About the Junior Forest Rangers


Since 1965, Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) is proud to offer Albertan youth the opportunity to get started in a career related to natural resource management and forestry.

All JFR crews live on wildfire bases or in JFR camps for the duration of the seven week program. Crew members and leaders stay with their crew 24 hours a day, seven days a week and complete a wide variety of work and educational projects based on natural resources.

All crews consist of six crew members (16-18 years old) from across the provinces and two crew leaders. This summer experience is challenging, unique, and rewarding.

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Alberta Junior Forest Rangers

Youth employed in a camp-based program can expect to be away from home for seven weeks. All crews can expect to have some camp experience with a routine schedule. Every crew is a little different, but some things you should consider before you apply are:

  • You will work outdoors, rain or shine, and get your hands dirty
  • You may build your own bed and sleep in a tent all summer. Community crews are a little different.
  • You will be expected to complete your share of camp chores during the evening and weekends
  • You will get bit by bugs and see many types of animals
  • You will be part of a team and have the time of your life

Learn more about the JFR camping experience:

Junior Forest Rangers Resource Management

JFR crews complete forestry-related work projects, participate in industry tours and learn from field experts. Work projects in a typical summer may include the following and more:

  • Mop up on a contained wildfire
  • Thinning trees to reduce threat of wildfire
  • Invasive plant species control
  • Mountain Pine Beetle traps
  • Trail construction
  • Tree Planting

Outdoor living is a lot easier when you have the proper equipment. Take a look at the equipment lists below for some suggestions:

JFR Curriculum

The program is based on four curriculum elements: stewardship, leadership, partnership and traditional ecological knowledge. Each JFR crew, whether camp based or community based, has a specific curriculum focus.

Aboriginal community crews spend more time on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), while camp-based crews focus on stewardship. Leadership is a more important theme for second year crews. Curriculum elements are integrated where possible.


  • To improve current land and public space use for future generations
  • To promote various career and education opportunities
  • To provide Junior Forest Rangers with the opportunity to learn about land, air, water, biodiversity, land management, trees, species at risk, water and air quality, hunting, trapping, fishing, recreation impacts, permaculture and agriculture
  • To provide Alberta Junior Forest Rangers the chance to explore environmental literacy through environmental studies, current affairs and educational tools
  • Provide opportunities to meet natural resource professionals and visit their work sites


  • To positively engage and work with communities, industry and business which support the Junior Forest Ranger program
  • Learn from program partners and supporters to learn about careers in natural resource management

Leadership and communication

  • To develop successful communication, leadership and group skills
  • To encourage safe work practices, the value of physical activity and other life skills
  • To promote personal development, interpersonal development and leadership skills

Traditional ecological knowledge

  • To engage and explore traditional practices, history and land uses from Elders and community leaders, including traditional medicine harvesting, ceremonies and protocols
  • To appreciate the value of this knowledge as it relates to natural resource management
2019 important dates
Crew leader and sub leader application deadline Feb 11
Crew member application deadline Apr 1
Crew leaders and sub leaders report to Hinton May 27 – Jun 6
Preliminary leader area project planning Jun 7
Leader training Part 2 Jun 17 – 21
Crew members report to Hinton Jul 3 – 9
Thomas Parker Scholarship application deadline Aug 6
Family weekend Aug 3 – 5
Bull of the Woods Indigenous Culture Day Aug 20
Bull of the Woods Competition Day Aug 21
Crew members depart from BOTW Aug 21
Leaders last day Aug 23

Contact us

For more information, please contact JFR program staff at:

Updated: Jan 11, 2019