I'm going to bump this thread and talk a little about my 2nd season with Apex. As I said in my last post, I came back to work with them for my second year. Our season start was May 3rd or 4th, cant really remember, and season end was August 1st.
We had about 2 months of bush camp, Pelican, Mackenzie and Fort St. James. And stayed in UNBC for about 3 weeks in the beginning of the season. While we were on the Pelican, we had mostly burn blocks. It was amazing land, no slash, flat and very nice black and smearable soil. We were getting paid a minimum of 12c for those blocks which was surprising. I was expecting a standard 10c. When we moved to Mackenzie the burns dissipated and we went back to raw land. It took the rookies some time to adjust to heavy slash and such, but the blocks were fairly standard for raw.
About half way through June we had a 5 day mini-vacation because we blew through all the spring contracts. Prior to this, one of the 18 packs had to get shipped off to another camp to leave work for the rest of the camp and avoid an even longer break.
A few times our prices got bumped up by 2-3c for really overgrown fill plants. Once it went from 16 to 19, but in my opinion it was still low for the shit block that it was. Overall, our average price for 2012 season was 12-12.5c. We had a bunch of really high paying fill plants that felt like straight plants and I made a lot of cash there. I made at least 2-3 times more than I made last season, so I was VERY happy with how the season turned out.
I was getting vet bonus which was $50 extra a day on average, assuming 1700-2000 production a day. As mentioned before, its 15% on each tree, and drivers were getting an additional $40 flat daily rate on top of the bonus. Pay was on time and in full, with the exception of 3-4 people who had direct deposit problems. The workers are treated well by the management, but perhaps I just got lucky with my camp supervisor.
We had a stashing problem in the beginning of the season and 2 people were fired. Other than that, no rookies on my crew quit, but there were 2-3 who quit on 6 packs who were also in our camp and only one person was fired.
Once again I will be back to work for Apex 2013 season.
EDIT: Regarding dibbles, rookies still had to use them for the first bit, but 6 packs let them switch to shovels right away. With 18 packs foremen let rookies switch only if their production and quality was up to par. However, 2nd year every one is allowed to chose whether they want to use dibbles or shovels. I chose to switch to a shovel right away and never looked back.