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Canadian Natural Resources Overview

Calgary, AB
10000+ employees
Company - Public (CNQ)
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production
$10+ billion (CAD) per year
We commenced business in 1989 with a handful of employees and modest production, but today we employ more than 10,000 people and produce over 1 million BOE/d. Learn about our Company's journey to becoming an industry leader.

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Mission: We strive to live through our mission statement: "To develop people to work together to create value for the Company's shareholders by doing it right with fun and integrity." As a leading oil and gas producer, our diverse ... Read more

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Canadian Natural Resources – Why Work With Us?

Join an Industry Leader

Experience challenging and empowering opportunities with Canada’s largest independent crude oil and natural gas producer that is delivering game-changing environmental performance by leveraging technology and Canadian ingenuity. Become part of an organization that continually strives for safe, effective, efficient and environmentally responsible operations while contributing to the Canadian economy and giving back to the community.


Why Work with Us?

Our People, Our Stories
Our stories demonstrate the strong culture that exists at Canadian Natural – one that focuses on developing people, working together and doing it right, with fun and integrity.

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Culture of Innovation

As a leading investor in R&D, we are in a unique position to find innovative ways to continuously improve our business and enhance environmental practices. This approach is key to ensuring a sustainable future and responsible energy production.

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30 Years Old and Proudly Canadian

We are proud to be a Canadian-based company with a vast and diverse portfolio. During our 30 year history, our company culture, strategy and approach to business has set us apart from our peers.

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Engineering and Technical Careers

Canadian Natural owns and operates a wide range of assets in Western Canada, including conventional and unconventional natural gas, along with projects in crude oil, including primary, secondary and tertiary light, medium and heavy production, in situ oil sands and oil sands mining. This broad spectrum of projects and asset types means that we need a similarly diverse base of technical and engineering expertise to conceive, develop and maintain these operations. Our goal has always been to complete quality projects with safety and engineering efficiency.

We have engineering opportunities available for all experience levels ranging from new grads (EITs) to professional engineers registered with APEGA, as well as positions in Construction Management, Geology and Geophysics, Project Management and Project Controls, Quality Assurance and a variety of other Technical fields.

In joining Canadian Natural in an Engineering or Technical position, you can expect to work on exciting, high-value, high-impact projects. We place enormous emphasis on our core values of safety and “doing it right”. You can also expect opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

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Field Operations and Maintenance Careers

Our Operations and Maintenance teams are an integral component of our success at Canadian Natural, working ‘hands-on’ at our world class facilities to optimize production whilst ensuring our core values of safety and integrity are maintained. We hire for a wide range of operations and maintenance positions for our Western Canadian Assets which encompass conventional and unconventional natural gas, along with operations and projects in crude oil, including primary, secondary and tertiary light, medium and heavy production, in situ oil sands and oil sands mining.

Working as part of our Operations and Maintenance teams will provide you with opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

Whether you’re hired as a Heavy Equipment Operator, a Power Engineer, a Journeyman, or as any of our other Operations and Maintenance opportunities you can expect a strong focus on safety and “doing it right” as well as a great team environment and the opportunity to progress your career and broaden your skillset.

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Business Services Careers

Canadian Natural’s Business Services are those core areas of the business that ensure the company is on track and our business is operating like a well-oiled machine. These teams facilitate company-wide success by applying creative solutions to unique challenges with the highest degree of professionalism and expertise. Our Business Services teams are champions of both administrative and execution excellence.

We have diverse opportunities available for all experience levels ranging from new grads looking to get their foot in the door to senior level roles for those looking to share their years of expertise and lead by example.

As we grow, demand for business and administration continues to increase. We strive to find the best candidates to provide analytical assessment, guidance, project planning and leadership to our teams. Candidates with previous experience are encouraged to apply to our mid-level to management opportunities. You can expect opportunities for career growth with increasing responsibility and individual training budgets allocated to each employee.

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Our Candidate Experience

At Canadian Natural, not only is our portfolio of assets diverse, but so are the talents of our 10,000 employees who started their journey as qualified candidates. When you engage with our team, we want you to have a great experience that carries on into your career. We are committed to helping you explore your future in energy with a company that has an entrepreneurial spirit rooted deep in its culture.

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Why Work with Us?

Our People, Our Stories
Our stories demonstrate the strong culture that exists at Canadian Natural – one that focuses on developing people, working together and doing it right, with fun and integrity.

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Compensation and Benefits

We strive to share Company success with all employees through a comprehensive total compensation package, which includes: a competitive salary, stock options, stock savings plan, annual bonuses and additional premiums for those working in field locations.

