West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest products company, rated as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for seven years and nominated as Canada’s Top 100 Employers for Young People. Are you interested in working for a company that offers both a challenging work environment and a rewarding career path? Every year, West Fraser hires over 50 Forestry summer students throughout our Canadian operations in British Columbia and Alberta. Our forestry students gain hands-on experience and training in the forest industry in one of three areas: Silviculture, Operations or Planning. Our Woodlands divisions currently have opportunities for motivated:


Our Forestry summer terms vary from 4 months, 8 months or up to 1 year depending on your academic program schedule and how far along you are in your studies.


In this role, you will access our sites, select seedlings, participate in planting supervision, conduct regeneration/free growing surveys, insect probes, stand tending assessments and mark trees for subsequent operations. Your responsibilities include data collection and collaboration in other reforestation methods. Our silviculture team oversees growth & forest health monitoring and post-harvest site preparation.


This position involves organizing and assisting with harvest and road construction/ maintenance programs and inspections as well as other related operational duties. You will ensure that we are able to log certain areas while following sound and environmentally sustainable business practices. Our operations team is responsibilities for contractor supervision and safety/ EMS program implementation.


This role is tasked with implementing the operational planning of road construction and harvesting programs related to various forest tenures while considering best methods and other related operational & strategic planning duties. Our planning team works closely with various stakeholders to ensure the development of stewardship & management plans and silviculture prescriptions & cutting permits, while ensuring a strict adherence to current legislation and land use planning practices.


  • Enrolled in a Forestry Degree Program or a Forestry Technical Diploma Program at an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Prior forestry, agricultural or industrial experience considered an asset
  • Must be available to commence work in May 2021
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Basic outdoor and wilderness skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Commitment to working safely and creating a safe work place

Summer student opportunities are available in the following locations: Sundre, Hinton, Blue Ridge, Slave Lake and Manning. Many of our students return to be crew leaders in subsequent summers.

If this position sounds like the opportunity for you, submit your resume and cover letter to: www.westfraser.com/jobs click on the green “apply now” at the top of the page.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.