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The 2018 BC Parks Student Ranger Program

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy/BC Parks has created the 2018-2019 BC Parks Student Ranger Program to promote outdoor youth employment opportunities across the province. The Student Ranger Program has been made possible by funding from the BC Parks License Plate Program and a 50% wage-match from the Federal Government’s Summer Work Experience – Green Jobs in Green Spaces Work Experience Program.  

For the 2018 season, the BC Parks Student Ranger Program will see 48 students ages 18-30 years old employed in BC Parks across the province from May – August. Eligible candidates for the 2018 season are those currently enrolled in full-time studies and intend to return to fulltime studies in the next academic years. BC Parks encouraged students from Indigenous backgrounds to apply for these positions, with the intent of hiring a minimum of 30% Indigenous crews.

Eight crews will be recruited, hired and employed by BC Parks across five BC Parks regions. Locations for crews during the 2018 season include: Victoria, Black Creek, North Vancouver, Squamish, Kamloops, Manning Park, Smithers, and Prince George. Each crew will consist of one crew lead and five crew members. Each regional crew will work within their perspective region on various projects in parks and protected areas.

The 2018 Student Ranger Program Objectives are to:

  • Provide short-term employment opportunities for students who are considering further studies and/or a career in the fields of conservation, recreation, public outreach and Indigenous relations.
  • Offer student workers a diversity of experiences and training opportunities to develop their knowledge and skill sets.
  • Facilitate Indigenous student involvement in projects within BC Parks and Protected Areas that are being undertaken on culturally significant sites and traditional territories of First Nations across the province. 
  • Provide student workers with an opportunity to foster their interest in caring for B.C.’s natural spaces.
  • Align crew projects with the BC Parks’ strategies and related regional priorities to maintain and enhance BC Parks conservation values and recreational assets.
  • Promote the Ministry as an employer of choice for future career planning.

BC Parks Student Ranger Requirements for 2018

  • Enrolled in full-time studies during the current academic year with the intent of returning to full-time studies in the next academic year.
  • Canadian Resident between the ages of 18-30
  • Available to work from May 22 – August 31, 2018 (Crew Leads) and June 4 – August 24, 2018 (Crew Members)
  • Students interested in future studies and a career in conservation, recreation, community engagement, and Indigenous relations
  • Passion for the stewardship of BC Parks and Protected Areas
  • Willing to work outdoors within a tight-knit team

Crew Training and Development

The intent of this program is to provide students with skills and knowledge they can apply towards future employment in the fields of conservation, recreation and community engagement. Providing crews with basic training and certifications, will further their success of reaching future employment goals. Types of training opportunities that Student Rangers are to receive in the Program Training event at the beginning of the season and additional training throughout the season include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and BC Parks
  • Adventure Smart Ambassador
  • Bear Aware
  • Safety Protocols and Procedures
  • First Aid Level 1
  • Communication Devices (Radios, InReaches, SAT phones etc.)
  • Species Identification and Invasive Species Removal

The BC Parks Student Ranger Program was designed with the intent to promote an environment of youth leading youth. Creating next generation leaders and thinkers are of high priority for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. By having a crew lead for each six-person crew, the lead will develop team-leadership, management, and organizational skills. Crew Members will have an opportunity to work under a crew leader and within a diverse team, to build on their ability to work with others in planning and executing various projects.

Student Ranger Regional Projects

For the summer of 2018, each region will be responsible for developing specific projects based on the program criteria. Examples of the types of projects being considered are as follows:

Program Area Examples of Project Types
  • Facility upgrades, repairs, and improvements
  • Trail and campsite enhancements
  • Addition of signage and informative displays
  • Restoration projects
  • Invasive alien plant / species removal and inventory
  • Species at risk work
  • ┬áLong term ecological Monitoring (LTEM)
  • Support for other Conservation Program initiatives
Community Outreach
  • Public outreach initiatives such as Park Ambassador programs, Bear Aware and other stewardship campaigns.
  • Campground interpretative demonstrations
  • Informative events for the public
Indigenous Relations
  • Cultural awareness opportunities
  • Collaboration projects with local Indigenous Communities
  • Traditional stewardship activities
  • Site protection in parks and protected areas


2018 Student Ranger Program Timeline:

  • April 3: Job postings go live
  • April 24: Postings closed
  • April 24 – May 22: screening, interviewing and hiring 48 Student Rangers
  • May 22: Crew Leads start shifts at regional BC Parks offices.
  • June 4: Crew Members start and all crews to travel to Program Training event
  • June 4 – 8: All Crews Members and Leads will attend a comprehensive week-long BC Parks training session in the Lower Mainland prior to field deployment
  • June 11: All Provincial Crews commence on project work at regional BC Parks offices
  • June 11 – end of season: Crews take part in various projects within BC Parks and Protected Areas.
  • Aug. 24: Final day for Crew Members
  • Aug. 27 – Aug. 31: Final day for Crew Leads

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