Career Opportunities

February 2020

Search North America has been engaged in professional search, recruiting, and placement for our clients in the wood products and related industries since 1982. We are increasing the direction of our focus on position openings involving raw material acquisition, production, maintenance, and sales of high quality forest products. This includes CLT's and glulam products. Our plans are to attend the Mass Timber Conference in Portland in March of 2020. 

Tree Seedling Nursery Supervisor
Base salary to $75,000 (depending on experience), plus attractive benefit package. Our client has over 1.8 million acres of forests under direct ownership or management in the Western and Southeastern states. Due to a pending retirement, our Pacific Northwest timberlands client is seeking a skilled candidate to oversee all phases of their nursery operations, from the installation of seedling stock into a prepared greenhouse environment through harvesting and transportation of two year old seedlings for transplant into a prepared large selected timberlands environment. Selected candidate should have a BS degree in horticulture sciences or forestry practices, a three-year track record in woody nursery seedling operations, and demonstrated positive leadership skills in all phases of nursery operations. Due to the company’s broad base of forestry operations throughout the U.S., significant future advancement opportunities exist in a family-based business environment. A demonstrated success in increasing the survivability of ready-to-plant seedlings is essential. This includes irrigation, fertilizers, and herbicide application focused on maximizing seedling growth over a 2-year rotating cycle. The hiring date has been extended into late March of 2020. (Search Assignment #6481)

Hardwood Sawmill Project Manager in South America
Annual compensation to $150,000 US, plus benefits package. Major International wood products trading group headquartered in the United States is seeking a skilled softwood or hardwood lumber operations manager to focus on employee training within existing operations. This will include safety standards, lumber recovery targets, productivity, maintenance support, and potential equipment upgrades. The plant operation is located within a high growth eucalypts plantation site in Uruguay. A successful track record in sawmill operations improvements must be demonstrated, together with experience in the supervision of Spanish speaking operations plant personnel. As a US company employee, a two-year contract will allow the US citizen to eliminate the first $70,000 in annual taxable income from United States IRS requirements. Relocation, transportation, and insurance coverage is paid by our client. (Search Assignment #6480)

Electrical/Mechanical Maintenance Superintendent
Base salary to $100,000, plus benefit package and profit sharing. The owner of a lumber specialty products manufacturing plant, located in the southern part of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, is seeking a skilled supervisor to manage a 7-person shift operation focused on continuing to maintain overall operations support. The plant site has a significant amount of rotating equipment, conveyer systems, and optical scanners. One priority is on maintaining the current unscheduled downtime to less than 5%. Our client plans to invest in new lumber processing equipment, which will increase wood recovery, machine productivity, and labor cost savings. The owner is also based on site with a goal towards improving plant safety, operator cross-training, and profit sharing with supervisory personnel. The qualified candidate should have at least five years experience in industrial plant maintenance crew supervision. This job opportunity needs to be filled soon. Given the Willamette Valley location, the newly hired supervisor might be able to commute from their current home residence without needing to relocate. (Search Assignment #6477)

Lumber Dry Kiln Department Supervisor
Base annual salary to $100K, plus benefits and annual bonus package. Due to the pending retirement of the current supervisor, our Western Washington secondary specialty lumber processing client with 400+ SKU’s is seeking a skilled dry kiln supervisor to oversee drying 1.5 MBF charge in six kilns (24-7 operation). Selected candidate must have 5+ years supervisory experience in staging lumber loads, drying softwood lumber products, and removing and tallying loads from the gas-fired dry kilns. Plant management will train selected candidate in all phases of specialty lumber drying technology. This company has an extensive customer base throughout the US. (Search Assignment #6479)

Certified Industrial Electrician
Compensation to $35/hour (depending on experience) plus attractive benefit and retirement package. With overtime, annual income will exceed $100,000. Relocation will be paid by employer. Forest products company, located on the northern coast of California, is seeking an electrician to be trained to replace a current electrician who will be retiring in the first quarter of 2020. This opportunity should be attractive for any candidate seeking to relocate to a beautiful town with many outdoor recreational opportunities. The selected candidate should have at least six years experience of working with heavy industrial motors, belt and air conveyer systems. Responsibilities include service, troubleshooting, repair and installation of high voltage electrical and electronic equipment and related components in a safe, seaport location. In addition to supplying wood products domestically, our client company has a long-term supply contract to export bulk products to Japanese customers. Selected candidate will have supervisory promotional possibilities, based on expanding business planss. (Search Assignment #6478)

Senior Timber Structural Engineer
Base salary $160,000 US, plus incentive bonus and benefit package. Our client, based in the US, is a world-wide supplier of engineering services to existing and new mass timber highway bridges. Due to the rapid growth of this privately-owned business, a need exists for a Senior Structural Timber Engineer to develop and design timber repairs and new construction for a variety of structures. They will also review design parameters to provide value engineering options for various timber structure alternatives. This position provides support to the Timber Engineering Manager and reports to the Director of Engineering, Testing and Inspections.

