Stewardship Youth Rangers in forest

A day in the life of a Stewardship Youth Ranger

Today’s post was written by some of our awesome 2016 Stewardship Youth Rangers: Elysha Schuhbauer, Alexandra Campbell, Keegan Tremblay, Nathan Hay and Brendan Stark.

What is the best summer you’ve ever had?

Take a moment to think about it…

Now, wait; we have something better!

The Stewardship Youth Ranger program is for students the year you’re 17. Everyone you work with is the same age, making it a great way to meet new people from all high schools across Thunder Bay (or whatever community your team’s in).

rangers working

Rangers get a variety of skills and experiences, and are exposed to a different work environment each day.

As a ranger, every day is a new adventure

ranger holding gooseFor example, we’ve had work days of goose banding, tree planting, constructing new infrastructure in a provincial park, and learning lots about parks and protected areas, and job opportunities in all of these fields, for our future careers.

This job includes education days, where we’re taught about new things related to outdoors such as the National Marine Conservation Area (based in Nipigon) or hikes with Ontario Nature to search for and collect data about local reptiles and amphibians.

Other days are more labour-oriented, such as clearing hiking trails. Every day is something new and fun and full of memories that will last a lifetime.

Our advice?

Don’t think of this as a just a summer job. Instead, think of it as a gateway to new opportunities and possibly to your future!

Apply today

Applications for our 2017 rangers are open February 24 – April 28. Read more about the program here.

If you’d like to spend the summer working outside helping protect our natural spaces, make sure you get your application in on time!