Change Your Life with a Career in the Lumber Industry

Get a life-changing new career in lumber, forestry or woodworking! Many high-quality openings are available now with full time hours and great benefits, and some even enable working remotely. These listings include entry-level positions that will train you for the job you want, as well as opportunities for established professionals.

Planer Manager, Wentworth, New Hampshire

“The Planer Manager will monitor graders grading, clean, grind and joint knives. Must be able to set planer up for blanking and multiple other patterns, monitor moisture levels, and keep track of inventory. Must have the ability to build loads from inventory and complete necessary paperwork and have knowledge of shavings bagging systems and shaving qualities. The planer manager will need to be a certified NELMA grader.”

Learn more and apply at the Nelma Jobs Board.

Lumber Trader, Remote

“Responsibilities: Effectively generate sales from their own sourcing, marketing, or existing book of business. Negotiate prices/establish buying programs. Establish new & maintain current customer relationships. Collaborate with sales team to identify new product lines and opportunities. Develop and market purchasing opportunities with existing and new customers. Work on your own schedule, no minimum hours per week, no relocation needed, no cap on earnings. Heavy commission ranging up to 50% – 60%.

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Operations Forester, Millinocket, Maine

“Katahdin Forest Management, a division of Acadian Timber, and a leader in Forestry Management, has an immediate opening for an Operations Forester based in Millinocket, Maine. Responsibilities include planning, oversight, and recordkeeping of forest management activities, including harvesting, road construction, road maintenance, herbicide application, planting, inventory plots, and general property maintenance; Ensuring KFM continues in compliance with all laws and regulations: i.e., the Conservation Easement on KFM property, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; Maintaining good relationships with Internal and External Customers; Continuing sustainable management of KFM’s 300,000 acres of timberland located in Northern Maine.”

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Senior Design Engineer, Seneca Falls, New York

“Senior Design Engineer needs to have the ability to take a conceptual drawing and or sketch and create Engineering drawings, send drawings out to the CNC routers,  help production through the fabrication process and have a quality product with exceptional quality. The Senior Design Engineer reports to the Engineering Manager. Starting base salary: $70-90K.”

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Carpenter, Bar Harbor, Maine

“Acadia Building Company is looking to expand our team of professional carpenters. Seeking individuals that are well versed in high-end carpentry with strong attention to detail and appreciation for accurate work. The majority of our jobs are in coastal Hancock County. We have plenty of year-round work. Qualifications: Carpentry: 5 years (Preferred). Pay: $15.00 – $40.00 per hour.”

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Quality Engineer: Oronoco, Minnesota

“This company is currently seeking a Quality Engineer to join our growing company. The ideal candidate will embrace the opportunity to contribute to the Quality Department and bring a positive attitude and strong organizational skills to a dedicated, fast-paced team. Starting base salary: $65-75K.”

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Woodworker, Auburn, Maine

Are you a woodworking enthusiast? Would you like to develop your woodworking skills and turn your hobby into your occupation? If so, we would like to talk to you about a woodworker position in our Auburn, Maine shop. If you have a passion for working with wood, we will work with you to develop and hone your woodworking skills to produce world-class furniture. Thos. Moser’s success is built on family, craftsmanship and its strong values. The right person will also have a strong desire to learn and grow in the trade with the ability to build open and honest relationships through shared respect and communication. The ideal candidate for this position will have the tremendous opportunity to showcase the range and depth of his/her skill set.”

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Estimator, Remote

“Prepare lucrative estimates based off of numerical/architectural data and all required materials for final proposal. Construct take-off and gauged scope of work after analyzing architectural documents. Interprets blueprints, shop drawings or other documents to identify costs, needed materials, and potential labor scope. Remote ok, job based in Winnipeg, MB. Starting Salary: $60 – 90k (Canadian)”

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Forest Inventory Supervisor, Wisconsin

“Wanted: Full time Forest Inventory Supervisor to independently supervise 6-8 permanent professional crew members and seasonal employees as required in the collection of statewide forest inventory, forest health monitoring, and habitat classification data. This position demands a high degree of responsibility and leadership. The successful candidate will be solely responsible for the fulfillment of Lumberjack’s contract with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.”

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Millwright, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

“Work in a company that is family owned. Where the owners are onsite and passionate about their industry. Pleasant River Lumber is a fast paced aggressive company that always has a eye on the future of lumber manufacturing. Please visit our website for a look at our company that owns and operates 5 mills located around the state. $17 – $20 an hour – Full-time with benefits.”

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Work in Wood: 10 Jobs to Apply For Today

Ready to change your life? Dive into a whole new career or find a new position within wood products and forestry. These 10 openings include entry-level positions, sales, engineering, forestry, lumber grading and a professorship at the University of Maine.