Responsibilities include technical support of field inspectors… directing the timber engineering department for the design of new timber structures and the retrofitting of existing timber structures… directing the CAD department in the development of design, construction and shop drawings… and assisting various departments in the development of standardized drawings and procedures. Candidate requirements include a BS Degree in wood structural (or related) engineering, 5-years experience in the timber engineering field, Professional Engineering Registration in a State in the US, an understanding of all facets of the construction process, leadership and human resources management skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and a willingness to travel domestically and internationally for at least 70% of the work time. (Search Assignment #6470)

Remanufacturing Stetson-Ross/Coastal Head Planerman
Base annual compensation can exceed $110,000, depending on experience, including company vehicle. Family-owned, multi-plant, integrated lumber remanufacturing operation is seeking a Head Planerman to oversee planer equipment changeovers at their high-end Western Red Cedar remanufacturing facility located in Western Washington. The 140-employee facility operates on two shifts with three production lines, and on partial weekends producing engineered finger-jointed and edge-glued clear lumber (molding patterns, siding, etc.) with over 400 SKU’s in customer offerings. This Canadian-based company has a unique timber resource base processing grade-sorted lumber specialty products, and has a significant customer base in the US. Customers include markets in California, Texas, and the Eastern US. A leader in safe work practices, the company’s focus is on operator and maintenance safety and continuous improvement through creative use of all hourly, supervisory, and management personnel. A team focus and a “can do” culture is the goal for senior management. The hiring target is NOW for a qualified candidate. Relocation and initial moving expenses provided. (Search Assignment #6464)

Lumber Finger Joint Department Shift Supervisor
Annual income can exceed $100,000 per year. Specialty remanufacturing operation in Western Washington is seeking a skilled finger joint lumber supervisor with the ability to oversee all phases of optimizing a 25-person shift operation processing clear lumber cut stock greater than 8” in length. Equipment profile includes a scanning saw line, Weinig finger jointer, edge glue finger jointer, and laminating structural post operations. The focus is on creating high-value added cedar lumber products. The company has an expanded product line, including over 400 SKU’s. Our client is seeking to hire a candidate with a demonstrated leadership skillset that has focused on operator training, safety, and equipment maintenance issues. Relocation and initial moving expenses provided. (Search Assignment #6467) 

Millwrights, Electricians and Electronic Techs for Pacific NW and Southeast Wood Products Mills: $21-$30/hr, plus Overtime and Benefit Package
Attention NCO Vets: Skilled mechanical and electrical NCO techs serving in the USN or USAF.....  Due to the pending retirements of maintenance technicians within our client companies, a critical need exists for skilled technicians with preventative maintenance skills to service high-tech mill operations. Please call Carl Jansen, a 9 year veteran with the USN and USAF, to discuss your background for a potential fit to work for our client companies. Leadership, organizational, and technical skills in hydraulics, pneumatics and/or rotating machinery, or process control systems are essential. (Search Assignment #6415)

Wood Product Structural Engineers
Due to the pending growth in engineered wood product sales of CLT’s and glulams, several of our mass timber-based clients are seeking certified structural engineers with a PE or an EIT and 3+ years of wood construction application experience. The focus is on interfacing with the architectural and construction sales staff to insure that designs satisfy all local building codes applicable to using structural wood-based components. Annual salary compensation ranges are very competitive, depending on experience. Employer will pay for relocation costs, if necessary. (Search Assignment #6448)

Wood Adhesive Technologists
Our CLT and glulam clients are seeking candidates with a BS in Wood Technology and 3+ years of wood structural component testing experience to oversee the sampling and product quality testing of a wide variety of softwood lumber species in CLT components designed to meet the strength specifications developed by the APA. Customers require specific testing results on shipped products prior to receipt at the specific CLT and glulam construction sites. This is a leading-edge job opportunity for candidates with goals to expand our client’s customer base. Annual base salary and bonus packages are very competitive. Employer will pay for relocation expenses to the remanufacturing CLT/glulam plant sites. (Search Assignment #6449)

Forest Product Manufacturing Project Engineers and CAD Designers needed for $20 MM+ new sawmill/planer projects in the Western U.S.
Well established forest product project engineering consulting firm in the NW is seeking skilled talent to service new clients focused on efficiently converting logs to lumber. Projects range from preliminary design to final design, construction and startups. CAD Designers can make $3,500+ per week, Project Engineers $4,500+ per week. Projects are seasonal depending on markets and financial resources with client companies. Candidates can also work from their homes. (Search Assignment #6377)

Lumber Operations Support Staff Needed by Forest Products Consulting Firm
Annual income can exceed $100K plus. Well established firm with a track record of many successful design, construction and startups is seeking to expand their staff as a result of two major new sawmill startups. If you have 15+ years of experience in any phase of softwood lumber production, maintenance, or operations and are willing to relocate temporarily to selected US-based plant sites, please email or call Carl Jansen directly. This includes jobs as a plant manager and in any of the operations supervision trades. All travel and housing expenses are paid by the consulting firm. (Search Assignment #6409) 

Be sure to visit other pages on our website for career information, resume preparation, articles regarding our industry and personal development. Search North America has many other opportunities with our client firms for qualified supervisors and managers in the electrical/mechanical maintenance, operations, engineering, administrative, sales and marketing fields. We serve clients throughout North America who produce softwood/hardwood lumber, softwood/hardwood plywood, mass plywood panels, oriented strandboard, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, engineered wood products, cross-laminated timber products, and cutstock/remanufactured wood products as well as wood processing equipment, energy generation, resin and chemical producers. For a confidential discussion regarding your skillset and details on our specific client job openings, contact Carl Jansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541/593-2777. We look forward to hearing from you!

PO Box 3577 / Sunriver, Oregon 97707

Selected candidate will have supervisory promotional possibilities. 


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