Vanderwell is an Alberta, family-owned company operating in northern Alberta for more than 75 years. We have modern sawmill, planer mill, and pellet mill facilities, which produce dimensional lumber, wood pellets, shavings, and chips for wholesale customers.

We’re a major employer in the local region, we have more than 175 employees working throughout the operation — mill production, sales & shipping, woodlands, truck and mobile equipment shops, and administration. Contract and part-time employees are also employed in maintenance, transportation, and seasonal activities.

What We Offer

Vanderwell offers stable, long-term employment which provides our employees with a good standard of living. We offer competitive wages with a full benefits plan, as well as optional RSP plans.

The Opportunity

We are currently looking to hire a Sawmill Shift Supervisor for our manufacturing facilities in Mitsue Industrial Park. Job duties include:

  • Supervising employees in a multi-trade environment to provide a high level of maintenance and uptime in all areas of the sawmill
  • Ensuring that assigned work is completed in a safe and efficient manner, ensuring proper job and safety procedures are followed
  • Conducting daily mill inspections to monitor the condition of mill equipment / machinery and coordinates repairs and/or replacement of parts with the Maintenance Supervisor
  • Making recommendations to improve equipment reliability and cost saving measures
  • Investigating any accidents or incidents involving plant equipment and makes recommendations for equipment and/or procedure redesign to prevent future accidents and/or incidents
  • Assisting in major equipment overhauls and maintenance shutdowns
  • Addressing scheduling issues and conflicts; completes employee time sheets for proper pay
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Operations Manager

Working Conditions:

  • Exposed to noise, dust, falling debris, moving machinery, weather extremes, splinters, slipping and tripping hazards
  • Lifting heavy, awkward objects and climbing on equipment is frequently required
  • Required use of PPE appropriate for the task and working conditions

Must have:

  • A solid work ethic, be eager to learn, and be a team player
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the lumber industry; 3 years’ experience in sawmills
  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • A mechanical aptitude; millwright experience is an asset
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic computer skills and experience using Microsoft Office
  • Experience managing crews efficiently

If this position sounds like a fit for you, please apply directly through the Indeed portal.

We thank all candidates for their interest; only candidates selected to advance in our recruitment process will be contacted.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Casual dress
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off
  • RRSP match
  • Vision care


  • 12 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Evening shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Night shift

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Slave Lake, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)

Work Location: In person