Sawmill Lumber Grader, East Baldwin, Maine

“Ideal candidate will be NELMA certified in grading Eastern White Pine Lumber with two years experience. Works in a two-station grading and trimming system. Candidate must be self-motivated, quality driven and able to work in a team environment. Lumber graders rotate into several other positions in the sawmill throughout the day. This position has potential for working with and supporting computer and optimization systems throughout the operation.”

Learn more and apply at the NeLMA Jobs Board.

Operations Forester, Millford, Maine

“American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) is the largest forest consulting and real estate brokerage firm in the United States. AFM currently manages over 6 million acres of privately owned timberland and has sold over $3 billion in real estate transactions. With 273 employees operating from 49 offices located in 16 states, AFM’s team of professionals are focused on meeting client needs by providing a complete range of forestry services including land and wildlife management, land sale and acquisition services, forest inventory and design, growth and yield modeling, cash flow projections, environmental services, appraisal, forest resource data management and harvest scheduling. Our small regionally dispersed offices allow us to provide individualized services, and our large overall size allows us to coordinate teams of foresters and technical specialists for large, complex jobs.”

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Project Manager, St. Cloud, Minnesota

“The Commercial Project Managers are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all job activities including preparing, producing, and delivering products. Responsibilities include: ensure accurate contracts and adequate notice on buyouts; read prints and specifications in order to understand all aspects of a project; communicate with purchasing dept. about product samples and delivery dates; work closely with drafters to ensure product is drawn according to prints and meets regulations. Salary $60,000-$80,000 annually.”

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Consultative Sales Representative, Remote Position

“The Consultative Sales Professional will drive revenue growth, profitability, and market share for Forest2Market. The primary function of this role is to accelerate the growth of sales of our proprietary pricing benchmarks (SilvaStat360 – Forest2Market’s Business Intelligence Platform). Success will be measured primarily on generating new sales and secondarily in maintaining subscription renewals. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial, hands-on, self-starter who is energetic, persuasive and well organized. This position will report to the Global Sales Manager.”

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Field Representative, Location TBD

“Primary responsibilities of a field inspector are to conduct spot audits of randomly selected mills and facilities who are subscribers of accredited agencies.  The audit is a check on the performance of the accredited agencies and their compliance with ALSC program enforcement regulations.  Every field representative is given a geographic region for which they are responsible. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with the ability to work independently. A minimum two-year forestry or wood technology degree or equivalent work experience is required. “

Learn more and apply at the Nelma Jobs Board.

Assistant Professor of Forestry, University of Maine at Fort Kent

“The University of Maine at Fort Kent is currently looking for a temporary, nine-month, full time Lecturer/Instructor/Assistant Professor of Forestry with a possible continuation beyond initial appointment, based on performance. This position is eligible to be part of AFUM bargaining group. The Applied Forest Management program at UMFK is a five-semester, Associate of Science degree program with an emphasis on technical, field-oriented, forestry education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 12 credit hours per academic semester in support of the program and must be able to teach a diverse range of field, laboratory, and lecture courses in Forestry and Environmental Studies. Courses taught may include Forest Mensuration, GPS, Forest Ecology, Principles of Environmental Science, Careers in the Sciences, or other courses in the discipline. When determining teaching assignments, the chosen candidate’s individual interests and expertise will be considered if possible.”

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Entry Level Mill Laborer, Buckfield, Maine

“RE Lowell Lumber now hiring! Position available in our sawmill/planer mill operation. Will train general laborers and equipment operators. This is a full time position. Pay: $12-$14 per hour plus employee discount and health insurance. 8-hour day shift, Monday to Friday. Overtime and bonus pay available. High school or equivalent education preferred.”

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Drafter/Engineer, Reading, Pennsylvania

“Requirements: three plus years of AutoCAD within a custom millwork manufacturing atmosphere; basic understanding and usage of Microvellum & Excel; ability to read architectural drawing is a must; knowledge in AWI Standards is a HUGE Plus! Responsibilities include: producing shop drawing for customer approval; meet deadlines for shop drawings to meet clients’ schedules; communicating special unique items or situation to management; knowledge and or ability to research hardware and appliances specifications. Salary $60,000-$65,000 annually.”

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Inside Sales, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“A Local Lumber company is looking for a Inside Sales person that is interested in joining our fast paced environment of building material sales. Responsibilities: process customer orders and quotes, close yard and outer sales of walk-in customers, achieve a working knowledge of company’s products and services; answer incoming phone calls and assist customers face to face in a retail setting; walk customer thorough the process if needed and all materials involved for the project. Salary $60,000-$70,000 a year plus commission.”

