The Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program offers a unique and exciting opportunity to Albertan high school students ages 16 to 18. This 7-week summer work experience exposes you to a wide variety of careers in forestry, wildfire, ecology, conservation and more!

A summer full of adventure has you taking part in many different work and educational experiences, including:

  • Trail building
  • Restoring wildlife habitats
  • Touring a lumber mill
  • Getting a helicopter ride to a wildfire
  • Conducting stream assessments
  • Learning about traditional ecological knowledge.


All applicants must be:

  • 16 to 18 years of age as of July 1
  • A full-time student enrolled in grade 9 -12 at the time of application
  • Interested in forestry, wildfire operations, wildlife biology, environmental science or stewardship
  • Involved in the community, school athletics, student council or volunteer services
  • In good physical condition. There is a minimum fitness standard that is part of the screening process.
  • Available for a 5-day overnight training program, starting in the first week of July
  • Prepared to live and work in the outdoors for 7 weeks

Training and Certifications

All of our Crew Members begin the summer by taking part in a 5-day training period at the Hinton Training Centre. Our training consists of both in-class and field exercises to fully prepare the members for the summer ahead. Also, many crews take part in courses that provide certification.

Some of the training and certifications that members take part in include:

  • Leadership
  • Conflict Awareness
  • Brush saw
  • Chainsaw (Second-Year Crew)
  • Hand Tools
  • Wildfire Orientation
  • Incident Command System 100
  • ATV training*
  • Hunters Education*
  • First-Aid and CPR*

*Only certain crews will take part in these courses.


Want to know the training schedules? Want to know how to apply? Get the details here in one easy-to-access location.