A career at Buckeye Pacific as a lumber trader is unlike any other opportunity. If you value building relationships and earning an income based on the work you put in, you are the kind of person we are looking for!

Lumber Trader Trainee Overview

As a lumber trader trainee, you will go through an extensive 9-month training program, which provides the toolbox needed to succeed on the trading floor. You will learn about tree species, sales techniques, commodity market analysis, business planning, transportation and logistics, and much more. During this period trainees earn a base salary.

After the training period, the sky is the limit. You will build a book of business by prospecting new customers and suppliers. You will develop relationships, establish trust, and hone your individual sales style. As new traders start to gain their footing and consistently exceed their margin goals, they earn an uncapped commission-based income.

The trading floor you will work on has experienced traders of all ages and backgrounds, and we are proud that the average tenure at Buckeye is nine years. Traders often work together to make sales, but also work independently by developing strong relationships and pursuing new opportunities. You would be encouraged to prospect new customers, suppliers, or even up-and-coming wood products. That entrepreneurial spirit is what makes lumber trading so exciting and rewarding.

The traits and skills we are looking for in candidates

  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ambitious & achievement-oriented
  • Experience in sales is a plus, but not required
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to calculate and understand mathematical concepts

If you are interested in joining our talented team of lumber traders at Buckeye, please use the submission form below to contact our recruiter. We are always looking for the next great addition to the Buckeye family. Your lifelong career starts now!

What is the best part about working at Buckeye?

A few answers from traders, both experienced and new:

“The best parts of working at Buckeye are the people, and the culture of openess to exploring new products and ideas.”

Matt Dierdorff

“The fast-paced environment and limitless opportunity keeps every day exciting.”

Jesse Archabault

“Being part of a team. And getting to work hard to become a part of my customer’s and mill’s teams as well.”

Spencer McKinnon

“Great coworkers and great management.”

Aubrey Milligan

“My favorite part of working at Buckeye is getting to work with your friends every day. That includes coworkers, suppliers, and customers. Over the years, you develop great relationships with them all.”

Eric Saylor


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