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2015 Youth Employment Opportunities

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2015 Youth Employment Opportunities

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to youth employment by offering more than 1,900 summer jobs and paid internships to youth in communities across Ontario.

Program participants will engage in natural resource management activities that support MNRF's core mandates. MNRF employment programs give Ontario's young people the opportunity to obtain meaningful work experience, develop practical, personal and professional skills, and gain a deeper appreciation of their role in the stewardship of Ontario's natural resources.

Summer Programs

Stewardship Youth Ranger Program

MNRF's Stewardship Youth Ranger Program is a day-based, eight-week summer program that offers youth the opportunity to work outdoors on natural resource management projects in their own communities. Each team consists of one team lead and four rangers. Rangers may also have an opportunity to obtain two high school co-op credits during the summer. In 2015, the 45 teams will be located in the following 36 communities:

Fort Frances Armstrong Wawa Bancroft
Atikokan Moosonee Sault Ste. Marie (2) Minden (2)
Red Lake Chapleau Sudbury (3) Peterborough
Sioux Lookout Hearst North Bay (2) Kirkfield
Dryden (2) Cochrane Kirkland Lake Kemptville
Thunder Bay (3) Timmins Parry Sound Wheatley
Terrace Bay Kirkland Lake Huntsville Aylmer
Nipigon Englehart Midhurst Guelph
Kenora Temagami Pembroke (2) Aurora

Students wanting to be a ranger must apply directly to each of their preferred team locations when the jobs are posted on ontario.ca/careers. The ranger application period is March 6 - April 24, 2015. Team lead jobs will also be posted as they arise.

Summer Employment Opportunities Program

The Summer Employment Opportunities Program offers a wide variety of entry-level positions to youth aged 15-24 (up to 29 years of age for persons with a disability). Program participants work for 7-16 weeks, gaining valuable work experience and developing personal and professional skills. Many of these positions are in Ontario Parks and some parks may offer accommodations to summer employees.The job posting periods for this program on ontario.ca/careers are February 13 - March 1, March 6 - March 9 and March 20 - April 5, 2015. Applications are submitted directly to individual job postings and deadlines vary.

Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program

The Aboriginal Youth Work Exchange Program offers summer jobs to Aboriginal youth aged 15-24 (up to 29 years of age for persons with a disability). Program participants work for eight weeks and have the opportunity to remain with the program over three consecutive summers. Participants work on natural resource management projects and focus on job-skills-readiness training and personal development. Between March and June, positions will be posted on ontario.ca/careers as they become available. Posting dates and application deadlines may vary. Positions are recruited in partnership with participating Aboriginal communities/organizations. 

First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program

The First Nations Natural Resources Youth Employment Program is offered by the ministry in partnership with Confederation College. This program provides Aboriginal youth from First Nations communities an opportunity to work on forestry projects, receive workplace training, take personal development workshops and earn two co-op credits. Participants live in camps and report to work daily. Opportunities are available through the Confederation College website. 


MNRF Internship Program

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Internship Program is for people who have graduated from college/university within the past five years. Applicants must also be legally eligible to work in Canada. Interns work in paid, entry-level professional positions and may complete a maximum of two 40-week placements. Jobs are posted throughout the year on ontario.ca/careers, as positions become available.

Ontario Internship Program 

The Ontario Internship Program offers two paid 12-month assignments in a wide range of ministries and agencies across the Ontario Public Service, working in one of the following areas: business and financial planning, communications, human resources, information and information technology, labour relations, policy development, and program and service delivery. This entry-level program is open to individuals who have graduated with a recognized degree, post-graduate certificate or a diploma between May 2013 and June 2015.

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