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Student Intern, Procurement and Hatchery

Edmonton, AB
Position Title: Student Intern, Procurement and Hatchery

Location: Edmonton

Reports To: Hatchery Manager, Procurement Manager and Technical Services Lead

An exciting opportunity has opened up for one (1) energetic, results oriented individual within one of Maple Leaf Foods fastest growing markets as a Summer Intern within our Procurement and Hatchery team. Maple Leaf Foods is a well-established progressive company.


Reporting to the Hatchery Manager, Procurement Manager and Technical Services Lead, the Student Intern will work directly with the hatchery, procurement department, and farm field services. This is a full-time position from May-August 2023. Hatchery work is hands-on, and experiences may include receiving/setting eggs, candling, transferring, cleaning/sanitizing, and chick quality assessment. Procurement experience includes communication with farmers and third-party stakeholders, scheduling, completing settlements, basic data analysis, and working with hatchery and plant teams. Field service experience includes shadowing field technicians and/or veterinarians during farm visits, auditing, necropsy posting, and assisting with field trials. Regular communication with producers, hatchery, processing facilities, live haul, technical services, and Procurement Manager is required.

  • Work with direction from different departments including Hatchery, Live Operations and Technical Farm Services
  • Support daily hatchery responsibilities including, but not limited to receiving/setting eggs, assisting FSQA sampling, transferring, operating tray wash & box washer, sanitation, general labour
  • Support daily procurement responsibilities including, but not limited to daily settlements, preparation of off-feed times, scheduling, coordination of lease agreements, entering chick orders, deposits, photocopying, filing
  • Conduct communications with stakeholders such as, but not limited to farmers, live haul, catching crews, Alberta Chicken Board
  • Provide support to field trials conducted by technical farm services such as, but not limited to trial preparation, trial design, data download and analysis with a possibility of assisting in field with trials
  • Maintain procurement data bases and assistance with data entry/analysis
  • Assist with vacation coverage as necessary
  • Work collaboratively with other departments in addressing issues or concerns related to live operations
  • Provide effective and timely responses to producer concerns/issues (may require flexible working hours at times)
  • Possibility of sampling and environmental monitoring procedures in poultry barns as directed by technical services
  • Assist with field trials in poultry barns as directed by technical services
  • Typing/compiling meeting or visit notes for sharing with broader team
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Work with a company with an inspiring and unique vision, with a deep commitment to sustainability and expanding its leadership in sustainable protein across North America
  • Understand the Alberta poultry industry from a processor perspective
  • Learn skills that are transferable throughout the Canadian poultry industry
  • Build relationships and network within the Alberta poultry industry
  • Must be a currently enrolled post-secondary student either entering or currently in faculty-approved 3rd or 4th year studies in either Animal Science, Animal Health, Microbiology, Quality Assurance, or Food Science program, or other related fields
  • Must possess strong interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Good listener with strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Well established organizational and time management skills to manage multiple tasks
  • Reliable
  • Perform well in high-stress scenarios
  • Must have a class 5 drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Confident in operating Microsoft Office applications and Excel graphing applications
  • Independent and collaborative working environment
  • Diverse environments; office/administrative, barns, hatchery, some commuting and/or day travel

Maple Leaf Foods offers the successful candidate competitive compensation. We offer an employee development plan including; regular performance feedback, and specific developmental activities to ensure continued learning and development.

The incumbent is comfortable motivating and inspiring others, who has a confident and professional attitude, especially when faced with difficult situations and/or people.  This individual is someone who thrives in a challenging, productive environment built on respectful collaboration and will strive to complete tasks promptly and adhere to deadlines.


Apply online or email resume to: edmontonhr@mapleleaf.com

Please note only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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