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Province adds youth environment jobs

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:08 PDT, Wed August 5, 2020

The province is introducing a new work program for young people interested in environmental management and conservation.

The $1.8-million Youth Employment Program offers fall and winter employment with BC Parks and the BC conservation officer service. Successful candidates will be mentored by experienced park rangers and conservation officers, developing experience that can help them pursue a career in the field. 

“These new positions give young people an opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in the natural environment protection sector and reflect our commitment to an inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Environment Minister George Heyman. “Creating job opportunities now and providing building blocks for future careers are our priorities as we build back a better and more secure future for young British Columbians, whose jobs have been hardest hit by COVID-19. We all benefit from enhancements to BC Parks and stewardship of our natural environment.”

The program will focus on diversity and inclusion, aiming to hire Indigenous youth and other young people from under-represented groups who may face employment barriers. Duties will range from public outreach and education, facility and trail maintenance, to invasive species removal and supporting conservation and recreation projects. Some applicants will also have opportunities to undertake project work in Smithers and Victoria, which will contribute to research, communications, program development and policy work.

BC Parks will have 25 new positions, which will be available on the provincial government employment opportunities page by mid-August. The BC conservation officer service will have 18 positions, and will initially use an existing list of candidates, with a second phase of hiring later in August if necessary. 

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