Planer Operator

Kalesnikoff Lumber
Posted a month ago
$28.50 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 Planer Operator, under the direction of Planer Supervisor, is responsible for executing all planer specific production activities. As part of the planer team, the Planer Operator will operate the planer infeed, package lumber, operate a stacker, and pile lumber.


  • Ensuring the area is safe and secure before running equipment – the operator is responsible for ensuring all gates and guards are in place and operational before running equipment.
  • Assist in developing Safe Work Procedures and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Understanding quality demands, recognizing issues, and reporting them to the QA Tech, Maintenance Person and/or Supervisor, as applicable to the situation.
  • Maintaining clean and organized working area –catwalks, chop-saw station, etc. (examples include storing tools properly, cleaning up personal items between shifts like drink and food containers.)
  • Communicating with upstream and downstream internal stakeholders like the Maintenance Team, Quality Control, Forklift Team, etc.
  • Monitor movement of lumber through the line, display monitors, as well as in the planer itself, to ensure smooth, efficient, jam-free operations.
  • Understand and comply with all company policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as requested or required.


  • (1) year of experience in a production environment, with preference to those who have worked in a sawmill environment.
  • Minimum High School Diploma with a preference for relatable post-secondary training.
  • Wood species knowledge, an asset.
  • Lumber grade knowledge, an asset.
  • Production oriented focus, with eye for improvement and safety
  • Receptive to change – can adapt to changing circumstances.

Working Conditions:

  • Ability to crouch, stoop, crawl and climb when dealing with jam-ups or other production related issues.
  • Ability to operate in a seated position for periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate on/off radio.
  • Hand and finger dexterity required for operating machinery consoles and directing material flow.
  • Occasional ability to operate a chainsaw and remove heavy chunks of log/debris.
  • Occasional ability to lift and manipulate objects of up to 50 lbs. for 5m at a time.
  • Occasional ability to safely use hand and power tools.
  • Exposure to industrial noise, and dust generated through processing of logs and lumber.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment for the manufacturing site, as well as PPE specific to tasks being completed.

Compensation Package:

  • Wage: Starting at $28.50
  • Schedule: Days: 6:30am – 3:00pm, Afternoon: 3:00pm-11:30pm
  • 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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