Ditch your retail job and get outside this summer with BC Parks Student Ranger Program

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If you’re searching for an interesting summer job consider becoming a BC Parks Student Ranger.

The new program will provide training and employment for 48 youth divided into eight teams working in Victoria, Black Creek, North Vancouver, Manning Park, Squamish, Kamloops, Smithers, and Prince George. Each team consists of one crew lead and five crew members.

“Student rangers will help protect sensitive ecosystems, while preserving the natural, cultural and historical values that British Columbians cherish,” said B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman.

The teams will work on various projects including:

    • Ecosystem restoration and invasive species control;
    • Trail building and maintenance;
    • Conservation monitoring projects; and
    • Public outreach.

The paid work experience program is open to full-time students between the ages of 18 and 30 with preference given to Indigenous applicants. Expect to work weekends and be camping in the front and back-country from mid-May to August.

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“Canada’s future prosperity depends on young Canadians getting the skills and experience they need to succeed. Creating meaningful green job opportunities for young Canadians will help them enhance their skills and save money to pay for their education,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change in a release.

The province has committed $610,000 in annual program funding over two years generated from specialty BC Parks license plate sales. Additional funding of $260,000 through 2019-20 will be provided by a partnership between Project Learning Tree Canada and the Canadian Parks Council, through the federal government’s Summer Work Experience program.

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