Top 25 Jobs That Don’t Require College Degrees Include Lumber Manufacturing

At least four of the top 25 jobs that don’t require college degrees are in the lumber industry, according to a new report by SkillPointe. Coming in at number 6 is carpenter, for those with woodworking proclivities, while industrial machinery mechanic, heavy equipment operator and machinist helped round out the list. The report is based on a proprietary analysis of current salaries, available job openings, future growth and interest among job seekers.

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Other jobs on the list include software developer, systems analyst, electrician, truck driver, IT support specialist, auto mechanic, information security analyst and welder. These high-growth jobs represent 2.3 million job openings in 2021, and construction has the most jobs on the list of any industry, with even more expected growth in 2022 and beyond. Surprisingly, high-growth energy jobs didn’t feature due to a lower number of job openings compared to larger industries.

This list of high-growth jobs can help those looking to change careers make smart decisions based on real-world data. It’s easy to assume that you need to go back to school for a four-year degree or higher to secure a well-paying, stable job in a new industry, but local training for skilled trade and non-degree professions is available at community colleges and trade schools, and many are entry level as well.

“While retail and hospitality have faced significant challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic, other industries still offer amazing opportunities with lots of growth, strong salaries, and future job security, all without a college degree,” said Todd Wilson, SkillPointe Founder. “These jobs do require some training, but fast-track options are available at local community colleges and trade schools for a fraction of the cost of a four-year program. Employer apprenticeships are also a great option.”

Check out the full list here.

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“You Wood” Campaign Aims to Draw Young People into Wood Industry

Careers in wood industry

No matter who you are, there’s a place for you in the wood industry. That’s the message the Wood Industry Resource Collaborative is trying to send with “You Wood,” a new career awareness campaign designed to draw fresh talent into the field. Developed by a group of industry trade associations in partnership with Nashville-based Industrial Strength Marketing, the campaign offers career resource information, quizzes, links to educational resources and a calendar of events.

“Why Wood? Wood is responsible for 4% of the world economy,” the website states. “Wood is vital to the global economy in ways we don’t often notice. From utility poles to anti-tumor treatments extracted from trees, manufactured wood products and processes contribute to reduced fossil fuel dependency and create healthier, safer and more sustainable communities. The wood industry is vibrant and growing, driven by a desire for renewable sources and higher quality products. Tools and automation have helped make many new careers possible in engineering, manufacturing, design and education.”

Inviting visitors to get to know the wood industry, the website lays out career possibilities in a variety of areas, including flooring, cabinetry, architectural millwork and technology & machinery. Though the campaign focuses mostly on various types of woodworking and crafting, the lumber and forestry industries are a natural extension. It’s mainly geared towards high school students and young people in their 20s and 30s seeking a career change, including military veterans.

A 2020 study by the Wood Industry Resource Collaborative found that over 70 percent of all respondents had no awareness of wood industry careers, but 23 percent would consider choosing one.

“We realize how critical it is to increase awareness of our industry and the career opportunities which exist for both students and those seeking a career change where they can utilize skills they’ve already developed in the workplace,” said WMIA president and CEO Larry Hoffer. “It is our objective that the You Wood website will serve as a portal for those unfamiliar with the wood industry to learn more and begin exploration of their wood industry-related career journey.”

This Week in Wood: Lumber Demand will Remain Strong in 2019, Experts Predict

Layman's Lumber Guide

Though things may get off to a slightly slow start in January, lumber industry experts say demand will likely pick up in the Spring of 2019. ProSales reports that consultant Matt Layman, the creator of Layman’s Lumber Guide, is feeling optimistic about the upcoming season even as economists ponder a possible recession in the overall economy.

“According to Layman, the lumber market will trade indecisively in the penultimate week of 2018, leading to impatient buyers and curtailed production. This will create higher lumber prices during January 2019 and lower builder lumber demand. However this weak projected month will not be enough to prevent a stronger start to the spring months next year.”

Layman also predicts that lumber demand will be very strong in Q2 and Q3 “compared to a noisy and volatile first quarter.”

