Janelle's story

Janelle planning forester

My job at West Fraser lets me weigh and balance biology, ecology, socio-economics, and much more. If you enjoy diversity in your day, being outside and the idea of contributing to the management of one of BC’s greatest resources, forestry is a great career choice

My first job in forestry was as a tree planter during summer break from university.  It was tough work, but a great way to get used to being in the bush every day and get an introduction to real forestry.  The next summer I worked for the Federal Government assessing stream health.  At graduation, started working for West Fraser in silviculture, and I have since switched over to the planning department and have been a Planning Forester. I’ve also taken on roles including Safety Representative and the coordinator of my division’s summer student program.

My job at West Fraser lets me weigh and balance biology, ecology, socio-economics, and much more.  It’s great to be able to have a job that allows for time outdoors and time indoors (on some rainy days a desk is a nice place to be!). Contributing to an industry that is renewable and such an important part of BCs economy is another big plus.

If you enjoy diversity in your day, being outside and the idea of contributing to the management of one of BC’s greatest resources, it’s a great career choice.  I create a work life balance by only taking on extra roles/activities that really add value to my or my family’s life.  Balancing a full-time career and a young family is certainly challenging, but I’ve been able to find a balance that works.  I rely on the help of my husband and family, but also on the flexibility of West Fraser. It makes a big difference in making family life a lot easier.

- Janelle Planning Forester

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