Mendocino Forest Products Company, LLC

Break Hoist Operator - Planer

Job Locations US-CA-Scotia
Job ID 2023-3086


Break Hoist Operator Wanted!! Starting Wage: $22.65


Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC (HSC)  is looking for a Break Hoist Operator  to join our Planer  team at our Scotia, CA Sawmill.

  • We have an immediate opening for the right person! 
  • 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;   



Breaks down units of lumber for grade to sort for Planer in a safe and productive manner.

  • Checks for rocks or other items that could damage planer knives and removes them as necessary.
  • Checks for bad incoming lumber and removes as necessary.
  • Keeps lumber straight going into feeder.
  • Keeps infeed chain straight and clean.
  • Pulls stickers when necessary.
  • Keeps equipment and work area clean
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Two to five years related sawmill / planer experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Read, interpret, and understand documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals as well as instructions and memos
  • Ability to add, subtract, two-digit numbers, and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral, or diagram form

Physical Requirements

  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds of weight and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds of weight.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to climb into and off machinery and equipment numerous times daily.
  • The employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. 
  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions and vibration. 
  • The employee is also regularly required to sit when operating equipment.
  • The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and communicate.
  • The employee will be required to work physically with tools such as shovels, axes, other hand tools, and hand power tools.Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.



Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.



Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.



Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback' contributes to building a positive team spirit; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Oral Communication

Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions.


Organizational Support

Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values.


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


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