2021 Youth Employment Program

Youth Employment
The 2021 Youth Employment Intern competitions are now closed.

Operating under the broader umbrella of the StrongerBC Future Leaders Program, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has created the Youth Employment Program to provide youth with 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 an accredited secondary, or 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 has revised the 2021 BC Parks Youth Employment Program to promote outdoor youth employment opportunities across the province in internship and coop positions. For the 2021 season, the BC Parks Youth Employment Program will see 37 youth employed across the province. 11 Coop positions will be available through the Provincial Services Branch and 26 Student Ranger Internships will be available through the Regional Operations Branch.

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

Five different types of Regional Operations Branch, Student Ranger Internships will be available across the province, working in BC Parks program areas of Administration, Recreation Services, Conservation, Planning, and Community Engagement. Locations for these internships include:

  • Black Creek
  • Chilliwack
  • Cranbrook
  • Fort St John
  • Hagensborg
  • Kamloops
  • North Vancouver
  • Parksville
  • Penticton
  • Prince George
  • Smithers
  • Squamish
  • Terrace
  • Victoria
  • Williams Lake

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.

2021 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

Student Ranger Interns can expect to work on a wide range of projects. The table below provides examples of projects that employees may be involved with:

Program Area Example Projects
  • Maintain administrative policy and procedure manuals
  • Maintain record management systems for the branch
Recreation Services
  • Field Inspections
  • Administering Surveys
  • Long Term Ecological Monitoring (LTEM)
  • Restoration projects
  • Invasive plant removal and inventory
  • Coordinate and develops presentations
  • Conduct land administration research
  • Inventory
Community Engagement
  • Public outreach initiatives
  • Educational programs


BC Parks Youth Employment Internship Requirements

  • Registered as a full-time student at an accredited academic institution within the past six months at the secondary or post-secondary level
  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Available to work continuously for a 14-week term from May 25th – August 28th, 2021
  • Please refer to the job profile of each internship for additional requirements