VICTORIA – Young people throughout British Columbia will have an opportunity to acquire a diverse range of job skills while working in the province’s spectacular natural environment, through the new BC Parks Student Ranger program.
This is the first program established with the proceeds that were generated from specialty BC Parks licence plate sales.
Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the Student Ranger Program provides youth training and employment opportunities for 48 young adults in B.C.’s parks and protected areas, with a 30 per cent Indigenous hiring target. The program, which is now accepting applications, offers hands-on work experience in a diverse range of projects related to conservation, recreation, community outreach and Indigenous relations.
Student rangers will focus on a variety of projects, including:
• Ecosystem restoration and invasive species control;
• Trail building and maintenance;
• Conservation monitoring projects; and
• Public outreach.
Eight teams of student rangers will work in regions around the province, including Kamloops, Prince George, Smithers, Victoria (Goldstream Provincial Park), Black Creek, Manning Park, North Vancouver and Squamish. Crew lead and crew member positions will begin in late May and early June, and will continue throughout the summer.
For more information visit: http://gov.bc.ca/bcparks-student-rangers