Procurement Forester/Senior Forester – Skowhegan, Maine

Procurement Forester/Senior Forester
Sappi North America
Skowhegan, Maine

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.

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.

Candidate 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.

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


Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry
Must be able to attain or hold a Maine Forester’s License
Must have valid State Driver’s license
Skills must include: Working knowledge of GIS mapping, timber inventory and analysis, understanding of forestry regulations and compliance, building of forest roads.
Solid understanding of forest markets within the Northeast
Solid understanding of forest certification as it relates to both the management of forest land and the marketing of forest products.
Strong communication skills
Computer literacy in spreadsheets, word processing, network systems
Strong value for safety
Willingness to travel throughout Maine and New Hampshire


Prior experience in the Forestry field
Prior experience procuring timber
Worked on both small private and large industrial forest land
Experience negotiating contracts with both 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.

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.

Additional Information:

Contact Name: Jaime Sayers
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