Sawmills have been running at high capacity as buyers consume more and more wood, leading to higher lumber prices. Q3 of 2018 experienced a slight slowdown after an unexpectedly robust Q2.

Meanwhile, contractors are ending 2018 on a high note and feeling cautiously optimistic about the calendar year to come. Spending growth has been strong and well-balanced among residential, private nonresidential and public projects. Employment i the industry rose 4.9% between October 2017 and October 2018, and more than three quarters of the 2,552 firms surveyed by the Associated General Contractors of America expect to add workers over the coming year.

The biggest challenge, it appears, is finding workers, particularly hourly craft workers. Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors, says the unemployment rate for jobseekers with recent construction experience dropped to 3.6% in October, the lowest October rate in a series dating to 2000.

Work in Wood! 10 Jobs in the Forest Industry Open for Applications

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You could be working in wood! Are you a sales rep, an engineer, an industrial designer or a skilled worker with basic understanding of machine manuals? There are all kinds of jobs open now in the wide wonderful world of forestry and wood products, whether you’re looking to move up to management or just starting out. Check out these 10 positions hiring now in places like Vermont, Boston and New York City.

Project Manager with Millwork Experience, New York

Jr. level to Senior Level Project managers with mid to large Custom High end Architectural Millwork experience.
Will consider 2 – 10+ years’ industry specific experience. Stable and growing company willing to pay bonuses, benefits, and more to the right people for this opportunity. Starting Base Salary: $70-110K

Learn more at

Designer of Engineered Lumber, Massachusetts

Our client, a large Wholesale Manufacturer and Distributor of lumber products for North America, has an immediate opening for a Designer of Engineered Lumber within their design department in Southern MA.
• Ability to read and interpret Architectural & Structural blueprints.
• Capable of operating a computer and run CAD software utilized in the industry.
• Familiar with general computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe, etc.
• Good math skills including geometry, trigonometry, fractions, and understanding Architectural units.
• Ability to calculate loads within a building; tributary loads, concentrated loads, and develop load paths.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to deal courteously with customers, co-workers, and construction personnel.
This is an immediate opening with an excellent, experience based salary and
outstanding benefits package.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to

Contractor Sales, Central New Jersey

A multi-location client seeks an established contractor sales person to cover Central New Jersey. You will have several yards to support your sales efforts. Compensation will take you into 6 figures. For consideration please send your cover letter and resume to

Process Control Engineer, Tennessee

Focused on both environmental stewardship and financial success, Resolute Forest Products offers promising and fulfilling job opportunities, where motivated individuals have every chance to accelerate their careers. If you are passionate and ready to make a difference, Resolute is the company that will assure you of success.

Our Calhoun location in Tennessee, United States is currently seeking talent to fill the position of Process Control Engineer.
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or operates nearly 40 pulp and paper mills, wood products facilities in the United States and Canada, with power generation assets in Canada.
Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.

Learn more at

Industrial Roofing General Manager, Massachusetts

An industrial roofing company seeks an experienced Industrial Roofing General Manager for one of its Massachusetts locations.Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 401K, dental and disability. For more information and to apply, please send your resume and cover letter to

Forester, Vermont

The A. Johnson Co., LLC, a Hardwood Sawmill located in Bristol, VT, is looking for an individual with a Forestry degree and GIS skills.
Duties will include: managing private and company lands, overseeing timber harvests, and procuring logs/standing timber by developing relationships with Loggers, Foresters, & Landowners.

Salary based upon experience, benefits package includes health insurance, 401K plan, along with production bonus.

Learn more at Evergreen Recruiting.

Equipment Sales Rep, Northeast

The Sales Engineer / Rep locate in the Northeast (location open to the northeast USA) develops and maintains effective sales and customer service relationships with wood products equipment customers/dealers to create, maintain and enhance their level of business with to grow the company’s market share. This role provides comprehensive sales and product support services to external customers/dealers and performs multiple tasks internally in coordination with Production, Marketing and product development at The Company. This position carries a high level of exposure and expectation within the Company and with customers/dealers in the industry.

