Traveling Timber Preservation Technician (Nationwide Laborer)

Koppers, Inc. | IL

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Posted Date 4/15/2024
Description The KRS team is looking for dynamic individuals that are highly self-motivated to join our timber preservation crew and enjoy a rewarding career, while traveling nationwide. The position involves continuous travel from job to job throughout the United States in company vehicles with rapid advancement opportunities. Crew schedules are 6 work weeks on, (with weekends) followed by a week off.

Koppers Railroad Structures, Inc. has been at the forefront of railroad bridge rehabilitation in the United States and Canada since the mid-1950s. We are one of the nation's largest railroad bridge contracting and engineering companies, serving Class 1, regional and short line railroads. KRS has a strong safety culture and is a trusted partner with the railroad industry. We have been building careers for over 60 years and offer competitive wages with a rich benefits package.


The average starting wage for this role will be between $23.00 - $26.00 per hour ($60,000 - $90,000 per year), commensurate with experience. Our weekly lodging allowance is $700/ per week and will be paid according to policy guidelines.

  • Extensive hand shoveling/digging around ground line of timber bridges using D-handle spade/shovel, sharpshooter/shovel, crowbar and pry bar
  • Apply wood preservative treatments and install plugs with hammer
  • Drill holes using 1/2" drill and generator
  • Learn to use climbing equipment (lineman gear)
  • Walk up and down steep slopes on rough ground
  • Inspect timber bridge and make notes about condition
KRS offers an outstanding benefits package that includes the following:
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401k Plan with company match
  • Paid Time Off, Holidays, and Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Travel Assistance Program, to encourage work/life balance through personal travel accounts (qualification period required)
  • Life Insurance (Employee, Spouse, Dependent)
  • Paid Short Term Disability Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program Incentives
  • Company provided PPE, equipment, tooling, and transportation
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Current Driver's License with a favorable driving record (Limited Class A CDL-no airbrakes, is preferred and commands a premium rate)
  • Base knowledge in heavy physical labor (farming, military, ranching, utility work, construction, fence building, hand digging, outdoor labor, heavy landscaping, roofing, etc)
  • No fear of heights with previous exposure to heights
  • Ability to successfully complete gas mask, lead exposure, respirator usage and Fall Protection training programs
Physical Demands/Work Environment
  • This position involves heavy lifting of up to 70 pounds; long hours of standing, walking, and climbing on remote jobsites; Jobsites can be noisy. Ability to read and write are required as the position involves recording of data.
  • This position involves routine exposure to outside weather conditions and work is performed at heights of up to 300'.
  • Occasional work around fumes, airborne particles, and chemicals as well as sources of electricity
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud
Salary36.06 Hour
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