualification and performance and without discrimination on any protected ground.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request any accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Posted: 2020-07-09 Expires: 2020-08-07
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