Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

MFP - UKSM - Planer - Grader - Trainee ( Apprentice Grader)

Job Locations US-CA-Ukiah
Job ID 2021-2118




Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC (MFP), is looking for a Grader Trainee: Apprentice Grader to join our PLANER team at our Ukiah, CA Sawmill.

  • We have immediate openings for the right people! 
  • We are an essential business with on the job training in multiple career opportunities.
  • The company offers secure employment, family-level wages, company paid medical, dental, and vision benefits plus much more. 


The Mendocino Family of Companies (Mendocino Forest Products Company, Mendocino Redwood Company, Humboldt Redwood Company, Humboldt Sawmill Company,  and Allweather Wood), is a leading manufacturer and distributor of environmentally certified redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber products throughout California and the Western U.S. Our culture is based in environmental stewardship and community support. The company maintains Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certification for its forestlands, manufacturing, and distribution operations.Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC (HRC) was formed in July 2008 through the reorganization of the former Pacific Lumber Company and related entities. Humboldt Redwood consists of forestry as well as lumber manufacturing and distribution operations.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The key areas of focus for this position are as follows;   


Inspect and grade milled, rough sawed, or dimensional stock lumber in a safe and productive manner.

  • Examine lumber on table, moving belt, chain conveyor, or in racks for defects such as knots, stains, decay, splits, faulty edges, pitch pockets, wormholes, and defective milling
  • Grade lumber to ensure specified dimensions
  • Mark lumber to indicate grade and processing instructions
  • Tally pieces of lumber according to grade and board footage
  • Determine cuts to be made to obtain highest marketable value from material
  • Remove unsatisfactory pieces from conveyor or table and place pieces on stacks, in bins, or on carts
  • Scale board footage and record results
  • Pull graded lumber into unit form


  • One-year certificate from college or technical school; or two to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • All beginning graders with little to no grading experience start here.
  • The Student must continually improve their performance and strive to achieve 95% on grade inspections. If the student shows no improvement after one year, management or quality assurance may reevaluate his or her ability or skills to become an MFP/HSC Grader
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees of the organization.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals and compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations

Physical Requirements

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • The employee is frequently exposed to vibration.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and risk of electrical shock.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • This position requires wearing eye protection, hearing protection, safety shoes, hard hat, leather or rubber gloves, sleeve protection, leather aprons and face shields.


Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.

Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.


Equal Opportunity Employer, Valuing Diversity of our Workforce and Offering a Drug Free Work Place


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