2016 Youth Employment Opportunities in Natural Resources
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to youth employment by offering more than 2,000 summer jobs and paid internships to youth in communities - including northern and rural communities - across Ontario.
Stewardship Youth Ranger Program
MNRF's Stewardship Youth Ranger Program is an 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 2016, the 45 teams will be located in the following 37 communities:
Sault Ste. Marie (2)
Sioux Lookout (2)
North Bay (2)
Thunder Bay (2)
Students must apply directly to each of their preferred team locations when the jobs are posted on ontario.ca/careers. For the 2016 summer season, rangers must have been born in 1999 (16 or 17 at time of hire). The ranger application period is from February 8 to April 8, 2016. Team lead jobs will also be posted as they arise.
Summer Employment OpportunitiesProgram
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.Positions will be posted on OPS Careers beginning January 4, 2016. Applications are submitted directly to individual job postings and deadlines vary. There are six staggered closing dates, depending upon the type of position: January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, March 15 and March 29, 2016.
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. 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 to Aboriginal youth between the ages of 16 and 19 through a partnership between MNRF and Confederation College. This program provides Aboriginal youth with an opportunity to build specific job skills and general awareness while working on natural resource projects in areas such as forestry, mining and energy. In addition, participants are able to develop leadership skills for future careers while earning two senior-level high school co-op credits. Participants live in a remote camp and report to work daily. Opportunities are available through Confederation College.
MNRF Internship Program
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Internship Program is for individuals who have graduated from a recognized 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.