Job#180816NS – Wood Products Equipment Sales Engineer – Northeast

Location: United States
Industry: Wood Products Equipment
Wage: $70-$80k/year depending on experience, plus commission that can more than double wage.
Education Required: Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred.
Years Experience Required:  4 years of wood products equipment account management required, account development, customer service and product sales experience, preferably in the large equipment industry or related field.

Learn more at

Building Materials Sales Manager, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Our client seeks a sales manager for a busy Cape Cod building materials retail location.

The sales manager:
▪ Oversees day-to-day operations with both inside and outside sales team
▪ Manages inside/outside sales team and showroom
▪ Provides ongoing training and instruction for product, sales and systems
▪ Conducts scheduled sales goals and plan reviews
▪ Evaluates team members individually for strengths and finds areas for improvement
Building materials experience preferred but will also consider other business development and sales experience in other industries.

Learn more at Evergreen Recruiters.

Part Time Millwright, Pennsylvania

Northwest Hardwoods is the premier Hardwood Lumber producer in the industry serving furniture, cabinet, and moulding and millwork segments worldwide. We operate manufacturing facilities through out the United States. We have immediate openings for full time Millwrights.
Key Functions: Fabrication – Capable of fabricating from drawings and sketches, rebuilding of existing parts. The candidate will be able to perform normal repairs, replacements and enhancements of all manufacturing operational equipment, site facilities and mobile equipment. Possess strong analytical skills, ability to diagnose potential problems to prevent downtime situations.

Will need to document procedures, downtime, resolutions, and complete associated reports. Maintain preventative maintenance schedules. Perform daily boiler operations and maintenance. Have the basic skills and mechanical abilities, read electrical diagrams, be able to use hand and power tools, welding/cutting, work on mobile equipment’s, hydraulics and pneumatics. Have a basic understanding of the machine manuals.

▪ Work as part of the maintenance team to correct and enhance plant operations for the continued success of Northwest Hardwoods – Marienville, PA.
▪ Must follow all established safety policies. Must have good safety record and positive, can do attitude.
▪ Willing to continually improve skills through various offered educational opportunities.
▪ Willing to ask questions if lack of understanding. Willing to take and give feedback, criticism.
▪ Must have flexible schedule – overtime, weekends, holidays,
▪ Be adaptable, work where needed.
▪ Willing to work in any conditions.
▪ Have a strong desire, dedication and determination to succeed.
Northwest Hardwoods provides a highly competitive compensation program with profit sharing plan. Comprehensive benefit package includes medical, dental, prescription and vision care coverage. Company paid life insurance, short term disability, pre-tax Health Savings Account, 401(k) Retirement Plan with company match, paid vacation, paid holidays and Employee Assistance Program.

Candidate who meets these qualifications will be considered further.

Learn more at Find a Forestry Job.

Field Service Consultant, New York City

Our client, a leading retail Building Products company, is seeking a Field Service Consultant to handle their metro NYC light commercial and residential installations.
The right candidate have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in sales and installation projects of high end building materials, be able troubleshoot issues immediately and correct to a high standard of customer satisfaction as well as sales.
This is an exceptional opportunity for a reliable, articulate building product salesperson with integrity, technical ability and exceptional customer service acumen.
Computer proficiency is required
Base salary, DOE, plus commission

Learn more at Evergreen Recruiters.

Find a Wood Industry Job! 11 Opportunities in a Range of Fields

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Make up to 200K per year in the forestry & forest products industry! Though there are logging jobs aplenty, this industry encompasses a wide range of fields and specialities, making it one of the largest employers in manufacturing. Sites like Find a Forestry Job, Wood Jobs, Top Wood Jobs and Evergreen Recruiters list international job opportunities in areas like sales, shop management, production supervisor, electrician expertise and technical forestry. There’s even a company looking for a new CFO. Check out a selection of the latest hot wood jobs here, and visit the sites for the rest.

Sales & Business Development for Large Architectural Millwork Company, Washington D.C.

