Forklift Lead Hand KLC

Kalesnikoff Lumber
Posted 5 months ago
$35.00 – $40.00 per hour
Full Time

Job Description

For over 80 years and four generations, our family has been inspired by forests and the endless possibilities for designing and building with wood. We began as a horse-logging operation in 1939 and have grown to become an industry-leading mass timber provider with a high-tech sawmill. From seedlings to solutions, we see our products through the entire process — from forest management to manufacturing, design, prefabrication, and delivery.

As an independent, family-owned, and operated company, we recognize that people are our most valuable resource. As we continue to grow, we’re searching for individuals who enjoy a hands-on approach to work tasks and thrive in a team-based environment.

Role and Objectives:

The Forklift Lead Hand under the direction of the General Manager of Manufacturing, is responsible for supporting managing our Operational needs across our KLC site, including our satellite yards, excluding KMT. The Forklift Lead Hand will provide support and direction to a team operating in a forever changing environment.


  • Look after the health and safety of you and your crew
  • Manage the performance of the Forklift Team
  • Manage yard inventory in a way that supports full-product utilization from each sawmill & planer run
  • Keep all Team members well-educated on upcoming production requirements (sawmill/planer/kiln/shipping needs)
  • Manage the inventory of storage-related consumables
  • Operate forklift and support and assist the Team where needed
  • Manage and oversee the transfer of lumber to our Value-add facilities
  • Support Team members with daily/weekly tactical decisions
  • Maintain a two-week running schedule that meets the needs of all other departmental requirements
  • Maintain a relief pool that has the experience and skills to provide vacation/sick day relief
  • Ensure our training is consistent with the expectations of our Due Diligence program
  • Keep our SWP’s current and up-to-date
  • Work with the Maintenance Team at ensuring our assets are being operated consistent with our maintenance expectations.  Schedule maintenance opportunities that provide win-win results
  • Manage the hours on all forklifts to ensure our usage is in line with all lease agreements.


  • (3) years of experience as a Forklift operator.
  • High School Diploma, or equivalent GED, etc.
  • Forklift Certificate
  • Previous experience in a supervisory role is considered an asset.
  • Previous experience operating forklift in lumber manufacturing environment.
  • Proven track record of showcasing a high level of safety awareness.
  • Proven track record of showcasing strong team skills.
  • Mature and able to work unsupervised.
  • High personal standard for quality of work
  • Ability to maintain safe working behaviors and organization in a fast-paced and consistently evolving environment.
  • Commitment to getting the job done and working longer hours as needed.

Work Conditions

  • Overtime as required.
  • Occasional exposure to dust and fumes
  • Exposure to industrial noise, moving equipment, and overlapping work-zones.
  • Occasional safety lockouts and access to equipment
  • Requires frequent stooping/bending/crouching, reaching, handling, finger dexterity, sitting, standing, walking, and lifting 30 or more lbs.
  • Constant finger dexterity and ability to hear, and talk, on/off radio in an industrial setting.
  • Occasional climbing and carrying


Compensation Package:

  • Wage: $35.00 – $40.00.  Dependent on skills and experience.
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday
  • Extended health benefits including health, dental, vision, travel, Health Spending Account and RRSP program.
  • Team building and social events.
  • Training, development, and mentorship opportunities
  • Opportunity to advance in your career.
  • Work-life balance
  • A great culture where we truly value our employees.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to “>

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

At Kalesnikoff, working safely is an expectation. In your role you will have the time and resources needed to meet that expectation.

About our Kootenay home:

Are the mountains calling you? From beautiful parks and forests, pristine lakes, breathtaking valleys and stunning mountain ranges, the West Kootenay region is a highly desired and special place to call home. With an abundance of recreation including ski areas, golf courses, hot springs, and endless hiking, biking and other outdoor activities, the Kootenays isn’t just a region, it’s a lifestyle. Our vibrant mountain towns are full of arts, culture, food, history and caring communities. What are you doing after work today?

Equal opportunity commitment:

Kalesnikoff is a committed equal opportunity employer. Kalesnikoff’s recruitment strategy is designed to attract the best person for each position, to ensure equality of opportunity for all applicants, and to promote our corporate vision and culture. When considering applicants for positions within our Company, only job-related criteria such as ability, merit and responsibility are used to evaluate applicants. Kalesnikoff prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of any characteristic protected by applicable law.

Kalesnikoff is committed to treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. Kalesnikoff believes in integration and equal opportunity. Kalesnikoff is committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner and will do so by identifying barriers to accessibility and meeting accessibility standards in accordance with applicable law.


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