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Production/Manufacturing Worker, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

“Pleasant River Lumber is a family owned company that always has a eye on the future of lumber manufacturing. Position overview: Fast paced positions working at different machine centers. Job positions are rotated to reduce repetitive motion injuries and improve skill diversity of the crew. Positions could be in the sawmill or Planer mill. Starting pay is $15 per hour with a $1.00 per hour shift differential for nights. Eligible for safety incentive bonus of $40 per week after trial period.”

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Start Your New Career! 10 Jobs Hiring in the Wood Products Industry


Lumber grader? Scientist? Truck driver? College student? Customer service representative? You might be surprised by the diversity of jobs that are available within the forestry and wood products industries. Check out these 10 openings located throughout the Northeast, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

NELMA Certified Lumber Grader, Maine

Are you a NELMA certified Lumber Grader who is looking to join a well established local company and their growing team? You could enjoy a 4-day work week with opportunity for over time and work with a great team of individuals while working toward department and company goals!  If you are self-motivated, are great with time management, have a strong work ethic and are looking for a great career opportunity, call Bonney Staffing’s Windham office right away to hear more details!

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Field Representative, American Lumber Standard Committee, Maine

Primary responsibilities of a field inspector are to conduct spot audits of randomly selected mills and facilities who are subscribers of accredited agencies.  The audit is a check on the performance of the accredited agencies and their compliance with ALSC program enforcement regulations.  Every field representative is given a geographic region for which they are responsible.

Learn more at the NELMA Jobs Board.

Natural Resources Intern, Student Conservation Association, Vermont

This position will be part of a team assisting the park’s Resource Management program in a variety of natural resource projects, including the survey and management of invasive plants (70%). Other activities may include trail maintenance, salamander cover board and water quantity monitoring, lumber stacking and solar-kiln operation, using hand-held GPS units, data entry, and training and leading other employees and volunteers in resource management activities. Training provided. May 18, 2020 to August 9, 2020, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

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Log Buyer, Besse Forest Products Group, Wisconsin

Besse Forest Products Group, a leading manufacturer of quality Northern hardwood veneer, lumber, and plywood, is currently seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a Log Buyer position.  This position will procure saw logs and veneer logs in the North Eastern Wisconsin area.

Learn more at the SAF Career Center.

Applied Forest Scientist, Manomet Inc., Massachusetts

Manomet, Inc. is seeking an applied forest scientist to support a major new initiative to increase carbon sequestration and storage on managed forest land. This effort will focus on both forest management and carbon market participation. The project will utilize Manomet’s Climate Smart Land Network (CSLN), a 21st century extension program designed to help large-scale forest landowners integrate climate science into their forest management and planning. The Network already contains over 30 million acres of managed forest and includes many of the major forestry companies in North America.

Learn more at the SAF Career Center.

Education Program Specialist, University of Minnesota

Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative, Education Program Specialist. This is a full-time, annually renewable for 40 hours per week, based at the University of Minnesota’s CloquetForestry Center, Cloquet Minnesota.

The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC), located at the University of Minnesota’s Cloquet Forestry Center, has been offering continuing education opportunities to natural resource professionals in a broad range of fields -forest ecology and management, wildlife biology, forest hydrology, botany, best forest management practices, technology transfer, human dimensions, and others since 1997.

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Customer Service Representative, ND Paper, Maine

The Technical Customer Service (TCS) Representative, Mill Specialist reporting to the Sr. Director of Business Operations, supports products from a technical basis produced by ND Paper delivered to customers’ facilities. The TCS representative will work closely with the mill and customers to troubleshoot complaints/claims and performance issues. In addition, the TCS representative will report back to the respective ND Paper production facility on findings providing all relevant information and samples.

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Class A Truck Drivers, Western Maine Timberlands

Opening for a Class A truck driver with center mount experience. Must have a clean driving record and valid medical card. Hauling locally to area mills with no long distance hauls. Full time position with benefits to include, health insurance, 401K plan, uniforms, vacation, holiday pay and generous production bonuses.

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Environmental Scientist, EagleSong, New Jersey

A premier regional environmental consulting and remediation firm, is seeking motivated environmental professionals to join their expanding team.  Candidates must possess a BS degree in environmental science, geology, engineering or a related discipline, have completed OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training and have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience and background with an environmental, engineering and/or remediation company.

