Offering rewarding employment in a nonprofit setting for individuals that are community minded and dedicated to the vision of creating the best urban forest for the Sacramento region.

Urban Wood Rescue Operations Foreman

DATE: February, 2018

DEPARTMENT: Urban Ecology   

REPORTS TO: Urban Wood Rescue Program Manager


In conjunction with Program Manager, the Operations Foreman ensures maximum organization and production of all yard and milling operations for the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Urban Wood Rescue program. Working closely with the Program Manager, they will provide training to new and current employees, oversight to laborers, safety training and enforcement, and basic project management. They will ensure work is completed on time and that all yard operations are safe, efficient, and of high quality. As part of the Urban Wood Rescue team, the Operations Foreman interacts with and educates customers and provides high-quality customer service. The Operations Foreman is responsible for running saws, forklifts, mills, and other equipment. 



  1. Provides leadership and direction to Yard Assistant, interns, laborers, and contractors
  2. Ensures all safety policies and procedures are followed at all times
  3. Conducts milling and drying operations
  4. Contributes to organizational projects, as required
  5. Other duties as assigned


  1. Receives materials and goods, supervises loading and unloading
  2. Examines logs and rough lumber to determine condition to decide best lumber cuts to carry out
  3. Moves, sorts, stacks and stickers lumber
  4. Monitors movement and condition of lumber
  5. Inventories, measures, and records log and lumber dimensions
  6. Operates planers, saws, and other woodworking tools and equipment
  7. Maintains equipment and tools
  8. Keeps an orderly and safe work space
  9. Oversees the maintenance and cleanliness of yard


  1. Conducts various administrative and sales processes
  2. Answers phones and responds to customer inquiries
  3. Trains, mentors, and evaluates employees, interns and contractors
  4. Inputs data and maintains production reports


EXPERIENCE: 2+ years worth of experience with milling and yard duties in an outdoor setting; familiarity with the lumber or tree care industries helpful but not required; experience with heavy equipment such as forklift and skid steer preferred; experience with nonprofit organizations helpful but not required. Valid driver’s license required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to perform physical labor that requires frequent bending and use of arms, hands, legs, and upper body; heavy lifting up to 70 pounds will be required; must be able to stand, walk, and work safely on uneven terrain for six to ten hour shifts; must be able to work in a production environment with wood particles, dust, and other debris in the air; must have the capacity to perform repetitious movements for extended periods.

DESIRED SKILLS: Formal chainsaw training and experience preferred; knowledge of wood characteristics as well as basic mechanics preferred; able to perform basic mathematics; willing to honor all policies and procedures; attention to safety and proper equipment use; familiar with technology such as Microsoft Office suite (Excel and Word), email, smart phones, tablets and related applications/programs; must be organized, dependable, and able to follow directions and work under minimum supervision; strong recordkeeping skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills.

TEMPERAMENT/SOFT SKILLS: Must have a good sense of humor and an ability to get along with a wide variety of people; flexibility to adjust to changing schedules and priorities; able to work cooperatively with others; must be comfortable taking initiative but also acting in a supportive role.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must be able to work outside in all extremes of weather including heat, cold, and wind (the work is primarily outside).

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No formal supervisory role.

EMPLOYMENT TERMS: This is an at-will, permanent, non-exempt position.



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