Gillian's Experience

Gillian Stauffer picking berries at work

I entered forestry because I wanted a career path that was challenging and rewarding. After completing my first year at the University of Alberta, I received an offer to work for West Fraser as a Silviculture Assistant in Blue Ridge. I had an excellent summer filled with hard work and tons of fun, and I first experienced those challenges which I sought.

I’m now on my second summer working in Blue Ridge, this year within Quality Control at the sawmill. I’m learning about a number of functions within the sawmill, planer mill, energy plant and kilns, as well as some woodlands operations.

What makes my job particularly satisfying is that every day provides a new and interesting challenge; the world of forestry is so complex. West Fraser makes sure that its students make meaningful contributions to the industry, all the while making sure that our safety is always the number one concern.

Even though West Fraser is a large company—you have endless options and resources to support learning opportunities—you feel like a family here. The people that work for West Fraser care deeply about your wellbeing, and make sure that every day you experience something you haven’t before. There are so many positives and benefits to working for West Fraser; I highly suggest to any student looking for a place in forestry to look into this company.

- Gillian Quality Control Student

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