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Positions: JFR Crew Leader/Sub Leader
Type: student summer job or graduates 
Organization: Junior Forest Rangers
Location: Nine locations across Alberta

How to Apply

To apply for a JFR Crew Leader or Sub Leader position, send your cover letter, resume and supporting documents outlined below to to the attention of Trevor Nichols, JFR Program Specialist. The deadline to apply is February 10th, 2020.

When emailing your documents, please send attachments in either pdf or docx formats. We thank all applicants for their interest. Due to the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


The Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) is an exciting summer work experience program that focuses on stewardship, leadership, and traditional ecological knowledge. The program fosters an appreciation for our natural environment by completing hands-on work projects and being immersed in educational opportunities that showcase careers in forestry, wildfire, ecology and other environmental fields. We are currently seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and outdoor-oriented individuals to lead our JFR crews throughout the province of Alberta.

JFR Crew Leaders and Sub Leaders work in pairs and their main responsibility is to supervise a 6-8 person crew of high school students. All Leaders and Sub Leaders go through two weeks of training at the Hinton Training Centre, followed by three weeks of networking with professionals to fill a summer calendar with a wide range of work projects and educational opportunities. Seventy percent of the program schedule is dedicated to physically active work experiences which includes ecosystem restoration, bushcraft, wildfire or mock fire experience, tree planting, habitat construction, recreational trail construction, and more. The remaining thirty percent of the program schedule involves educational opportunities including forestry tours, ATV training, hunters education course, lookout tower tours, speaking with elders or knowledge keepers, wildlife ID training, and so much more. All leaders strive to ensure a safe and positive work environment for the entire crew. Evenings and weekends are spent with your crew, taking part in outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and more.

JFR Crew Leaders
The primary responsibilities of the Leader includes supervision and direction of a Sub Leader and eight crew members; developing and implementing safety standards and procedures; designing a safe, rewarding work, and educational program schedule; organizing evaluations and addressing any situations with staff; and promoting team building and a positive outdoor experience.

JFR Crew Sub Leaders
The primary responsibilities of the Sub Leader will include assisting in the direction and supervision of all crew members, work projects, recreational outings and general camp situations; designing a safe, rewarding work, and educational program schedule; projecting and conducting maintenance and inventory inspections of all equipment; implementing safety standards and procedures; and promoting team building and a positive outdoor experience.


Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience in forestry, outdoor education, and/or environmental related fields. Individuals will have good communication skills, experience in organizing groups, have project management skills, the ability to learn quickly and adapt, be creative, and work well in a team setting. Please make sure to include how you demonstrate the following competencies in your past work experience in your resume and/or cover letter: build collaborative environments, develop networks, drive for results, agility, and develop self and others.

  • BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS Leads and contributes to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve outcomes.
  • DEVELOP NETWORKS: Proactively building networks, connecting, and building trust in relationships with different stakeholders.
  • DRIVE FOR RESULTS: Knowing what outcomes are important and maximizing resources to achieve results that are aligned with the goals of the organization, while maintaining accountability to each other and external stakeholders.
  • AGILITY: Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities, maintain resilience in times of uncertainty and effectively work in a changing environment.
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: A commitment to lifelong learning and the desire to invest in the development of the long-term capability of yourself and others.


For Crew Leaders, a high school diploma plus one year related training/courses and six months related experience is required. For Crew Sub Leaders, a high school diploma plus some related training/courses and six months related experience is required.

Preferred applicants:

  • are university or technical school students or graduates in outdoor education, recreation, forestry, environmental science or related disciplines
  • will have experience working with youth and project planning
  • will have proficiency with MS Office
  • will have outdoor skills, gravel road driving experience, and power tool experience

When you apply, please include copies of the following (or inform us you will obtain prior to training):

  • an unrestricted, Alberta class 5 driver’s licence, or equivalent (non-GDL)
  • a Standard First Aid with Level A or C CPR certification
  • an acceptable driver’s abstract
  • a defensive driving certification (online course is acceptable)
  • a completed JFR fitness form and Par-Q readiness form (see JFR website)

All participants must maintain a state of good physical fitness to endure the rigorous working conditions. Fitness testing is a mandatory part of the hiring process. You must include proof of a passed fitness test (JFR Fitness Form) with your application. In order to participate in the 2020 JFR season, all leaders and members must pass a fitness test as part of the application process.

Final candidates for this position must clear a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check conducted by their local police department.


  • *$22.76 to $28.03 per hour for Crew Sub Leaders and $23.54 to $29.06 per hour for Crew Leaders
    • There is an additional 11.2% added to the hourly rate in lieu of receiving vacation and benefits.
    • In addition to daily work Monday to Friday, leaders will be compensated for alternating night and weekend supervision during July and August, when applicable.
  • Based on current union negotiated rates


These summer employment wage opportunities are available from May 25 - August 23, 2020. There will be some travel to other areas within the province for pre-season meetings, training, area visits and program events.

For more information visit our website:

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:


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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 8 2020    ID: 55564