2020 Youth Employment Program

Youth Employment

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has created the new Youth Employment Program to provide youth with fall employment opportunities in BC Parks and the Conservation Officer Service (COS), while receiving mentorship from existing BC Parks and COS staff. We encourage anyone enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution within the last six months to apply. This work experience is a great opportunity to broaden your skillset, no matter your field of study.

BC Parks positions are posted through the BC Government Public Service Agency (PSA).

Five field-based crews across the province will get to work in BC Parks program areas of conservation, recreation, public outreach and Indigenous relations. Locations for these crews include:

  • Parksville
  • North Vancouver
  • Vernon
  • Hagensborg
  • Prince George

Additionally, two office-based crews will be hired to support BC Parks program and office administration. Locations for these crews include:

  • Smithers/Terrace
  • Victoria

More information about the Conservation Officer Service

Diversity and Inclusion

The BC Public Service is committed to “recruit and develop a well qualified and efficient public service that is representative of the diversity of the people of British Columbia” (Public Service Act).

We also recognize unique styles, perspectives, beliefs and creativity that support a diverse, respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment and welcome applications from all groups that contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service.

2020 Youth Employment Initiative Program Objectives

  • Support economic recovery by providing young people with meaningful employment opportunities.
  • Provide an opportunity for young people to develop new skills and experiences, while completing projects that support park management and program objectives.
  • Provide an opportunity for students or recent graduates to receive mentorship and an insight into careers in the public sector.

Sample Projects

Field-based crews can expect to work on a wide range of projects in four program areas: conservation, recreation, public outreach, and Indigenous relations. The table below provides examples of projects that employees may be involved with:

Program Area Example Projects
  • Facility upgrades, repairs, and improvements
  • Trail and campsite enhancements
  • 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 initiative
Public Outreach
  • Public outreach initiatives
  • Trail head outreach
  • 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

Note: It is not guaranteed that every crew will have exposure to projects in each program area.

Office-based crews can expect to work on projects and tasks that support office and program administration.

BC Parks Youth Employment Requirements

  • Registered as a full-time student at an accredited academic institution within the past six months at the post-secondary level
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Available to work continuously for a 4-month term beginning in late summer or early fall

Frequently Asked Questions

When will this Youth Employment Initiative launch and where can I apply?

Field-based youth employment crews can expect their four-month work term to begin in late August/early September, depending on location.

The office-based youth employment positions are also a four-month term, which will start in late September/early October.

Postings for both positions will be open by mid-August, through the BC Government Public Service Agency (PSA).

What will the crew composition look like?

Field-based crews will consist of three crew members and one crew supervisor (senior park ranger).

The office-based crew in Victoria will consist of seven members, while the Smithers/Terrace based crew will consist of three crew members and one crew supervisor (senior park ranger).

What special precautions will be taken to ensure safety with COVID-19?

Each new youth employee will be provided with an individual personal protective equipment (PPE) kit. Each crew vehicle will also be provided with a separate PPE kit.

Additional resources (such as portable office buildings) may be brought into each worksite to help reduce interaction with other office staff.

All new youth employees will receive training on BC Parks safe work procedures, as well as orientation on office-specific COVID-19 safety plans.

How will this help B.C.’s Restart Plan?
Thousands of jobs have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women, young adults and low-wage workers have all experienced relatively greater job losses. These positions give young people an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences in the natural environmental protection sector, which could lead to future employment within the Ministry or natural resource sector. It also provides several youth employment opportunities in parts of the province where unemployment may be higher.