Sales / Business Development: JOS1547 – DC
Starting Base Salary: $85-110K

AWI / QCP – Woodworking background
Leadership and good interpersonal communications
Can work under pressure and handle stressful situations
Drive continuous streams of revenue from creating / created relationships in and around the DC market
Strongly organized & abilities to Sell million dollar+ projects repeatedly

For consideration & more info send your resume (in Word.doc) & contact exclusively:

Brian Jackson –
VP of Recruiting Search Consultants, Inc.
National Woodwork & Fixture Industry Recruiters
954-889-7835 (Direct Line)
Between 9AM and 6PM EST M-Th
Fridays: 9AM-1PM

Custom Wood Stair Shop Manager, New Jersey

Custom Wood Stair Shop Manager: JOS1518 – NJ
Starting base salary: $75-125K

A custom architectural stair MFG Company, creating $15K-$1.m+ in project size, is seeking a professional experienced wood worker to manage their custom stair shop.

The incumbent Custom Wood Stair Shop Manager must show immediate management skills and be able to manage a shop with 5+ employees.
Must be able to build curved, elliptical, spiral, winder, and custom wood stairs from detailed plans and templates.
Must have management and direction for production completed correctly.
The use of all basic hand tools and shop machines is a must.
Ability to read, interpret, and build from blue prints

For consideration & more info send your resume (in Word.doc) & contact exclusively:

Brian Jackson –
VP of Recruiting Search Consultants, Inc.
National Woodwork, Construction & Retail Interior Industry Recruiters
954-889-7835 (Direct Line)
Between 9AM and 6PM EST M-Th
Fridays: 9AM-1PM

Production Manager, Massachusetts

Production Manager: JOS1531 – MA
Starting base: $95-115K

-Peer Review of PM Shop Drawings
-Material Takeoff & Coordination w/ Purchaser
-Assigning Daily Production Tasks to Production Foreman
-Coordinating w/ CNC Department on all machining and standards.
-Implement & Develop Processes to Help the Company w/ Efficiency
-Specialty Material Purchasing such as SS Tops, Hardware, Paints, Glass, Metals, Etc.
-Outsourcing Cabinet Components, Layups, Hardwoods, etc w/ sub-vendors based on need and schedule
-Track production costs, hours and projects for forecasting / track company performance.
-Review Bench Loads w/ Production Foreman and Forecast overall Workload
-Oversee Purchaser that all stock materials are in house
-Participate in weekly operational meetings
-Review Equipment & Tooling

For consideration & more info send your resume (in Word.doc) & contact exclusively:

Brian Jackson –
VP of Recruiting Search Consultants, Inc.
National Woodwork, Construction & Retail Interior Industry Recruiters
954-889-7835 (Direct Line)
Between 9AM and 6PM EST M-Th
Fridays: 9AM-1PM

Cabinet Sales Representative, New York

The Cabinet Sales Representative in the New York and Pennsylvania area will work with the area contractors and other cabinet installation companies in promoting and providing design expertise for the company’s cabinets being produced in Alabama. Responsible to grow the business.  The candidate should have a proven track record in cabinet sales and specifications.

Job#180304SR2 – Cabinet Sales Representative – New York Area
Location: United States
Wage: $60-$65k/year salary with bonus to $100k depending on experience
Education Required: BS Degree preferred
Years Experience Required:  5+ years cabinet sales experience working with contractors and cabinet installation companies.


Identify and develop new and cabinet sales in the New York and Pennsylvania areas.
Uphold company standards in regard to pricing, economic returns, shipping and transportation costs, quality control and safety.
Initiate and maintain close contact with product suppliers and clients to ensure accurate and timely production and delivery of products.


5 plus years of cabinet sales and marketing experience.
Strong organizational and communication skills including written, verbal and computer
Bachelor’s degree preferred

If you are interested in this job and have the required skills, please submit your resume in MS Word along with the job name in the Subject line to

Forester, 3B Timber Company in Booneville, New York


Successful candidate should be able to identify and communicate with Independent/Private sources of Red Pine logs suitable for the manufacture of the company’s primary telephone pole products.  Candidate should be able to travel throughout the region to meet with individuals or companies that have potential to provide supply to the company.

