Sawmill Operations Trainee

Sawmill Operations Trainee, Port Angeles, Washington

When you join our team as a Sawmill Operations Trainee, you will participate in a structured learning plan designed to include both a formal educational component and specific hands on learning in sawmill operations. Successful candidates will complete the one-year program with a Wood Processing Associate Certificate from BCIT and with the potential to progress from this position to operational roles within Interfor’s sawmills.

Under the guidance of the Mill Manager, the Sawmill Operations Trainee will develop skills in all functional areas of sawmill operation including, production, maintenance, quality, transportation and logistics, sales and marketing, customer relations, and environmental, health and safety. Applied learning in the workplace will be supplemented with mentorship, coaching and coursework.

What You’ll Do

Successful candidates will obtain knowledge and experience in all aspects of sawmill operation including key learnings in each of the following areas:

  • Safety Leadership
  • Forestry and Harvesting
  • Wood Procurement
  • Sawmill Operation – overview, primary and secondary breakdown and trimmer/sorter/stacker
  • Saw filing
  • Sawmill maintenance and planning
  • Working at night
  • Planer Operations
  • Planer maintenance
  • Sawmill and Planer mill quality control
  • Boilers and kilns
  • Sawmill leadership

What You Offer

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Strong preference for post-secondary education degree
  • At least one year of service with Interfor is preferred
  • Ability to travel with a valid Passport or the ability to obtain a passport.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Career-focused with ambitions to work in leadership roles in sawmill operations along with the willingness to relocate
  • Desire and ability to learn
  • Ability to effectively communicate with employees and external parties
  • Team player with strong work ethic
  • Computer skills and aptitude

Who We Are
Interfor is a growth-oriented forest products company, operating in all major forest products markets across North America. We offer one of the most diverse lines of wood products to customers around the globe, produced in safety-focused, world-class facilities. We strengthen and contribute to the local economies, build value for our employees and customers, and operate with world-leading sustainable forest management practices. We are proud to produce sustainable building materials that contribute to a healthy and sustainable future. Check out to learn more about our approach to sustainability.

Interfor is one of the largest forest products companies in the world and we’re growing in exciting directions. Come be a part of our success! #StartHereGoFar

What We Offer
Interfor builds value for our employees by providing a career where they can contribute, grow, and prosper. We offer a competitive salary, based both on what you bring to the role and benchmarked to market conditions. You’ll also get a competitive benefits package including:

  • Group Benefit Programs (Employee Medical, Dental, Vision Plans)

  • Short Term Disability Insurance

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Life and AD&D Insurance

  • Additional (Employee Paid) Life Insurance

  • HSA Medical Plan with Employer Match

  • Supplemental Insurance (Accident, Hospital & Critical Illness)

  • 401(k) Matching Plan

  • Participation in our Employee Share Purchase Plan (ESPP)

  • Paid Vacation

  • Employee Assistance Program

We want you to grow your career with Interfor. With our industry leading training programs and track record of promoting from within, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ‘Start Here. Go Far.’ Check out our Employee Development Programs to learn more at

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants offered a position must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and background check. Interfor is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.