Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park

We often hear from BC Parks enthusiasts about their interest in becoming a BC Parks Ranger. We’re excited to announce that we are now collecting an inventory of interested people who would like to work as a seasonal BC Parks Ranger.

What does a BC Parks Ranger do?

Being a BC Parks Ranger is a very rewarding experience, especially if you love being outdoors and having positive impact on conservation and park visitor’s experiences.

As a BC Parks Ranger you are responsible for maintaining facilities, delivering, monitoring and reporting on assigned recreation, conservation and extension services and activities. You are also the field contact for park visitors and contractors, and are dedicated to protecting park visitors and resources, enforcing compliance with the Park Act and other statutes and rules.

Interested? Apply now!

Applications will be accepted until February 22, 2016.

Would you like more information on the requirements for becoming a BC Parks Ranger? Check out our Park Ranger Information page.

38 Responses so far.

  1. Ryan Smith says:

    I have read the requirements link and I believe I am qualified. I have a university degree in ecology and 18 years experience in natural resource conservation, including as director of a community based nature reserve in West Africa for most of that time. 2 questions: What does “seasonal” mean, exactly? Does my nationality play a role? (I am not a Canadian citizen.) Thanks!

    • BCParks says:

      Thank you for your interest in the park ranger position, but the position is now closed and no longer accepting applications for this year.

  2. Evan says:

    I too am interested in applying. Please let me know if I have the minimum requirements to apply.

    BSC Wildlife Biology
    Diploma in Environmental Technology
    6 coop terms and other related work with MOE, MOF, BCCF, Institute of Wildlife Studies, Arcata California, Ogopogo Environmental and Engineering and Ducks Unlimited and the Invasive Species Council of BC. Ample experience with invasive and endangered species. Have valid electro-fishing certificate.

    Thank you for your time in replying.

  3. Owen Ballance says:

    I am a 1st year student at UVic studying Geography and Earth and Ocean Sciences, I have 2 years experience working In Parks and Rec in my City however I have no other experience and have not taken the required courses at BCIT. Is there any volunteering programs or Shadowing of current park rangers available?

  4. Dan Harwood says:

    Here is a quick summary of what I would bring to the table. Would this cover any prerequisites?

    Certifications and courses taken:
    Red seal electrician (BCIT)
    Graduate of COLT (Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training program through Strathcona Park Lodge)
    Sea Kayak Guide + instructor
    Canoe Instructor
    Swift water Rescue training (srt1)
    Technical rope rescue training (trr-t)
    90hr wilderness first aid
    Avalanche Operations level 1
    CAA Mountain weather
    Marine radio operators license
    pleasure craft licence
    Class 5 Drivers licence
    Advanced Open Water Scuba licence

    Outdoor passions:
    Avid back country enthusiast
    Ski touring, Splitboarding
    alpine climbing
    Sea Kayaking

    • BCParks says:

      From what you have provided, it looks like you would meet the min requirements, with the exception of the BCIT courses.

  5. Vanessa Dan says:

    I always wanted to be. Fisheries tech. Environmental is in my blood

  6. NIca says:

    I am wondering if related experience may be 7 years Sports Marketing?? I am also an avid mountain biker, hiker and trail runner…
    And one more question, I start full time school in September, would this job still be suitable for that timeframe?? I imagine less rangers may be needed as the weather changes. This would definitely be an amazing opportunity!

    • BCParks says:

      Hi, sports marketing wouldn’t be considered directly related experience but your other experience would be considered. As for September end dates, some positions only go as late as labour day weekend, this is something that could be negotiated at time of hire.

  7. Joy says:

    I’m currently in my first year of a two year Forest and Natural Areas Management program. I have the other prerequisites but no experience in the field yet. Will there still be positions open next summer when I graduate with a diploma?
    Thank you!

  8. Kai says:

    Hi there,
    I am working on my Archaeology degree at SFU.
    Just wondering if I will be qualified to apply for the position upon graduate.

  9. b.c. Wilderness bum says:

    I wish I could do this but don’t have the schooling…. I practically live at the parks I live in a camper van and for the past 10 months have just been hopping around and being a bum living at trail heads ski touring, fishing, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, camping, just enjoying life. I can’t go to school cause it takes up to much time and i have an addiction to skiing touring that would get in the way of my studies. Also wouldn’t change my lifestyle for 2 years of school, Id miss out on so much of my early 20s if I did that. I’ll probably be living this way for the next 4+ years or till my body can’t deal with it. Truly a dream job though…

    Is there any other jobs you have that don’t require so much schooling? Labour, cleaning up garbage, trail mantince whatever. Id love to work for you but yeah 2 years of school would kill my ability to get out 3+ days a week.

    Thanks love you guys and gals for all you do.

  10. Ky says:

    I wanted to ask how well and how completely the OREC program at Cap U satisfies the requirements for a Park Ranger position on it’s own?

  11. Veronika says:

    Is this a job that would require heavy lifting (30+lbs), or is there maybe some workaround if this is required? Thanks in advance!

  12. Jennie says:

    When does this position start?

  13. Ana Atem says:

    Hi all,

    I am super interested, Biologist with almost all requirements except the two courses from BCIT. Are they strictly mandatory? Could I apply and do the courses while working? They are very expensive.


    • BCParks says:

      Hi there,

      Unfortunately in the Park Ranger Requirements Information it says this in regards to the courses: “If not already obtained, candidates must be enrolled in these courses at the time of applying and provide proof of completion prior to an employment offer being made”.

      You have until May 1st to complete the courses.

      Thanks for your interest

  14. Peter Garside says:

    I am a UK citizen and will be coming over to BC in Autumn/fall this year. I have a working holiday visa and I am hoping to gain experience that will one day lead me to become a parks ranger. I hope to work hard and one day become a full Canadian citizen.
    I would be very greatfull if you could you provide me with any information or advice as to how to gain experience that will help me become a parks ranger? I already hold a conservation degree and have a number of years experience working with animals in zoos and in the wild.
    I love Canada and its immense wild areas and although it’s a big dream I hope to make becoming a parks ranger a reality.
    Peter Garside

  15. Shawn Warkentin says:

    I would love this job too much. I would never leave the Bush.
    Seasonal…. That’s the only draw back

  16. Ariel K says:

    If I have not yet taken the BCIT Courses required, is it possible to still apply now? And if selected to be a Park Ranger would I then be able to complete the courses to meet the requirement before actually starting the work term? Thanks!

    • BCParks says:

      Hi there, you don’t have to have completed the courses before you applied, but you will have had to completed the courses by May 1st.

      Hope this helps!

  17. Heather says:

    I have a undergrad degree in education and have 8 years experience as a parks laborer for different municipalities. Would that be accepted?

  18. Ryan H says:

    Sounds like the job for me! I love being out there enjoying nature! As young blood, I feel this is a perfect opportunity for me.

  19. Ryan H says:

    Sounds like the job for me! I love being out there enjoying nature! As young blood, I feel this is a perfect opportunity for me.

  20. doug zdanivsky says:

    Is BC Search and Rescue considered related experience?


  21. Joseph Mckenna says:

    Definitely interested, please tell me more.

    • BCParks says:

      Hi Joseph! We’re happy you are interested. Being a ranger is a very rewarding opportunity. If you would like to apply, you can click the “Park Ranger” or “Senior Park Ranger” links above, in the ‘Interested? Apply now’ section. Thanks!