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Sales Associate

Sales Associate

Detroit Lakes, MN

Are you interested in or have experience in the building industry? Does helping build our community bring you a sense of pride? Stenerson Lumber in Detroit Lakes has a full-time entry-level position with opportunity for growth.  You’ll love this job if you have a thirst for knowledge and acquiring new skills, you love meeting new people, and you’ll take action to learn new products and industry trends. Grow with us at Stenerson Lumber and help our customers build something amazing!

Minimum of one-year customer service experience is required.  Some knowledge of lumber and building materials is helpful.  This position is provided with a competitive wage and full-time benefits.


Essential Functions:

  • Ensure all customers are offered timely, friendly, and quality assistance and guidance in the selection and purchase of lumber, hardware, and related building materials in our retail store.
  • Assist in placing product and hardware orders.
  • Answer phone calls or other inquiries about our products, services, and operations.
  • Provide estimates of materials needed to complete a variety of projects such as home repair, decks, garages, etc.
  • Ensure shipments of hardware and related products are unpacked, documented, labeled, arranged, displays for sale or stored accurately and promptly.
  • Ensure the retail store and related storage areas are kept efficient, orderly, clean, and attractive.
  • Occasionally assist customers or other staff with loading product.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • One or more years of customer service experience.
  • High school diploma or GED from accredited school system or program.
  • Basic arithmetic skills.
  • Basic computer skills (email, word-processing, spreadsheets) and ability to learn our store’s Point of Sale program.
  • Ability to uphold and embody the Company’s Core Values of Competency, Character, Consistency, and Care.

Working Conditions

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:00pm

This hourly position requires some flexibility in schedule during our busy season with ability to work some overtime hours as needed.  

Physical Conditions:

  • Work indoors for up to 80% of the work day and outdoors in all types of weather conditions for up to 20% of the work day.
  • Be able to lift at least 60 pounds on  a regular basis.
  • Variety of activities including standing, walking, sitting, reaching, climbing, balancing, kneeling, bending, crawling and lifting items.
  • These physical requirements must be met with or without accommodation.

Basic Skills:

  • Maintain positive attitude and outstanding customer service.
  • Basic arithmetic skills to accurately add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Basic computer skills (email, word-processing, spreadsheets) and ability to learn our store’s Point of Sale program.
  • Ability to recognize and properly react to safety hazards encountered.
  • Communicate effectively and maintain solid relationships with customers, vendors, and other employees.
  • Ability to work well with all types of people in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • Applicant must be able to perform these basic skills at time of employment.

Preferred Skills:

  • Applicable industry knowledge or experience.
  • Knowledge to understand and interpret building plans and/or technical documents.

Apply for this Position

Return resume and completed job application in person or by mail to 555 Hwy 59 N, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501.  Completed job applications can also be emailed to