Woodyard Operator (Pulp & Paper)

Full Time

  International Paper

  Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

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The Position

This position reports to the Wood Processing Team in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.  The Grande Prairie mill is a 1000+ tonne per day Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp mill.  It currently operates with approximately 320 mill employees in a high performance, results oriented environment. 

Key Functions 

This role is responsible for operating the Woodroom process as well as the Portal Yard Crane and log loaders in the Woodyard. 

Key Accountabilities 


  • Participate in the safety, health, and environmental activities in accordance with standards established by the Grande Prairie Mill.


Operate mobile and process equipment

  • Complete daily mobile equipment inspection reports
  • Operate the Portal Yard Crane and log loaders unloading trucks and supplying the Woodroom
  • Clean and wash equipment as well as housekeeping duties
  • Operate the Woodroom process equipment and complete process tours
  • Take process samples for lab analysis
  • Shut down, start up process equipment and complete equipment isolations
  • Issue permits: Safe Work; Confined Space; and Hot Work
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems
  • Other duties as assigned


Work Systems Improvements

  • Contribute to the improvement and maintenance of technical standards, work instructions and procedures, identifying and implementing changes as necessary. 


Core Competencies

  • Quality Orientation and Standards Compliance
  • Time Management – Planning and Organizing
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Accountability and Dependability
  • Decision Making and Judgment
  • Communication
  • Team Work



Required qualifications include:

  • High school grade 12 diploma or GED
  • Willing to work a compressed 12-hour shift (days, nights and weekends)
  • Willing and able to work overtime
  • Experience operating heavy equipment
  • Capability using a computer for record keeping and documentation
  • Willing and able to work in a hot, humid, cold and noisy environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and constructively with good verbal and written English skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Comprehend work instructions and set priorities with the ability to work independently as well as part of the team to safely accomplish objectives
  • Proactive approach to troubleshooting/problem identification
  • Able to perform physically demanding work
  • Demonstrated safety leadership
  • Mechanical aptitude 

    Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Heavy equipment operator training certification