Career Opportunities

Forester - Inventory

Forestry Division - Burlington District
Mount Vernon, WA
Close:  12/20/2018
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description

At Sierra Pacific Industries, we understand our greatest strength is the people who choose to build a career with us.

And, what does it mean to be part of the Sierra Pacific family? It means you are a valued team member and part of a growing third-generation family-owned forest products company built on hard work, innovation, and wise investments.
With over 5,000 crew members in over 30 states, Sierra Pacific offers many opportunities for personal and professional growth; from entry-level to skilled trades, from truck drivers to sales managers, from foresters to engineers – for everyone!  We invite you to learn more about our history, our 2 million acres of forestlands, and our state-of-the-art wood product and window manufacturing facilities at

Our Forestry Division has an opening for a qualified GIS / Inventory Forester with a working knowledge of forest inventory methods and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  The successful applicant will work out of the Burlington, Washington office.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares our passion for land stewardship and the forest industry and seeks to advance their career.

About the Position
Maintain and update GIS files, data, and software
Develop GIS tools and products for use by other district personnel
Maintain and update forest inventory data
Manage annual inventory data collection
Train and check cruise seasonal inventory foresters and contract cruisers
Annual timber harvest depletions and reporting
Provide GIS training and support to other district personnel
Support acquisitions and other special projects
Assist with work on district programs, including silviculture, road maintenance, harvest permits, and field work

Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry, GIS, or related field preferred 
Working knowledge of forest inventory methods and proficiency with GIS, including experience with ArcGIS 10, ArcGIS Pro, SuperACE, and FLIPS
Experience with Lidar data, 3D Analyst tools, and Spatial Analyst tools preferred
Experience with other PNW growth and yield models a plus
Strong computer skills required, including proficiency in Microsoft Excel; experience with Microsoft Access is a plus
Timber cruising experience and familiarity with PNW species
Demonstrated organizational skills with superior attention to detail
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Positive attitude, self-motivated, ability to work as a “team” member in a crew environment

Why Join Our Team? 
Because this is more than an invitation, it's a commitment to offer opportunities for personal and professional growth to everyone! We ask people to grow with us and make the company even better.

We provide an excellent benefit package including a full Health Benefits Plan with low cost premiums, a 401(k) with Company Match, additional Retirement Contributions, and company paid Life Insurance.

In addition, for over 38 years, the Sierra Pacific Foundation has provided scholarships to help the children of our crew members with education expenses. Each year, we give an average of $500,000 in scholarships. 

How To Apply
If you are qualified and would like to join our team, please send a cover letter referencing this position and a resume by December 20, 2018 to:

Sierra Pacific Industries
Paul Niemer, Human Resources
PO Box 496011
Redding, CA  96049
(530) 378-8107

Sierra Pacific Industries is a third generation family-owned company based in Northern California. Sierra Pacific owns and sustainably manages nearly 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. We are growing forests for our future, planting over 6 million new trees every year. Our forests are managed under a 100-year plan by Registered Professional Foresters, Wildlife Biologists, Botanists, and other professionals.

Sierra Pacific effectively utilizes nearly 100% of every piece of wood we bring to our mills. In fact, the small amount that isn’t turned into windows, millwork, lumber, or landscaping material is actually converted into electricity in our seven biomass-fueled power plants.

As part of our safety in the workplace policy, an offer of employment is subject to a negative drug screen result. We are also proud that all Sierra Pacific facilities follow our tobacco-free policy. We verify the social security number of all newly hired employees. Sierra Pacific is an (EOE) Equal Opportunity Employer, including those with a disability and veterans.

Hear from our valued SPI family, in their own words and through their own stories, what it's like to build a career at Sierra Pacific Industries.