Hire Up is a paid work experience opportunity.

6 months, with paid job readiness training

Includes supportive services and job placement assistance

Work with city agencies and nonprofit organizations

Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks’ Division of Forestry is seeking to hire Production Assistants to work at our Camp Small facility. Camp Small is Baltimore City’s sort yard for all downed and removed trees managed by Baltimore City Recreation and Parks. The facility also houses the urban wood recycling program, which captures value from the materials collected. The program produces kiln-dried lumber, rough-sawn lumber, outdoor furniture, firewood, and more out of the logs and materials brought into the facility. In general, a Community Aide/Production Assistant performs a range of wood processing duties. Incumbents receive close supervision from an administrative superior. Employees work Monday through Friday for an 8-hour work shift with a 40-minute unpaid lunch period. Work may be performed in uncomfortable surroundings, often encountering such conditions as sawdust, and inclement weather. Work requires moderate physical exertion.


The following examples illustrate the work that is expected to be performed in this position. Positions may require some or all these examples depending on the scope of work. This list is not inclusive. A position may require related duties not listed, if necessary, to accomplish the work of the agency.
• Operates and assists in the operation of the sawmill to mill logs into lumber and wood products.
• Loading and unloading lumber from the dehumidification wood kiln
• Operates and assists in the operation of woodshop tools and hand tools to produce wood products.
• Operates and assists in the operation of the wood splitter to produce split firewood.
• Performs minor/basic tool maintenance.
• Performs general maintenance and cleaning of work areas inside the shop and outside
• Operates and assists in the cutting of logs using chainsaws
• Operation of light to mid-class heavy equipment, i.e. skid steer, to move and sort logs, much, and wood debris.
• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge woodworking tools and safety
• Knowledge of chainsaw operation and safety
• Ability to work in all weather conditions
• Ability to work effectively with others
• Ability to follow oral instructions

NOTE: Those eligible candidates who are under final consideration for appointment to positions in this class will be required to authorize the release of criminal conviction information and child protective services check.