Job Requirements: 

Knowledge necessary to be able to not only describe  to the potential suppliers what type of product the company is seeking to acquire and mark the wood.    Must possess at least 3 years of experience working in the woods, higher education in forestry associates degree is a minimum, be able to deal with a great deal of physical activity, clean driving record, and have a trained logger certification.

Certified Grader, Seneca Sawmill Company in Eugene, Oregon

Seneca Sawmill Company has an opening for a Certified Grader at our Noti facility. The purpose of this position is to Grade Douglas-fir dimension lumber according to WWPA grading rules. Lumber lengths vary from 8-24’ and widths are primarily 2×4″ and 2×6”. The Grader will work closely with 3 other Graders, the Planer Feeder, and Bins Operator.

Essential Functions:

▪ Visually examine each piece of lumber and assign grade to lumber according to WWPA grading rules. “Grading” of lumber considers species, length and size, defects (i.e. knots, wane, edge warp, saw cut, snipe, timber break, grain distortion, shake, crook, bow, split, etc.), appearance, strength, stiffness, and intended use of each piece of lumber. Grade approximately 1,000 pieces per hour.
▪ Mark lumber grade on each piece of lumber with crayon for scanning by grade mark reader.
▪ Notify Supervisor, Quality Control, and Planer Feeder when unusual amount of manufacturing defects are found (e.g. too thin, skip, off-size, no spray solution on lumber, saws scratching lumber, etc.)
▪ Fix cross-ups on the grading table.
▪ Correct jam-ups in sorter bins.
▪ Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

▪ Certification by WWPA, WCLIB or other similar grading organization in Douglas-Fir required.
▪ Must be able to lockout machinery, learn grade marks, and recognize various sizes and lengths of lumber.
▪ Ability to flip boards for duration of shift.


We offer competitive wages, a generous medical benefits coverage package, 401K with employer match, paid holidays, paid vacation, and a discounted fuel benefit.


Electrician, Aerotek, Riceboro, Georgia

Job Description:
▪ Industrial electrician with experience in a industrial or manufacturing setting
▪ Responsible for troubleshooting, repairing, and replacing equipment and PLC’s (Allen Bradley)
▪ Experience with process or production equipment, using electrical test instruments, and blueprints or schematics
▪ Manufacturing, Sawmill, HVAC, or Industrial related experience
▪ PLC, electronics, or instrumentation exp a plus
▪ Must be willing to submit to drug test and background

$25.00 – $30.00 /Hour


Technical Forester, Rayonier in Hastings, Florida

Job Description:

This position will work collaboratively with the Resource Unit Team to achieve financial goals and desired outcomes.  Provide technical assistance to both the Timber Marketing and Resource Land Management team through timber cruise data collection and sale preparation including sale area design, map preparation, forest inventory and stand mapping.  This position will coordinate and work with consultants performing additional cruising and inventory, and will be responsible for audit work as necessary.  A thorough knowledge of state BMP’s and SFI principles is required. The position will also assist with other land management, timber marketing or non-timber projects as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

▪   Perform timber sale cruising, cruise work-up and sale layout.
▪   Perform Resource Unit inventory, seedling survival and post thin measurements.
▪   Assist with the coordination and auditing of contract cruising in the Resource Unit.
▪   Collaborate with LIS on contract inventory measurements for the Resource Unit.
▪   Prepares timber sale maps, and update stand mapping in LMS as needed.
▪   Contributes to overall Resource Unit team performance.
▪   Maintain a safe work environment for company personnel, contractors and other stakeholders.

