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 Yard Assistant

DATE: February, 2018

DEPARTMENT: Urban Ecology

REPORTS TO: Urban Wood Rescue Program Manager


The Yard Assistant will perform support activities for the Urban Wood Rescue program, including but not limited to: general manual labor, assisting with milling operations, organizing and inventorying wood products, moving and stacking lumber, measuring and cutting wood, monitoring kiln operations, and other duties as assigned.



  1. Assisting with milling and kiln operations
  2. Moving, sorting, stacking, and stickering lumber
  3. Loading and unloading wood products into vehicles
  4. Inventorying, measuring, and recording log and lumber dimensions
  5. Operating forklift, planers, saws, and other woodworking tools and equipment
  6. Maintaining equipment and tools as directed
  7. Contributing to organizational projects, as required
  8. Keeping an orderly and safe work space
  9. Assisting with various administrative and sales processes
  10. Other duties as assigned


EXPERIENCE: 1+ years worth of experience with general laborer duties in an outdoor setting; familiarity with the lumber or tree care industries helpful but not required; experience with nonprofit organizations helpful but not 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 eight 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. This is a manual labor position.

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; 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; good customer service skills a plus; must be comfortable taking initiative but also acting in a supporting role.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Must be able to work outside in all extremes of weather including heat, cold, and wind (the work is primarily outside); may be required to travel with a driver to assist at other job sites; must be organized, dependable, and able to follow directions and work under minimum supervision.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: No formal supervisory role.

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



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