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Title: Director of Business Development
Sustainable Northwest Wood Distribution Center
Employment: Full-time with benefits
Location: Sustainable Northwest Wood Office
225A SE Division Place
Portland, OR 97202
Reports to: Ryan Temple, President, Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.
Sustainable Northwest Wood www.snwwood.com is the regional leader in providing local and sustainable wood products. Our mission is to facilitate the incorporation of local materials in green building projects and support rural wood products manufacturing businesses by expanding their sales opportunities. We serve wholesale and contractor markets throughout the West by offering structural lumber, hardwoods, architectural millwork and landscape timbers.
We are a for-profit subsidiary of Sustainable Northwest (SNW), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to restoring forests, rivers, and rangelands for healthier habitat and clean air and water. Founded in 1994, SNW brings people together to find common ground, to heal the land and rebuild rural economies.
Summary of Responsibilities:
SNW Wood is proven and innovative company that encourages creativity, initiative and growth in its employees. We believe that personal fulfillment is a critical ingredient to professional success. We are closely affiliated with SNW, a dynamic organization that encourages diverse responsibilities among its staff and collaboration among its initiatives. Within the framework of its mission, SNW employs an entrepreneurial approach to its programmatic focus, work, and employment.
We are seeking a sales experienced candidate with excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail and a foundation of knowledge in wood products and small business management. The successful candidate will possess:
$40,000 base plus profit sharing incentives of at least $15,000.
We offer excellent benefits, including:
Anticipated Start Date:
September 1, 2014
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 27, 2014
Sustainable Northwest is an equal opportunity employer.
So you want to work with juniper? Good idea. This remarkable wood promises incredible durability in outdoor settings, as well as an organic, natural, and rich wabi-sabi aesthetic for pieces both indoors and out.
We recommend learning about, and then working with, juniper's unique properties. This wood has very different characteristics than other common species, so adjust your plans and technique to accommodate, and then enjoy the results!
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Photo above: This magnificent juniper conference table, built by Neil Kelly Cabinets, uses many dimensions of juniper, including our 6x6 landscaping timbers, 8/4 and 12/4 slabs, and our 2x6 landscaping timbers.
Photo below: This juniper slat wall, built by Green Furniture Solutions, was built on plywood first so the juniper lumber could be manually straightened and then screwed down, ensuring a finished piece with perfectly straight lines. Photo by James Lohman.
Since its creation in 2002, local design-build firm Green Hammer has truly put its money where its mouth is when it comes to using only the most sustainable lumber and wood products available.
Every Green Hammer project is built with lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Green Hammer was the first contractor in the United States to achieve its own chain-of-custody certification from FSC, and founder Stephen Aiguier is an ardent advocate for the advanced forestry techniques embodied by FSC's auditing system.
FSC is, of course, only one way to measure the sustainability of wood products. Other sources including urban salvage and reclaimed timbers can also provide legitimately green lumber, and Green Hammer regularly employs these sources in its projects.
Back in 2005, before FSC wood was readily available at local lumberyards, Stephen was frustrated by the difficulty in sourcing good wood. He teamed up with local forester Peter Hayes to establish the Build Local Alliance, a pioneering non-profit that helps connect builders and designers to local sawmills and wood sources.
Sustainable Northwest Wood is a member and supporter of the Build Local Alliance, and much of our wood comes from mills that have achieved continued growth and success thanks to the networking connections enabled by Stephen's early leadership and vision.
These days, due in large part to forward-thinking builders like Green Hammer who insist on their use, FSC lumber and other kinds of uber-local, deep-green wood are readily available to Portland builders through Sustainable Northwest Wood, the Build Local Alliance, and a rich network of salvage and reclaimed operations.
Green Hammer continues to make beautiful use of these wood products in each of its projects, setting an example for other builders while supporting local sawmills and forest restoration projects.
We applaud and thank the folks at Green Hammer for their hard work and continued commitment to sustainable wood.
Photo at top: The cedar fascia on this home is FSC 100%, sourced through Sustainable Northwest Wood and the Build Local Alliance.
Photo below: The Doug fir trim shown is this photo is FSC, as are the framing, plywood, and all other structural wood materials that comprise this artful home.