How it works

You could get an eight-week summer job working with the ministry and/or an Indigenous community or organization – for up to three summers in a row.


  • get hands-on work experience in natural resource management
  • receive education, training and coaching
  • develop personal and professional skills
  • could work indoors or outdoors depending on the position or set of tasks
  • receive minimum wage

Who is eligible

You are eligible if you are:

  • a person who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit)
  • a student
  • a minimum of 15 years of age
  • eligible to work in Canada

Types of work

Students in the Indigenous Youth Work Exchange Program take part in a wide range of summer positions including:

  • monitoring the health of forests
  • helping in a lab
  • working in an office
  • performing daily fish culture activities
  • assisting with water quality monitoring

How to apply

Please email the Strategic Human Resources Business Branch at