A summer job is in the offing for eco-conscious young adults interested in working outdoors.

Applications are now open for the BC Parks Student Ranger Program.

It offers 48 people an opportunity to work in B.C.’s parks and protected areas. They’ll be getting hands-on work experience through a variety of projects related to conservation, recreation, community outreach and Indigenous relations.

For the 2021 season, Vancouver Island student rangers will be based in Black Creek’s Miracle Beach Provincial Park, and Victoria’s Goldstream Provincial Park.

To be eligible, you have to be between 18 and 30 years old, and enrolled in full-time studies during the past academic year with the intention of returning to school full-time next fall. 

To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, the program encourages applicants from all groups, including Indigenous peoples.  

Funded by the federal and provincial governments, the program consists of 12 crews of four student rangers located throughout B.C. 

The teams focus on initiatives such as ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, outdoor education, trail building and infrastructure maintenance.

“Our spectacular park system provides exceptional recreational opportunities and plays a critical role in preserving ecology, celebrating culture and honouring history,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “The meaningful work completed each year by student rangers has a lasting impact on our parks and protected areas, and is an important part of renewing our BC Parks workforce and capacity.”

Chloe Sandahl has been a student ranger for two seasons, working on Vancouver Island and in Maple Ridge. 

For Sandahl, the overall experience was about building connections with parks staff, visitors and stakeholders, and learning how to work on a team.

“The experience of being a student ranger was incredibly valuable. BC Parks was really supportive of entrusting crews with meaningful projects, therefore this program feels as if my generation is being passed a torch,” said Sandahl. “While I look back with great fondness on the projects we accomplished, such as field surveys, trail maintenance and construction projects, I always enjoyed visiting new areas and learning about the history and management of various parks. We saw many benefits of our parks first-hand and that is very exciting to be part of.”

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 21st and are available here