Emily's Experience

Emily summer student at Hinton Wood Products

I’m an outdoorsy person and always knew I wanted to work outside. I wanted a physically and mentally challenging job; this is what attracted me towards forestry. Forestry is just so diverse; there are endless opportunities to learn and grow as a professional.

I get to work in beautiful, wild places knowing that I’m assisting in responsible management and the future preservation of these areas. This job gives a high level of satisfaction. I’d recommend this career path to anybody who places importance on renewable resources, sustainability and the environment.

Once I graduated high school I worked at both sawmill and coal mine jobs. I definitely preferred the sawmill job. I got sent into the woods for the sawmill and I loved it! I applied for Forestry right away. Students going into this field can expect to be challenged. I’m amazed at how much the managers at West Fraser know and can accomplish. Students can expect to have fun too! Imagine waking up, quadding deep into the foothills and directing a helicopter flight….That’s what I did just this morning! If you enjoy solving problems, meeting people and overseeing projects, this may be the job for you.

West Fraser has been great to work for. I’ve never worked anywhere where the managers care so much for their employees. Safety and education are their main priorities. Throughout the summer, they made a point of exposing me to different aspects of forestry, giving me applicable experience. I’ve learnt many new skills working here that will help me complete my degree and work as a future forester.

- Emily Summer student at Hinton Wood Products

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