West Fraser is a leading diversified forest products company, rated as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for ten years and nominated as Canada’s Top 100 Employers for Young People. West Fraser is an established leader in sustainable forestry, high-efficiency wood product production, and innovative manufacturing. We are committed to responsible stewardship of the environment. Our Woodlands divisions currently have opportunities for motivated:


Every year, West Fraser hires over 50 Forestry summer students throughout our Canadian operations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. You will gain hands-on experience and training in the forest industry on either our Silviculture or Planning teams. 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 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 2024
  • Able to legally drive in Canada
  • Basic outdoor and wilderness skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Commitment to working safely and creating a safe workplace

Summer student opportunities are available in the following locations: Quesnel, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Fraser Lake, Smithers, Chetwynd, Sundre, Hinton, Blue Ridge, Slave Lake  Manning, Chambord, and La Sarre. Many of our students return to be crew leaders in subsequent summers or join our team full-time after graduation.

If this position sounds like an opportunity for you, submit your resume and cover letter by October 30, 2023, to: click on the green “apply now” at the top of the page.

West Fraser believes inclusive, diverse teams build a more vibrant workforce, safer operations, and a stronger company overall. We strive to create workplaces and leadership teams that are reflective of the diverse communities we are a part of. We will not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, gender, national origin, or any other protected legal characteristic.

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