How it works

You could be on a team composed of 4 Rangers and an experienced Team Lead. For 8 weeks you work in and around your own community on natural resource management projects. There are teams located in communities across the province.

As a Ranger you:

  • get hands-on work experience, education and training
  • develop personal and professional skills
  • develop career and community networks
  • receive minimum wage
  • earn 2 high school co-op credits (not available at all locations)
  • will work outdoors the majority of the summer performing physical tasks in various terrain and in a variety of weather conditions

Who is eligible to be a Ranger

You could be eligible if you:

  • were born in 2004 (16 turning 17 sometime in 2021, but not turning 18 before December 31, 2021)
  • are eligible to work in Canada

Types of projects

Stewardship Youth Rangers take part in a wide range of projects that could include:

  • creating habitat for species at risk
  • monitoring the health of forests
  • maintaining provincial parks (campsites, trails, beaches)
  • rehabilitating wetlands
  • helping with environmental and cultural community events

You might even have an opportunity to work in backcountry wilderness, which may involve overnight canoe trips to clear portages and maintain campsites.

When to apply to be a Ranger

The posting period for Stewardship Youth Ranger positions is in April.

Positions are posted all at once.

How to apply to be a Ranger

  1. During the posting period, go to Ontario.ca/careers.
    • To begin looking for jobs, use the drop-down menu under “Select Career Level” and choose “Student”.
    • You may also narrow your search by using the “Select City” or “Select Region” drop-down menus to indicate your preferences.
  2. You may apply to more than one team location.
  3. You must apply separately to each location. Submit your cover letter and resume directly to each of your chosen team locations by email, using the contact information listed in each job posting.

Application deadline for Rangers

Deadlines vary.

Team Leads

As a Team Lead you:

  • provide group leadership, motivation and supervision to a team of Stewardship Youth Rangers on a variety of field projects
  • research and identify learning opportunities for the group
  • ensure the availability of required resources and equipment
  • ensure compliance with workplace safety regulations
  • work cooperatively with community partners to plan and implement stewardship projects
  • work on seasonally recurring contracts of up to 3 months

Who is eligible to be a Team Lead

You could be eligible if you:

  • hold a valid Ontario driver’s licence – class “G” or equivalent as recognized by the Province of Ontario
  • hold or have the ability to obtain a valid Standard First Aid Certificate
  • hold or have the ability to obtain a valid Pleasure Craft Operators Card
  • meet other specific criteria in the job ad

When to apply to be a Team Lead

Positions are posted on Ontario.ca/careers February - April as they become available.

How to apply to be a Team Lead

  1. During the posting period, go to Ontario.ca/careers.
    • To begin looking for jobs, use the drop-down menu under “Select Job Category” and choose “Lands and Resources”.
    • You may also narrow your search by using the “Select City” or “Select Region” drop-down menus to indicate your preferences.
  2. You may apply to more than one team location.
  3. You must apply separately to each location. Submit your cover letter and resume directly to Ontario.ca/careers using the “Apply Online” function in the job ad.

Application deadline for Team Leads

Deadlines vary. Check the date at the bottom of each job ad.

For more information

Call: 1-800-667-1940
Email: nrisc@ontario.ca
TTY: 1-866-686-6072

Updated: June 02, 2021
Published: July 17, 2014