2019 BC Parks Student Ranger Program

BC Parks within the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has created the 2018-2019 BC Parks Student Ranger Program to promote outdoor youth employment opportunities across the province. Students studying and/or interested in pursuing future studies or employment in a related field are encouraged to apply. The application process will begin early in 2019 for the 2019 summer season. Check back in January 2019 for updates and deadlines for applications.

The Student Ranger Program has been made possible by funding from the BC Parks Licence Plate Program and a 50% wage-match from the Federal Government’s Summer Work Experience – Green Jobs in Green Spaces Work Experience Program. BC Parks would further like to recognize the contributions of its partners Project Learning Tree Canada and Canadian Parks Council.

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The 2019 Student Ranger Program Objectives

  • Provide short-term employment opportunities for students, to be exposed to working for the Ministry at BC Parks.
  • Offer student workers a diversity of experiences and training opportunities to develop their knowledge and/or 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 Indigenous communities 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 natural and cultural values and recreational opportunities and assets.
  • Promote the Ministry and BC Parks as an employer of choice for future career planning.

BC Parks Student Ranger Requirements for the 2019 Season

Requirements to be a 2019 Student Ranger

  • Registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year with the intention of returning to full-time studies in the next academic year (in or outside of Canada);
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age;
  • Available to work continuously from May-August 2019;
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Preference may be given to those students that self-identify as Indigenous.
  • Applicants that were 2018 Student Rangers may only apply on 2019 Crew Lead positions, and will not be considered for 2019 Crew Member positions.

Desirable Skills and Experience for Position – Student Ranger Crew Lead

  • Leading a diverse team to perform project work;
  • Conflict resolution and team management;
  • Time management and organizational skills;
  • ¬†Experience working and camping in remote environments and backcountry areas;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence, or equivalent;
  • Knowledge of Worker Safety Programs and application;
  • Experience and knowledge in one or more of the four program areas;
  • Listening to and applying the ideas of others from different backgrounds;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of field equipment and tool use;
  • Willing and able to perform daily physical project work.

Desirable Skills and Experience for Position – Student Ranger Crew Member

  • Working as a member of a diverse team;
  • Working and camping in remote environments and backcountry areas;
  • Experience and/or knowledge in one or more of the four program areas;
    • Conservation
    • Recreation
    • Indigenous Relations
    • Community Outreach
  • Experience and/or knowledge of field equipment and tool use;
  • Willing and able to perform daily physical project work.

Note: Further information regarding Student Ranger job requirements and desirable skills and experience will be provided in the job postings for Crew Leads and Crew Members.

2019 Student Ranger Crews

For the 2019 Student Ranger season, there will be 12 crews based out of BC Parks offices across the province. Each crew will consist of one Crew Lead and three Crew Members. Crew locations for the 2019 season are currently being finalized. Crews will have the opportunity to work as a part of a team and alongside BC Parks staff in projects within BC Parks and Protected Areas.

Crew Training and Development

The intent of Student Ranger Program is to provide students with skills and knowledge they can apply towards future employment in related fields of work. Providing Student Rangers with basic training and learning experiences will further their success of reaching future employment goals. Types of training opportunities that Student Rangers can expect to receive during the season include:

  • Orientation to the Ministry and BC Parks
  • Public outreach and education
  • Cultural diversity training
  • Safety protocols and procedures
  • Invasive plant identification and removal
  • Trail building and maintenance
  • BC Parks conservation, recreation and cultural projects

The BC Parks Student Ranger Program was designed with the intent to promote an environment of youth engaged to working in the natural environment. Creating opportunities for indigenous youth is a high priority for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Youth are the next generation leaders and thinkers, they are the future. By having a crew lead for each 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 projects.

Student Ranger Regional Projects

For the summer of 2019, BC Parks staff are developing crew projects in the four program areas of Conservation, Recreation, Indigenous Relations and Community Outreach. Given BC Parks priorities for specific projects during 2019, it is not guaranteed that every crew will have exposure to projects in each program area. The table below includes the types of projects that a 2019 Student Rangers may be involved in during their season.

Program Area Example Projects
  • Facility upgrades, repairs, and improvements
  • Trail and campsite enhancements
  • Addition of signage and informative displays
  • Trail mapping and asset inventory
  • Restoration projects
  • Invasive plant removal and inventory
  • Species at risk surveys
  • ¬†Long term ecological Monitoring (LTEM)
  • Support for other Conservation Program initiatives
Public Outreach
  • Public outreach initiatives
  • Trail head outreach
  • Interpretative demonstrations
  • Informative events for the public
  • Prevention and safety awareness
Indigenous Relations
  • Cross cultural understanding opportunities
  • Collaboration projects with local Indigenous communities
  • Cultural site protection in parks and protected areas
  • Cultural learnings experiences

Link to Job Posting

Check back in January of 2019 for further information on job postings for Student Ranger Crew Lead and Crew Member positions.

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