Green Job Youth Spotlights

Our Green Jobs youth are bright, motivated, and engaged future forest and conservation leaders. Here, we share their stories. If you worked in a Green Job and would like to share your story with us, please let us know – you could be featured on this page and in an issue of our #MyGreenJob newsletter!

Working to Make Ottawa a Greener City

January 06, 2021

By Emilie Grenier I’m passionate about everything relating to the outdoors and sustainability. Since my early childhood, growing up outside Montreal, I have spent most of my free time climbing, running, skiing, paddling, and camping. My travels and volunteer work have taken me to the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and…


Growing Trees and Helping Ontario Fight Invasive Species

December 08, 2020

Moira Ijzerman, an Irrigation Technician with Baker Forestry Services, adjusting the irrigation system in a hoop house where she grew tamaracks.

Baker Forestry Services is growing a few hundred different species of trees and shrubs, but they all have one important thing in common—they are all native species in Ontario. According to the Government of Ontario, there are about 1,200 alien plant species in the province. These plants were introduced by…


Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science to Teach Youth

October 15, 2020

Nicole Boyde, an Education Assistant with the Chuntoh Education Society, banding a hummingbird.

By Nicole Boyde I was in high school the first time I had the privilege of learning about the environment from Indigenous Elders. Today, my Green Job gives me the opportunity to continue learning from Elders and to use the insights I’ve gained to expand understanding of the natural world…


From Sawmills to the Healthcare Frontline: Using Transferrable Skills for Nursing

September 24, 2020

By Mackenzie Kronemeyer Working weekend nights in a Canfor sawmill and wood pellet plant for the first time while I was in high school gave me confidence that I was cut out for a career in nursing. The night shifts, the teamwork, and the focus on safety at Canfor were…


Why a Grizzly Encounter Confirmed My Green Career Path

June 29, 2020

By Brennan Gow One of the things I appreciate about working in the forest is the chance to see wildlife in its natural habitat. In May 2019 alone, I saw 20 black bears and 11 grizzlies while working as a Field Operations Assistant for Canfor, an SFI-certified organization, in Fort…


Following my Passion into Community-Based Agroforestry

June 12, 2020

By Sean Larsen I’ve always wondered how to combine my passion for the environment with a possible career. For example, I often think about buying land and moving to northern B.C. There, I would be able to grow trees and mixed crops and raise animals (a practice called agroforestry) to…


Wildlife Experiences Up Close and Personal

May 27, 2020

Morgan Conrad is a Wildlife Research Assistant at Chuzghun Resources Corporation in British Columbia. Part of his work includes live capture and release of animals like this lynx. By Morgan Conrad The feeling of holding a live lynx in my arms will stay with me forever. I’m still blown away…


Following My Family’s Footsteps Into the Forest

April 08, 2020

Young man in a high vis vest, hard hat and gear stands on a hill with forest in the background.

By Will Vukovic It feels like my whole family is part of the forest sector. My dad is a forester, my mum worked as one, and I have an uncle who works for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Their careers are a big part of why I…


My Eco Fun Summer with Youth Campers

January 24, 2020

By Nicole Mylnikov Getting kids excited about the natural world around them was one of the best parts of my Green Job. At the core of the Evans Lake Youth Camp is our Eco-Fun outdoor education program. The Evans Lake Forest Education Society is a not for profit charity (and…


Reeling in work experience through his Green Job

January 23, 2020

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, André Killeen was thrilled to spend his summer on Big Rideau Lake near Ottawa as a Research Assistant for Carleton University, where he is completing an Environmental Science degree. André has always loved being in nature, having spent his childhood camping and fishing with his…


Protecting Parks and Shorelines: A PLT Canada Green Jobs Spotlight

January 04, 2020

Calli debout dans une forêt tenant un bois d'orignal

By Calli Burke My dream job is to work in environmental law enforcement. I’ve always wanted to work outdoors, and I really enjoyed the work I did supporting conservation officers and the police last summer. My green job was with Kawartha Conservation, based out of Lindsay, Ontario, which is about…


Our Summer Filming B.C.’s Forest Sector: A PLT Canada Green Jobs Spotlight

December 12, 2019

By Edward Lau and Duncan MacRae, PLT Canada Green Jobs Youth We knew we would be wowed by the natural beauty of our province when we got hired by the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) last summer. Our job was to produce videos for the forest sector but our…


Cool Neighbourhoods – A PLT Canada Green Jobs Youth Spotlight

November 28, 2019

“Our urban populations are growing and at the same time climate change is intensifying, which could turn cities into urban heat islands that demand more and more energy for cooling. The good news is that large, healthy urban forests can be part of the solution,” says Cindy Zhaohua, an Urban…


The Arctic is Calling – A PLT Canada Green Jobs Youth Spotlight

November 07, 2019

Danielle Once dans un bateau à moteur en pleine eau

“I felt like the universe was speaking to me,” Danielle Ince laughs. A Green Jobs youth working as a Beluga Whale Research Associate with the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Churchill, Manitoba, you can tell she is over the moon to be doing research on one of Canada’s most iconic mammals,…


PLT Canada Green Job spotlight: Logan MacDonald, Parks Accessibility Summer Student, Nova Scotia Provincial Parks

October 08, 2019

Going for a walk in the woods can seem like the most natural thing in the world for many Canadians. But for over 6 million Canadians with a disability, experiencing the outdoors might not be so easy. Access to some of Nova Scotia’s more beautiful natural spaces could soon improve thanks…


Green Job spotlight: Syd Welsh, Environmental Educator, Galiano Conservancy Association

September 20, 2019

Syd Welsh holding a sea star

“After spending a whole day in the forest, these kids leave with a real idea of what forest restoration looks like,” says Syd Welsh. “Giving them a positive experience helps counter a lot of the negativity about the environment. It’s easy to think that our problems are too big to…


Green Job Spotlight: Kyra Burkart, Forest and Wetland Outdoor Educator

August 07, 2019

Kyra Burkart

“So many kids are out of touch with nature. But once you get them outdoors, even the ones who are ‘too cool for school’ love exploring the natural world,” says Kyra Burkart. She worked as a Forest and Wetland Outdoor educator in a two-month spring program aimed at students from…


Green Job spotlight: Ellie Anderson, Education and Outreach Technician

July 29, 2019

Ellie Anderson

“I love being outside and I love talking to people. Helping someone understand the importance of bees and butterflies or how to help an endangered turtle safely cross the road is an awesome feeling,” says Ellie Anderson, an Education and Outreach Technician with Lower Trent Region Conservation. Her work encourages…


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