Job Qualifications:

▪ BS Degree in Forestry or technical degree in forestry with equivalent forestry exposure to timber cruising/forest inventory
▪ Must have an understanding of State BMP’s and SFI principles, GIS and forest inventory measurement methods


Forest Technician, Alpine Land Information Services in Redding, California

Job Title: Forest Technician 2
Status: Seasonal
Location: Redding, California
Compensation: $ 20.00 per hour

About Alpine Land Information Services
Here at Alpine we specialize in providing turn key solutions when managing clients’ information. This means we need to employ a wide array of professional and non-professional expertise. Whether we are developing data collection protocols, system server application software or just trying to find the most cost-effective way to access a remote piece of ground, we are fully engaged. We strive to provide our employees with the best and most modern equipment, including custom support software. Training and re-training are a way of life at Alpine. Our intent is always to find the best way to answer the ever evolving regulatory and client specific management questions. We are often employed in the perpetual management and/or the annual update needs of systems we have built. Over the last 25 years we have been presented with many challenges and we have learned a great deal from our efforts. We take great pride in bringing that experience to the current tasks and services we provide our clients.

Position Overview 

The Forest Technician 2 is responsible for gathering an accurate forest inventory using the latest in forest mensuration technology. We employ both a fixed radius and variable radius sampling methodologies. These are carried out over a vast industrial forest landscape throughout Northern California. Over-time and incentive pay is available.

General Responsibilities

▪ Reports to the Cruise Forman
▪ Gather forest inventory data with a high level of accuracy
▪ Operate a broad array of company vehicles
▪ Maintains issued equipment
▪ Maintain a safe and clean camp throughout the field season
▪ Follow company safety standards


▪ Preferred, actively pursuing a 2 or 4-year forestry-related degree
▪ Good physical condition
▪ Ability to operate and communicate as part of a team
▪ Willingness to be away from home for 5 days at a time
▪ Willingness to overcome adverse outdoor conditions
▪ iOS and Windows proficiency
▪ Attention to detail
▪ Valid driver’s license


Production Supervisor, Top Wood Jobs in North Carolina

The Production Supervisor at this softwood sawmill in North Carolina position is responsible for supervising the overall production operation of the sawmill. Softwood sawmill experience required with hardwood experience a plus.
Do not apply if you have not supervised a softwood sawmill. 

Job#180223PS – Production Supervisor – Sawmill – North Carolina
Location: United States
Wage: Wages $20-$25/hr. or around $60-$80k+/year plus benefits
Education Required: BS Degree in Engineering preferred
Years Experience Required:  5+ year’s previous experience in lumber manufacturing supervision. Softwood lumber experience required, hardwood experience a plus.


▪ 5+ years previous experience in lumber manufacturing supervision. Softwood lumber experience required, hardwood experience a plus.
▪ Ability to operate all softwood sawmill equipment. Understanding of dry kilns and planer a plus.
▪ Manufacturing management experience, with a good attitude, ability to lead others successfully, and able to see big picture.
▪ Proficiency in use of computers and quick adaptability to software. MS Office Word and Excel.
▪ Electrical and Mechanical experience is necessary.
▪ Knowledge of the lumber industry, lumber math, and lumber grades.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
▪ Monitor production of sawmill to include lumber produced, down time, run time and quality control.
▪ Hiring and training of workers for sawmill positions.
▪ Schedule and supervise all maintenance/repairs of equipment, machinery and boiler.
▪ Oversee repairs of breakdowns for most efficient and effective return to operation.
▪ Assist other departments in repairs of breakdowns, equipment maintenance, modifications and new construction projects.
▪ Be familiar with and capable of operating all sawmill machinery and equipment.
▪ Enforcement of work rules and safety policies of the Company.
▪ Keep record of hours worked weekly by sawmill employees and report to payroll manager.
▪ Awareness of cost of supplies and repairs and ability to minimize expenses.
▪ Other duties as assigned.
▪ Day shift schedule 7am-5:30pm M-F and Saturday 7am-noon


CFO – Lumber, Top Wood Jobs, Washington State

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for this lumber company in the Pacific Northwest is responsible for managing the company’s finances through the establishment of budgets, internal controls, Key Operating Indicators and insuring compliance with FASB, Sarbanes-Oxley and other generally excepted accounting principles. This position ensures the company’s assets are adequately protected and its long-term financial health is stable.

