(BC Parks)

A new provincial Youth Employment Program aims to match young people interested in environmental management and conservation to positions at BC Parks and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS).

The government says the $1.8 million program will provide funding for 25 new jobs at BC Parks and 18 new jobs at COS.

“These new positions give young people an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in the natural environment protection sector,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

Young people who successfully apply through the program will be employed for up to four months through fall and winter. They will be directly mentored by experienced park rangers and conservation officers.

The government says that the program is focused on hiring Indigenous youth and young people from under-represented groups who may face employment barriers.

People interested in applying for positions at BC Parks Youth Employment positions must meet the following 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

Positions at COS will be filled using an existing list of candidates, with a second phase of hiring later in August, if necessary.

BC Parks positions will be available on the B.C. government employment opportunities page by mid-August 2020.

Detailed information on the Youth Employment positions at BC Parks is available online at http://bcparks.ca/yep/.