Career Opportunities

April 2019

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. 

Southern Yellow Pine Grade Lumber Plant Operations Manager
Base salary can exceed $125,000 (DOE), plus bonus package. Mid-South based, family owned sawmill complex with two band head rigs capable of processing 40” plus diameter SYP in 16’ cut-to-length logs is seeking a mill manager to oversee all phases of a state-of-the-art, 80 MMBF / year operation with plans for future expansion. Significant capital improvements have been made during the past 6 months. Candidate skillset includes management of a high-grade lumber cutting, large-log operation. Manager must possess strong leadership qualities and focus on employee safety, cross-training, and successful operation and maintenance of a log breakdown, drying, and planer grading operation. Candidate should also be skilled in developing return to log profit values, depending on lumber market values, as well as new and existing customer product desires. This opportunity should be attractive for many qualified candidates with a focus on managing their own single mill operation with limited oversight compared to standard large, corporate-based operations. (Search Assignment #6466) 

Remanufacturing Stetson-Ross/Coastal Head Planerman
Base annual compensation $100,000 plus (DOE), including company vehicle. Family-owned, multi-plant, integrated log procurement sawmill operation is seeking a Head Planerman to oversee planer equipment changeovers at their high-end Western Red Cedar remanufacturing facility located in Washington State. 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 (moulding 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. (Search Assignment #6464) 

Wood Products Treating Plant Operations Manager
Base salary to $105,000 with relocation and a significant annual profit-sharing bonus package, as well as a sign-on bonus of up to $15K (DEO). Major wood products public corporation with over 40 facilities across the U.S. and Canada, is seeking to hire a results-oriented manager to upgrade a newly acquired facility in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Due to the attractive existing customer base and expansive location, the company will be investing in significant capital improvements and an experienced management team. Selected candidate must have a track record focused on low lost time accidents, safety issues, profit improvement, and working with skilled results-oriented sales management staff. Candidate should have 8-10 years of experience in lumber, plywood, or treated wood processing operation management. Production lines consist of a wide variety of treated wood products, which include utility poles, marine pilings, lumber, and plywood products. Our client is offering a very competitive benefit package. This opportunity needs to be filled with an overachiever in production and maintenance management. (Search Assignment #6458)

Manufacturing Plant Shift Supervisor
Base salary to $90,000 (DOE), plus generous benefit package. Our wood products based client, with a new plant operation near the northern coast of California, is expanding to a two-shift operation and requires a team leader to oversee machine operator training and safety issues in every phase of this new plant operation. Key candidate attributes include three years or more experience as a production shift supervisor (with a focus on optimization and automation), and excellent communication skills with senior management and hourly employees. Selected candidate should be a forward-thinking shift supervisor with a positive approach to a wide range of challenges during the second shift startup phase and future plant operations. Advancement beyond this initial assignment is dependent on how the selected candidate can affect the plant’s future profitability in a team-based environment. A background in lumber is not required. Our client’s goal is to hire during the first quarter of 2019. (Search Assignment #6463)

Maintenance and Construction Manager
Salary to $125,000/yr, plus bonus and benefit package. Our client, in the Western US, is seeking a skilled manager with industrial electrical and mechanical experience to oversee improving current maintenance activities through applying hands-on leadership with a focus on preventive maintenance planning and implementation in the field, improving electrical and mechanical craft cross-training programs within the 20-person maintenance team (electrical, mechanical & rollingstock), establishing a high-valued computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), and reducing unscheduled downtime.  In addition, client is planning to upgrade a 100KBF/shift large-log sawmill and add a new 200KBF/shift small-log sawmill within the next 24 months. Added improvements also focuses on new dry kiln and planer operations. Our client company has a significant ponderosa pine timberland base sufficient to extract log supply for lumber production beyond stated shift production targets. The focus is on maximizing the return-to-log values from the timber base through innovative marketing and sales programs. Once they have improved the small-log sawmill and senior management has approved the planer engineering details, the Maintenance Manager will then provide technical direction focused on insuring the construction schedule meets specific targets, including completion and startup with no lost time accidents. (Search Assignment #6450)

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!

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