This position will be a team member along with the COO, CEO, President, Executive Vice President and Chief Counsel. Day to day you will work very closely with the COO as to drive the financial results of the company. This position will direct all office staff along with the IT department.

Job#190221CFO – CFO – Chief Financial Officer – Lumber – Pacific Northwest
Location: United States
Wage: $90-$200k+/year depending on experience. Excellent bonus and benefits program.
Education Required: BA in Finance, Accounting, or a similar degree.
Years Experience Required:  At least 5 years’ experience supervising people or at least 8 years’ experience in a lumber or wood products managerial accounting position in a manufacturing environment.

Essential Job Functions: 

▪ Close the books each month at the company’s facilities.
▪ Manage the office staff at the locations to get optimal efficiencies.
▪ Work with the Sales Manager to set credit limits on customers.
▪ Work with the Log Procurement Manager to keep a current Return to Log Model.
▪ Timber sale analysis.
▪ Analyze new business opportunities for potential growth.
▪ Prepare yearly budgets with sales, operations, and the log team.
▪ Lead effort to control fixed costs.
▪ Establish proper internal controls.
▪ Continually review employee benefit costs and research ways to keep our cost competitive in this arena.
▪ Insures compliance with FASB, Sarbanes-Oxley, and general accepted accounting principles.
▪ Update key operating indicators for sales, manufacturing, resources, etc.

Other Functions and Responsibility’s:

▪ Managing the IS Manager.
▪ Attend quarterly meetings on the pension fund.
▪ Working with Lenders and maintain lender relations.
▪ Attend quarterly executive meetings on performance.

Required Qualifications: 

▪ This Position requires a BA in Finance, Accounting, or a similar degree.
▪ At least 5 years’ experience supervising people or at least 8 years’ experience in a managerial accounting position in a manufacturing environment.
▪ An equivalent combination of education and experience is also acceptable.
▪ Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to develop others.
▪ Excellent written communication skills.
▪ Excellent customer service skills and an interested in constantly improving.
▪ The ability to plan and make effective decisions and solve problems.
▪ Manage Change and take appropriate initiative.


Wage: $90k-$200k+/year depending on experience. Excellent bonus and benefits program.


This Week in Wood: Conserving Working Forests Supports Rural Families

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As we recently reported, the more the public demands wood and other forest products, the more our forests grow – and, as it turns out, that growth supports rural families, too. When terrain for logging disappears due to suburbanization of historically wooded properties, jobs disappear along with it. As The Huffington Post reports, the number of logging jobs has declined dramatically over the last 20 years along with the milling companies that once provided them, leaving vast tracts of forest in the hands of investor groups and private-equity funds.

How those landowners then sell or lease the properties – and two whom – depends on what will net them the greatest profits. That often means tearing down forests to build oversized vacation homes instead of preserving them. A group called The Conservation Fund hopes to change that, and recently purchased 23,053 acres of forest on the borders of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts to help ensure they remain the backbone of the rural economies nearby.

The Conservation Fund has preserved nearly 500,000 acres of privately owned forested land over the last 20 years, through a process known as conservation easement. The fund agrees to buy the land from investors, then adds restrictions to the deeds excluding development. The new terms allow activities like recreation and sustainable logging, where foresters select specific trees to fell and lumbermen like Gale carefully cut them and drag them out. The Conservation Fund then sells the land to new owners, who agree to maintain the easement’s terms of use, and uses proceeds of the sales to create easements in other parts of the country.

…But cities naturally expand over time and zoning policies can, in theory, be changed to accommodate housing that is more affordable. In rural, wooded areas, the gentrification process can be economically devastating. That’s why privately owned forests like the ones the Conservation Fund buys welcome sustainable forestry, which helps clear out dead wood and make the forests less dense. Forestry-related industries currently provide 2.7 million American jobs and contribute $112 billion to the U.S. economy each year, according to the Land Trust Alliance, a conservation group.

Read the rest of this story by Alexander C. Kaufman at The Huffington Post.