Career Opportunities

July, 2018

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. Candidates must be qualified to perform and generate POSITIVE RESULTS! 

Maintenance and Support Positions

Maintenance and Construction Manager
Salary to $130,000/yr, plus bonus and benefit package. Our client, in the Western US, is seeking a skilled manager with industrial electrical 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 mechanical and electrical 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 improvement 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)


Engineering & Technical Positions

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)

Sales and Marketing Positions

Candidates with a successful track record in wood products sales and marketing are encouraged to apply directly to Carl Jansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-593-2777 on a confidential basis. 


Operations Management Positions

Lumber Products Supervisor and Superintendent 
Job Opportunities in Coastal British Columbia Mills
Western Forest Products, with annual sales exceeding C$1 Billion and producing 1.1 Billion plus BF of lumber, has engaged the staff at Search North America to search and recruit high performance lumber supervisors and superintendents, within sawmill, planermill and quality control operations. During the past several years, Western Forest Products has spent over C$125 million in capital improvements throughout their sawmills on Vancouver Island. Lumber production has exceeded 1.1 Billion BF, and annual sales have exceeded C$1 Billion over the past three years. All the timber resources have not been affected by the mountain pine beetle, or anything like the major interior B.C. forest fires. WFP is the largest crown timber tenure holder in Coastal B.C. Their timber resource base is directed to the highest margin converting opportunities for specialty lumber products. Due to pending retirement, WFP is focusing on hiring promotable management candidates NOW.

The staff at SNA has worked for many Canadian firms, from British Columbia to New Brunswick. Our mission is to seek British Columbia and Alberta based residents to work for a progressive, forward-thinking company with corporate offices in Vancouver, B.C. These job opportunities are for qualified sawmill, planer or quality control supervisors and superintendents in sawmill locations on Vancouver Island. Selected candidates should have solid written and verbal communication skills, a minimum of 5 years mill supervision, expertise in the use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), a track record in crew safety supervision (low crew incident rates), and demonstrated promotable potential beyond the initial employment role. WFP’s current workforce is facing retirement opportunities that will allow advancement of new hires in many future job assignments. Given the significant capital investments, the future is bright for qualified, high-performance personnel at WFP. (Search Assignment #6441)

Thin MDF Specialty Board Operations Manager
Base salary to $120K, plus very attractive incentive package. New investor starting up existing panel board plant in the Pacific NW. The company's two Maximum Achievable Control Technology compliant production lines include refiners, dryers, pressing and sizing equipment designed to produce 140 MSF - 1/8” annually. Their focus is on servicing a broad customer base seeking a lightweight, high performance engineered wood product. Applications in a wide variety of markets include furniture components, exhibits, architectural interior uses, structural and cross-laminated timber construction. This startup, in an existing MDF facility, could generate more than $50 million / year in sales of value-added products. Our client is seeking a hands-on, skilled Operations Manager to oversee all phases of this start up, and lead organizational development for long-term operations. Management skills in safety, operator training, quality control, preventive maintenance, and machine upgrades are essential. Selected candidate should have at least 5 years of plant operations supervision experience in plywood, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, or oriented strand board production, with a focus on leadership, planning and training. Successful plant startup and organizational development skills are desirable. Owner is seeking a candidate with upward mobility capabilities and a commitment to professional and company growth and development. The client company has 16 registered patents on the process and product design in twelve industrial countries, including the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. (Search Assignment #6426)

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)

Administrative Positions

Candidates with a successful track record in wood products administration (which includes accounting, finance, human resources, safety, information systems, business information systems development/implementation, and website development) are encouraged to apply directly to Carl Jansen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-593-2777 on a confidential basis.

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, laminated veneer lumber, 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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