Youth Volunteer Opportunity: The Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program

Position: 
Canadian Wilderness Stewardship Program
Location: 
Southern Alberta

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. Participants of the 2019-2020 program hailed from New Brunswick, the National Capital Region, Northern Manitoba, and Nunavut. 

The three core components of the program are:

  1. A CPAWS-led expedition of a regional watershed in need of protection;
  2. A 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 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.

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

Program Goals

  • To enable participants to experience the benefits of performing meaningful volunteer community service in their regions
  • To build participants’ confidence, leadership ability, and critical thinking skills
  • To empower participants to become ambassadors for regional wild spaces within their communities and create a culture of conservation engagement

Interested in Joining the Stewardship Program? Apply for the 2020-2021 Season!

We are currently recruiting for the 2020-2021 season. Applications are being reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis – so make sure to apply early!

*Please note that all program activities for the 2020-2021 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.

2020-2021 Program Regions

  • New Brunswick
  • Ottawa Valley
  • Manitoba
  • Southern Alberta

More information about program regions here.

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 one of the four program regions
  • Must demonstrate an interest in the conservation of Canada’s wilderness
  • Must have access to a computer and an internet connection

More information & application instructions