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Positions: Canadian Wilderness Stewards
Type: volunteer conservation projects
Organization: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
Eligibility: 30 or younger

2020-2021 Program Regions and Expedition Sites

The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program - Empowering Youth to Be Leaders in Conservation

The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program (CWSP) is an educational experience designed to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards in Canada by connecting youth to nature and their local communities.

The three core components of the program are:

  1. A CPAWS-led expedition of a regional watershed in need of protection;
  2. Participant-led, volunteer community service projects focused on conservation or education; and
  3. A summit where participants share knowledge and develop skills in civic engagement, conservation, leadership, and advocacy.

The expeditions are led by CPAWS chapter staff and knowledgeable guiding companies, and include opportunities for hiking and/or paddling in the participant’s local region. CPAWS’ staff also provide guidance to participants in developing their community service projects. The program culminates in a summit, where participants have the opportunity to meet one another, share their projects, and develop skills to further their conservation work. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we plan to offer a regional in-person summit and a virtual national summit.

The CWSP is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.

*Please note that all program activities for the 2021-2022 season are subject to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event that certain activities must be cancelled, they will be replaced and/or supplemented with virtual or other alternatives.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be between 18-30 years old
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or granted refugee status in Canada
  • Must reside in your program region of interest
  • Must be able to commit 120 hours to the program
  • Must demonstrate an interest in wilderness conservation
  • Must have access to a computer and an internet connection

2020-2021 Program Regions and Expedition Sites

Interested in joining the Stewardship Program? Apply for the 2021-2022 Season!

We are currently recruiting for the 2021-2022 season. Applications are being reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis – so make sure to apply early!

The application deadline is 11:59 pm PT on June 30th.

Visit our website to learn more or Apply Now!

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jun 4 2021    ID: 60136