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Procurement Forester/Senior Forester

Country:  United States
Country/Region:  Un
City:  Skowhegan
State/Province:  Maine


Career Opportunity


Sappi Somerset is among the largest paper mills in North America, producing over 970,000 metric tons of graphics and board paper and 530,000 metric tons of pulp each year. The mill began as a greenfield pulp mill in 1976, supplying fiber for Scott paper tissue mills.  The first of three state-of-the-art coated paper machines was installed in 1982, with subsequent machines installed in 1986 and 1990.  Significant reinvestments over the years has maintained Somerset's edge on technology and also to branch out from traditional graphic paper into SBS board grades with the rebuild of PM1 in 2018.  The mill can also produce market pulp based on fiber balance, and continues to push for world class status in the realms of safety, quality, and productivity.


Position (job title):  Procurement Forester/Senior Forester 

Department:  Procurement 

Work Site:  Mill Somerset 


This position offers the opportunity to work and grow in a vibrant, forward-thinking environment with a team of highly-skilled, dedicated employees.  The person in this role is integral to the overall success of the Somerset Operations and, as such, is a key member of the management team.


You will be responsible for purchasing and harvesting standing timber stumpage with the goal to supply high quality fiber and fuel to the Somerset mill.


Candidate will manage and maintain a logging force to harvest and deliver the wood, promote and practice land stewardship ethics to ensure SFI certification, maintain record-keeping to track stumpage and support logger/landowner relations.



Strong negotiating skills, computer literacy in spreadsheets, word processing, network systems access skills and knowledge of wood procurement information systems, excellent interpersonal skills, general understanding of the forest products industry.



  • Strong value for safety.
  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry.
  • Must have worked for a minimum of two years as a forester or four years as a forest technician.
  • Must attain or hold a Maine Forester's License.
  • Must have valid state driver’s license and a safe driving record.
  • Skills must include: working knowledge of GIS mapping, timber inventory and analysis, understanding of forest regulations and compliance, building  forest roads.
  • Solid understanding of forest markets within the northeast.
  • Understanding of forest certification as it relates to the management of forest land.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Computer literacy in spreadsheets, word processing, network systems.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Maine and northern New Hampshire.



  • Prior experience procuring timber from small private landowners.
  • Worked on both small private and large industrial forest land.
  • Experience negotiating contracts with  landowners and contractors.


Salary is determined by a number of factors including the value of the job to the organization, market forces, internal equity and skills brought to the job.

HR Contact for Questions:  Jaime M Sayers 

Contact Information:  207-238-3496 , 

Sappi provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Sappi complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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