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Kiln Attendant

  • Full Time
  • Nakina
  • 2024-04-28

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Position Title: Kiln Attendant
Posting ID: USW2024-06
Posting Date: Refreshed February 28, 2024
Job Type: Permanent full-time
Salary: Competitive salary and benefit package
Supplemental Wages: Overtime opportunities
Work Site: Nakina, in-person
Hours/Shifts: 8 hour shifts;
24/7 on-call responsibilities

Company Overview:

Located in beautiful northern Ontario, Nakina Lumber Inc. (Nakina Lumber), a subsidiary of the Buchanan group of companies, is a fully functioning lumber mill, manufacturing finished lumber products from trees harvested from the Ogoki Forest. With up to 120 employees at any given time, Nakina Lumber provides a variety of employment opportunities for individuals, from general labourer positions, which require no prior experience, to skilled trade positions, such as industrial electrician, millright, saw filer and heavy equipment mechanic. Various supervisory opportunities also exist, across all aspects of the operation. Nakina Lumber is committed to ensuring at least 75% of its workforce is indigenous and is further committed to supporting the local economy through its targeted recruitment across Greenstone and the three First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls. Nakina Lumber is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Certified).

Why Nakina Lumber?

Steady, year-round employment; on-the-job training; opportunities for advancement; healthcare benefits (drug, dental, vision, extended healthcare); life and disability insurance; pension; free, on-site parking with electrical hook-up; free bus or van transportation to and from the worksite, for Monday to Friday dayshift, for those without personal transportation; provision of personal protective equipment at no cost to employees; a subsidized lunch program; access to an on-site Counsellor & Case Manager; a friendly, supportive environment committed to employee success. Assistance with relocation expenses and temporary accommodation may also be available.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the Yard Supervisor, the Kiln Attendant is responsible for the operation, maintenance and quality control as it relates to stacking and drying of lumber within the kiln and is further responsible for maintaining production levels.


To reliably attend work for scheduled shifts.
• To work safely, in compliance with all company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
• To drive accountability for safely achieving shift targets and ensure the safe and efficient operation of the kiln.
• To follow production protocol as established by the Yard Supervisor.
• To inform the Yard Supervisor of all production or processing problems, maintenance concerns or policy and procedure issues in a timely manner.
• To operate and monitor kiln charges as per schedule.
• To complete kiln tallies and control inventory of green and dry lumber.
• To maintain preventative maintenance schedule and work with the maintenance team to support continuous improvement in operations.
• To maintain quality control programs.
• To coordinate and assist Operators in the push/pull of kiln loads (spotter).
• To keep tracks clear of snow and debris.
• To maintain a clean and safe work environment.
• To address concerns directly with the appropriate supervisor, or lead hand in the absence of the supervisor, in a timely manner, and to support problem solving around the concern(s) brought forward.
• To conduct oneself in a manner that contributes to a culturally safe, inclusive and respectful workplace.
•Other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time.


• Experience working in a lumber mill or manufacturing environment considered an asset.
• Heavy Equipment training/experience considered an asset.
• Proficient in Microsoft office and comfortable navigating various database systems.
• Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks, with minimal supervision.
• Receptive and responsive to receiving direction and supervision.
• Access to a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.
• An ability to stand for extended periods of time, walk, climb stairs and crouch while completing manual tasks; ability to do so during seasonal outdoor temperatures.
• Ability to lift, pull or push up to 50 pounds.
• An ability to focus in a loud environment, surrounded by lots of activity.
• An ability to commit to reliable and consistent attendance.
• A strong work ethic.

Interested candidates, please forward an up-to-date copy of your resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources at

***This is an equal opportunity position***
In order to ensure equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, Nakina Lumber provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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