Website West Fraser Mills Ltd.

West Fraser is seeking a motivated individual to assist with a 4-month field-based program to locate and document native fish habitat in forested areas of West-Central Alberta. The position will be based out of Blue Ridge, Alberta (Whitecourt, AB) with some travel in the region required.

Aquatic Ecology Field Assistant Internship (4 months)


Evaluate the performance of erosion control measures over various crossing structures and crossing durations (1-3 year temporary roads).
Describe the characteristics of riparian areas as they relate to fish habitat.
Co-develop beneficial management practices for forestry operations.

Our Ideal Candidate Would Have:

Confidence and competency in fieldwork.
Basic knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS).
Familiarity with bush safety and environmental responsibilities.
Understanding of stream morphology and aquatic environmental monitoring.
Ability to identify terrestrial vegetation and/or willingness to develop this skill.
Knowledge of native trout biology.
Preference for second- and third-year biology, ecology, or forestry students.


Eligibility to work in Canada
Class 5 drivers licence

Apply by April 15; Start date May 1

Location Summary: 

Blue Ridge is a family-friendly community located northwest of Edmonton and offers excellent year-round recreational activities.  Our mill and forest operations form an integral part of the community, providing economic stability to employees and families who live in the Blue Ridge area. Employees have the opportunity to live in nearby Whitecourt and commute to and from the Woodlands office in Blue Ridge. To learn more visit:

About West Fraser: 

West Fraser is a leading forest products company. We are listed on the TSX, NYSE and recognized for the eleventh time as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Our goals are straightforward – leadership through safety, profit, responsibility in communities, excellence in people, and strength in products.

West Fraser Timber has over 60 locations across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

West Fraser continues to invest in our manufacturing facilities to ensure they are modern and competitive. We have a sustainable forestry practice and continue to innovate our processes and diversify our products, including investing in bioenergy.

We believe strongly in promoting from within and pride ourselves on providing a challenging environment with continuous development. The successful candidate should be interested in future growth opportunities within the company. West Fraser offers an excellent compensation package, including a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and an outstanding pension plan.

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

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Leadership through safety, profit, responsibility in communities, excellence in people and strength in products.  

To apply for this job please visit

PO BOX 4990
Edmonton AB
T6E 5G8

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