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Position: Head Sawyer
Company: Almaguin Forest Products, a division of Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve 
Location: South River, Ontario


Almaguin Forest Products is a subsidiary of Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve and produces approximately 4.5 million fbm per year of hardwood lumber and sawmill residues, as well as hardwood timber products like veneer, sawlogs, firewood, and pulp.

Haliburton Forest is a diverse company. It is an outdoor lover’s paradise and a wood lover’s dream. It is a research facility and an education centre. It is a property where members of our community make their livelihoods, and thousands of visitors make their day. Haliburton Forest is 100,000 acres, 100 lakes, and millions of trees, and it is home to countless creatures. Above all, and always, it is a sustainably managed forest.

In summary, Haliburton Forest is one company with two divisions and seven businesses. We provide year-round employment to 70 people and work closely on a regular basis with 30 independent contractors. With a skilled management team and a tight operational focus, our business strategy is to be environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and economically viable in everything that we do, in order that Haliburton Forest may grow and improve over the very long term.


Reporting to the Manager the Head Sawyer will be primarily responsible for operating the headsaw and controlling the pace of the mill.


The following responsibilities are assigned to this position:

  • Operating the headsaw
  • Training and working collaboratively with other employees who are designated as the back-up headsaw operators
  • Keeping a clean and safe workspace at all times.
  • Performing all tasks in accordance with established safe work practices and standard operating procedures
  • Other duties as assigned


The following criteria are the minimum qualifications required for this position:

  • Experience with operating a headsaw,
  • Experience working with bandsaws, hardwood lumber grades, and generally hardwood sawmill operators are also critical.
  • Previous experience in a sawmill environment would be considered an asset.
  • Ability to work in a physical product type environment
  • Ability to embrace hands on solutions to complex challenges
  • Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Flexibility to work overtime as required.


This position will not require the direct supervision of staff.


This position will not require financial management responsibilities.


This position will not require travel.


The schedule for this role is Monday to Thursday 10 hours per day. Flexibility and ability to work overtime may be required.


Compensation will be determined based on the experience of the candidate. Similar to all positions with Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve and its subsidiaries, this position offers three weeks of paid vacation, health benefits after six months, and unlimited recreational access to the 100,000 acres of private land owned and managed by Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Sep 3 2020    ID: 57430