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Corporate Responsibility

Canadian Natural believes in working together – this means having a strong Management Committee and a dedicated workforce that align with our mission, vision and corporate values. Beyond that, it means engaging our stakeholders in the communities where we operate, sharing their stories and developing responsible action plans that create value for everyone involved. It means embracing safety excellence, reporting our performance and collaborating with industry on new technology to minimize our environmental footprint. Working together at Canadian Natural is a commitment to doing it right, continuously improving and providing execution excellence towards growing a world-class company.

Click here to see our 2013 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.


Valuing Environmental Protection

Environmental protection is a fundamental value of our company and this is reflected in our approach to energy development. Canadian Natural’s approach to energy development protects the environment and ensures compliance with applicable regional, national and international environmental regulations, and industry standards.

We manage and minimize the environmental impacts of our operations throughout all phases of our projects, from planning through design, operation, and final reclamation. We do this through effective implementation of comprehensive environmental practices, continuous improvement and technological innovation. We also work with stakeholders such as industry peers and Aboriginal communities to implement and share best practices.

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Building Better Communities – Making a Difference

At Canadian Natural, we have a strong commitment to invest in the communities where we live and work. In 2013, we provided over $10.8 million in community investments. This sum includes corporate sponsorships, cash donations, employee giving, in kind donations and funding for community based economic development projects.

Community Investment

Social responsibility is a critical element of our commitment to responsible operations and part of our success and pride as a Company. We are committed to investing in the communities where we live and work, creating shared value along the way.

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What We Do

At Canadian Natural, there are many opportunities for students to make an impact. As part of our team, you will be involved in meaningful projects, and be able to apply your academic experience to challenging and rewarding assignments.

We are one of Canada's largest independent oil and natural gas producers with big plans for the future. We are always looking for talented and motivated individuals to join our growing team and become a part of our continued success.


We foster a culture where students can ask questions, develop meaningful relationships and learn from a diverse group of professionals. Our fast paced environment and entrepreneurial spirit is conducive to our 'work hard, play hard' mentality. Students have opportunities to build solid working relationships while partaking in special employee events and perks such as:

  • Welcome Kick-off and Orientation
  • Employee Day
  • Stampede Party
  • Holiday Party
  • Fridays off in July and August for Calgary office and field students
  • Quarterly luncheons and more!

*All programs and events are subject to change at management discretion.

"The corporate culture was supportive and encouraging of professional development. Not only did my experiences provide me with a solid foundation on which to build my future career, but I had a great time and met some amazing friends while doing so. Not a day went by that I did not enjoy coming to work and that I did not learn something new; I would recommend this experience to anyone!"

— Sarah, University of Saskatchewan, Accounting Summer Student


Canadian Natural recruits from most major Universities and many colleges across Canada. Our campus program is currently growing and is continuing to reach more campuses. Please view our events page to see if/when we will be attending your campus.


At Canadian Natural, you are a valued team member! You will gain high level experience, knowledge, and training to prepare you for full-time employment. This development is why many of our students are hired into the new graduate program upon finishing their student term with us. Our structured new graduate developmental programs exemplify our mandate to develop and advance our people.

As a new graduate, you will share in our success through one of the most competitive total compensation and benefits packages in the oil and gas industry.

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Who We Hire

We hire students from all disciplines and backgrounds, under the qualifications section of each of our job postings you can find the specific requirements for the position that you are interested in.

We recruit Summer, Co-op and Internship students for the following areas:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Engineering 
  • Environment
  • Geology & Geophysics
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Oil and Gas Marketing
  • Petroleum Land Management
  • Power Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Stakeholder Relations
  • Supply Management


Begin Your Career

Open the door to a world of opportunity by applying to one of our internship positions. Join the team for four, eight or sixteen months and experience working at one of our oil sands sites, corporate office, or field location. Find out what your future holds by participating in various projects, working with seasoned professionals and being active in the Canadian Natural Student Body. Get involved in Community Giving Campaigns or the Student Social Committee and build a strong network. Learn more here:


Explore your Future in Energy

Start your career with us as a new graduate in Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Information Systems or Engineering. New Graduate programs allow you to dive deeper into your area of focus through scheduled rotations lasting approximately 12-18 months, allowing you to experience several different areas before choosing a final career path. Gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the Oil and Gas sector as a new graduate and work towards achieving your professional designation.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Canadian Natural Resources.


    I applied to the student position. Posting was found online, applied before the deadline with resume and cover letter and transcript. Asked to come in for a fairly standard in person interview.

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Canadian Natural Resources Awards & Accolades

  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009

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