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As we construct our new facility and get closer to operational status, Restoration Fuels will begin the process of hiring staff for our anticipated needs. These needs include administrative support, technical staff, and laborers. The following are some of the employment opportunities and essential job responsibilities we currently anticipate:

Dryer/Reactor (Torrefaction) Operators – Four operators will be hired and trained to operate the bed dryer and rotary kiln torrefaction unit. Qualified candidates will have technical acumen and will be required to be very safety conscious as they will be the senior (or lead) operator on each crew. They will be required to ensure safe operation and will be held accountable for production throughput goals.  To learn more, download the PDF below. 

Loader Operators – Up to four loader operators will work with Malheur Lumber staff to ensure an adequate supply of chips (raw material) are available and fed into the belt dryer system. Additionally, they will be responsible for all product loading and record keeping for shipments.  To learn more, download the PDF below. 

Densification Operators – Up to four operators will be hired and trained to operate the product densification systems. Additionally, they will coordinate product loadout and shipments with the loader operators and ensure all product QC testing is completed prior to product shipping. To learn more, download the PDF below. 

Maintenance Technicians –   

Two maintenance technicians – one electrician and one millwright – will be hired to provide maintenance support, equipment repairs, and minor process upgrades. As we will be integrating the Restoration Fuels operation into the existing infrastructure of the Malheur Lumber operation, the two maintenance technicians will provide maintenance service to both operations as required. Specific requirements for each technician are as follows:

Electrician - Journeyman - Seeking a Journeyman Electrician. Requirements include a State of Oregon Journeyman's Electrician's License, and must be 18 years of age or older to operate equipment. Duties include the performing of all the functions of an electrician: Troubleshoot and repair machinery, electrical infrastructure and SCADA system; Facilitate proper lock out procedures for machinery and equipment; Take instruction from the Supervising Electrician and Department Superintendent; Report unsafe conditions to Supervisor; Assist co-workers with necessary cleanup work. The work week is typically a day shift with some off shift support. To learn more, download PDF below.

Millwright - Journeyman - Seeking a Journeyman Millwright, with at least four years experience. Experience required in the following: building and machinery repair, maintaining and troubleshooting hydraulic systems, reading and understanding blueprints and the application of such in building construction, fabrication, and machine installation, calibrating and using test equipment, Weld with Gas and Electric and cut with gas.18 years of age or older to operate equipment. The work week is typically a day shift with some off shift support. To learn more, download PDF below.



Salaried exempt employees will be paid an annual salary commensurate with their position, experience level, and relative cost of living for the John Day area. Salaried non-exempt employees will be paid an hourly wage (with OT wages for any time worked in excess of 40 hours per week) commensurate with their position and experience level.

Hourly employees will be paid an hourly wage in accordance with their level of responsibility and on a wage scale commensurate with the existing operating staff at Malheur Lumber. Overtime wages will be paid for any time worked beyond a 40 hour work week and potentially for any time worked beyond a regularly scheduled shift (See section on Schedule and Rotation).

Schedule and Rotation

Since the Restoration Fuels operation will operate on a 24-hr/day, 7-day/week schedule, a rotating shift schedule will be developed to ensure proper staffing at all times. This may be an 8-hour rotating work schedule, a 10-hour rotating schedule, or a 12-hour rotating schedule. Overtime payment will be based on this rotating schedule and in accordance with the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) requirements. The QC technician and maintenance technicians will not be required to follow the rotational schedule but may be required to work split shifts and/or odd hours depending upon the operational requirements.


Interested? Please send an email and resume to our Operations Manager, Joe Koerner, at to begin the conversation.