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Woodyard Operator


What if you were given the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference? At International Paper, you control your destiny. We offer challenging assignments and total rewards in countries around the world. When we say infinite possibilities, we mean it. Apply now and join a community that improves people’s lives, the planet and our company’s performance by transforming renewable resources into products people depend on every day.


Pay Rate:

$24.17 per hour with opportunity to quickly train and certify.



Our mill is a 24/7 operation which requires flexibility. We operate on the Du-Pont 12-hour shift schedule.



The order of shifts below is starting from Monday to Sunday

DS= Day Shift, 6:15am-6:15pm

NS=Night Shift, 6:15pm-6:15am



Physical Location:

Savannah Mill

1201 W Lathrop Ave

Savannah, GA 31415


The Job You Will Perform:

As a Heavy Equipment Trainee, you will start in an entry-level position and perform general physical activities. You will be on track with our training and certification program to learn how to operate heavy equipment outdoors including tractors, bulldozers and rotary cranes in our Woodyard.


This type of training to further your career involves the ability to safely perform the following:

  • General Physical Activities — Considerable use of whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials. As training progresses, work also requires variable amounts of time sitting per shift.
  • Work in Industrial Conditions - May be warm/hot, dusty/dirty, around hazardous chemicals, noise, heavy machinery or elevated working surfaces with proper safety training and safety protection
  • Inspect Equipment or Materials — Inspect equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. Perform basic care route.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Estimate sizes, distances, and quantities.
  • Operate Equipment Outdoors — Run, maneuver, navigate, or drive vehicles to handle logs and wood chips including but not limited to:
    • Skid steer
    • Small wheel loader, medium wheel loader (bark handler)
    • Chip handler
    • Log stacker
    • Rotary crane
  • Control Processes — Continuously watch monitors to detect and correct malfunctions. Think quickly to adjust as necessary to correct production problems and ensure optimal performance.


The Skills You Will Bring:

  • Minimum high school diploma or GED
      • Five years’ equivalent work experience in lieu of degree
  • Critical Thinking — Analyzing situations and using logic to address issues
  • Communication — Conveying information and processes effectively
  • Team Player — Collaborate and work cooperatively across a multi-functional team


This Career Will Require:

  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace. Must be willing to perform many different tasks in a single shift.
  • Active Listening — Respecting team members, taking time to understand, asking questions as appropriate and making note of instructions provided
  • Attention to Detail — Ability to concentrate on detail at a distance for extended periods of time
  • Dependability — Being reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfilling obligations
  • Self-Direction — Demonstration of initiative and willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges with minimal supervision
  • Self-Motivation — Establishing and maintaining challenging goals and exerting effort toward training and moving up to the next position. Use feedback of performance to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Stress Tolerance — Accepting feedback, being calm and effective during high-stress situations.
  • Persistence — Persistence in the face of obstacles.


The Benefits You Will Enjoy:

International Paper offers a benefits package that includes health, welfare and retirement plans including Medical, Dental, Life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Short-term Disability, 401(k) and/or Pension (where applicable), Paid Time Off, Education & Development (including Tuition Reimbursement), and Voluntary Benefits including insurance for home, auto, vision and pets. 


The Career You Will Build:

  • On the job training to advance your career and earn higher wages
  • Leadership training
  • Promotional opportunities including supervisory, training and safety advocate roles



The Impact You Will Make:

We continue to build a better future for people, the plant, and our company! IP has been a good steward of sustainable practices across communities around the world for more than 120 years. Join our team and you’ll see why our team members say they’re Proud to be IP.


The Culture You Will Experience:

International Paper promotes employee well-being by providing safe, caring and inclusive workplaces. You will learn Safety Leadership Principles and have the opportunity to opt into Employee Networking Circles such as IPVets, IPride, Women in IP, and the African American ENC. We invite you to bring your uniqueness, creativity, talents, experiences, and safety mindset to be a part of our increasingly diverse culture.


The Company You Will Join:

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global producer of sustainable packaging, pulp and other fiber-based products, and one of the world's largest recyclers. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., we employ approximately 39,000 colleagues globally who are committed to creating what's next. We serve customers worldwide, with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. Net sales for 2023 were $18.9 billion. Additional information can be found by visiting



International Paper is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.  International Paper complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or (877) 973-3919.

Savannah, GA  31415

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Category:  Hourly Job
Date:  May 21, 2024

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