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Forest Technician I, Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, New Hampshire

The Forest Technicians will assist Forest Management Bureau staff with implementing a variety of forestry and wildlife habitat projects on the Fox Research Forest and other state reservations as needed.Duties shall include conducting forest resource sampling and inventory; assisting with timber harvest preparation and marking; forest stand improvement activities such as pre-commercial thinning with chainsaws and brush-saws and trail maintenance. Applicants should be familiar with the use of compass, prism, and GPS. Duties require travel throughout the southwest portion of the state and the use of personal vehicles may be required. Applicants must posses a valid driver’s license and insurance as well as reliable transportation

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Stumps and Twigs: USDA Launches Study to Find Uses for Logging Leftovers

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A new USDA study just launched on the East Coast that will examine how to best reuse logging industry “residue” for renewable energy and other purposes. Leftover materials from the industry include treetops, twigs stumps and slash, which were once commonly left behind as waste.

The 3-year study connects the forestry departments at Virginia Tech, Auburn University, West Virginia University and the University of Maine to determine new environmental and economic best practices for reclaiming the materials, which are in demand by the renewable energy industry.

The mid-Atlantic portion of the study is led by Virginia Tech Forestry Professor Chad Bolding, who has previously authored similar studies. He says it’s of crucial importance to make sure these efforts support, rather than hindering, the commercial production of timber.

“Residues are the lowest value product in the forest, so we can’t let the ‘tail wag the dog’.  We have to minimize the impact on the round wood production, while also gaining the residues at minimal cost and efficiency.”

Bolding says residue materials could be used to bolster the value of working forests overall, and ultimately aid in the fight against catastrophic climate change.

The more demand we have for forest products, the more likely forests are to stay forests.”

Check out a report on this study at RadioIQ, Virginia’s public radio station.

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Wood Magic: Educating New Generations About the Wood Products Industry

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The logging practices of yore have bred a tenacious misperception about the wood products industry, one that prompts visions of clearcutting picturesque landscapes and destroying habitats in the process. Ask most young people what they think about logging, and the response will likely be something along these lines. Sustainable logging practices and responsible forest stewardship have changed the game over recent decades, but a lot of people (of all ages) aren’t engaging in conversations about reforestation and renewability, so that perception is hard to shift.

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is changing that by reaching out to career technical education (CTE) students at the high school level throughout Oregon and Washington in a bid to recruit the next generation of forest-related careers. Chris Knowles, an associate professor of Wood Science & Engineering at OSU, and Michelle Maller, Internship & Education Coordinator at the same program, visit classrooms to talk about professional opportunities and educate the public one student at a time.

Our undergraduate program provides four tracks from which to choose: science and engineering; marketing and management; art and design; and advanced wood manufacturing. Selecting the most enticing track means each student is on the path to a very distinct part of the lumber products business. Ten years ago, we found that most of our students were heading toward the manufacturing side. Today, we see people going toward all four of these disciplines, to corners of the wood products industry they may not have even known existed.

Knowles and Maller say they’re finding it vital to reach young people long before they’re considering a major. They host an interactive program on wood as a resource for third and fourth graders both on the OSU campus and in underserved areas of Portland, Oregon. The three-and-a-half hour program walks kids through 13 stations with themes like common forest products, wood burning and durability. They learn about renewability, too, piquing interest in how the forest products industry can actually be beneficial to the environment when managed sustainably.

It’s a promising program, and similar undertakings around the country could help make the future of wood brighter than ever.

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Paul Bunyan Talk: The Lost Language of American Loggers

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Big blue, bindlestiff, bullock, donkey doctor, clam gun, homeguard: do you know what any of these terms mean? Probably not, unless you’re a logger of the old-fashioned variety, working for a company that still uses traditional methods and the terminology to go with them. You might even think you know what words like cruiser, highball, macaroni and schoolmarm mean, but in the old logging parlance, you’re probably wrong. That’s because the old language of loggers is so specific to the industry, it almost sounds like gibberish to the untrained ear. In 1942, writer Elrick B. Davis created ‘Paul Bunyan Talk,’ a glossary of logging terms tied to the old tradition, and it’s a delight to peruse.

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‘Macaroni,’ for example, referred to sawdust. A ‘hoot-nanny’ was a gadget used to hold a crosscut saw when a log is sawed from underneath. A schoolmarm is a somewhat uncouth nickname for a crotched log, while a ‘cookee’ is the camp cook’s helper. A ‘gandy dancer’ is a “pick-and-shovel man.” Many of the terms are technical in nature, referring to very specific equipment and techniques. Others, you’ll note, have become a part of American English parlance – like ‘haywire,’ and the age-old warning cry of ’Timberrrrrrrr!’

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“Lumberjacks call themselves loggers,” says Davis in the opening. “To call them lumbermen is an invitation to brawl, and it is safer to call a sailor a marine than to refer to a logging camp as a lumber camp, wherever trees are logged. To a logger, a lumberman is a sawdust eater down at the macaroni mills.”

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By the time this glossary was composed, much of this language was already on its way out. Reading through it is like being temporarily transported to a time and place long gone. Check it out in full over at JSTOR.

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