Austin Gess (Natural Resources Conservation)

West Fraser, Williams Lake, BC

Austin Gess

As a co-op student working for West Fraser, one of Canada’s top 100 employers, I have been given the opportunity to further develop my forestry skills in a professional, friendly environment. West Fraser has provided me with the tools and resources I need to flourish as a young worker in the forestry industry. For the past 6 months I have been working within West Fraser’s Williams Lake Division as a part of their woodlands team. Throughout my term I have been given an increasing amount of responsibility which has promoted confidence in my own work. I have advanced my forest planning skills in addition to developing new forest operations based skills. At West Fraser I have been involved in various projects ranging from cutblock layout to bridge installation and road deactivation. Needless to say, this co-op term has provided me with countless invaluable opportunities to evolve my technical skills with regards to forest management. Without co-op I am confident that I would have struggled to achieve this level of professional development so early in my career.

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