Kilns Watchman


Northern Hardwoods



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Northern Hardwoods in Atlantic Mine, Michigan is hiring a Part -Time Kilns Watchman.  Sign on Bonus eligible.

About the Role: Responsible for providing monitoring the facility and maintaining vigilance over the facility during days, nights, weekends, and Holidays.

  • Operate wood and gas boilers within parameters while maintaining adequate steam pressure.
  • Check and grease all boiler related bearings.
  • Check and maintain all boiler related feed screws and belts.  Top and bottom ash removal and disposal of ash.
  • Clean all combustibles from boiler room and related areas.
  • Test boiler water chemistry and apply treatment within specifications. Test low water cutoffs daily.
  • Close – open steam valves and headers.
  • Operate front end loader, forklift, scissors lift, and bucket lift as needed.  Perform safety and maintenance checks on equipment as directed.
  • Assist kiln supervisor with conditioning, starting, and stopping of kilns. Check for kiln process errors and correct as needed.
  • Preform proper boiler fuel mixing and usage. Preform sawmill chip removal and decking.
  • Load sawdust, bark, and sawmill chip trucks as needed. Assist with plant snow removal as directed. (seasonal) Generate weekly fire systems report.
  • Regularly check diesel and electric fire pumps for proper operating and readiness condition. Check and maintain hose stations.
  • Contact emergency agencies if needed.
  • Preform fire, water, electrical, and security watches as directed by supervisor. Plant gate admittance during non-production hours.
  • Comply with all Fed, State. and local regulations when operating boilers. Comply with all NHD safety regulations.

 **This is not an exhaustive list of duties

Work Schedule Part– Time; Hourly Non – Exempt: 20 Hours per week; Including swing shift, weekends, and Holidays Proper work attendance is critical.   Work overtime as needed.

Recommended Education / Experience

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent.


  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Mechanical, electrical, heavy equipment operation, computer.
  • Ability to make clear and correct decisions under pressure.

About Northern Hardwoods

Northern Hardwoods is an integrated hardwoods products company that manages the entire forest-to-products process, from harvesting timber to the production of hardwood lumber, pulpwood, and veneer logs in a State-Of-The-Art Hardwood Sawmill. Northern Hardwoods prides itself on its one-of-a-kind white hard maple. The company has capabilities to Surface 2 Sides (S2S) all its products, along with Straight Line Rip One Edge and Rip to Width. Northern Hardwoods specializes in slow drying pre-dry and kiln operation, sustainable forest management, and ripped to width lumber strips. Please visit our website to learn more about the company.

Northern Hardwoods is a portfolio organization of the J.M. Longyear family of companies. Headquartered in Marquette, Michigan, J.M. Longyear is a privately held asset-based manager with 150 years of experience growing long-term value. Longyear’s interests span a vast spectrum of markets that include forestry and land management, mining & metals, hardwood products, manufacturing, real estate, and medical device products. Please visit for more information.