May 10 2017

We're Hiring! Applications being accepted for a summer internship

By KC Eisenberg

We are a different kind of lumberyard: We exclusively offer locally sourced materials from well-managed forests and ecosystem restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Products include: hardwood and softwood lumber, plywood, countertops, flooring, interior finishes, landscaping products, and live edge slabs.

Sustainable Northwest Wood (SNW Wood) was founded in 2008 as a for-profit subsidiary of the non-profit organization Sustainable Northwest. Sustainable Northwest works throughout the Pacific Northwest to forge collaborative solutions that restore forests, rivers, rangelands, and rural economies.  Our profits are returned to Sustainable Northwest and support their work.

We are guided by the mission of supporting small mills in rural communities, bolstering sustainable economic development and job creation. 

Position: Marketing & Business Development Intern
Compensation: $9.75/hour for June 2017 and $11.25/hour for July and August 2017
Dates: Part time (28 hours week) June-August with some flexibility
Description: SNW Wood is searching for an organized and motivated intern to assist with marketing, sales and customer development at our inner Southeast Portland, OR showroom and distribution center.  The ideal intern will be dedicated to local, sustainable business practices and will be able to commit 28 hours per week. 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Working at the front counter to welcome walk-in customers, answer the phone and respond to web inquiries.
  • Conduct sales of wood products through Quickbooks
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing to support our website design and content marketing (blog, social media assets, and more) in Adobe Indesign, MS Office, or other programs.
  • Research, acquire and set up Customer Relationship Management software for the company
  • Assisting with the organizing and implementation of events, specifically the International Living Future Institute’s Portland Collaborative’s August Happy Hour focused on Milling Urban Live Edge Slabs.
Preferred Qualifications/Requirements:
  • Currently enrolled and pursuing a Bachelor's or Master’s degree, preferably in Architecture, Business Administration, Community Development, Economics, or Marketing.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with customers via in-person contact, phone calls and email
  • Willingness to learn and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interest in sustainable business, entrepreneurship and business development
  • Ability to effectively work independently, in a team, and with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Able to work on multiple tasks and projects at once and effectively collaborate with others
  • Proficient in data entry and general computer use, CRM systems and other database applications
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook is preferred
  • Authorized to work in the United States of America
  • NW Wood is an EOE employer
Email Cover Letter and Resume/CV to: terry [at]
This opportunity closes on May 19th, 2017.