Partners are essential to the Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program. Without community and industry support, many work projects and educational opportunities would not be possible.

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Aboriginal communities work with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fund and recruit the Aboriginal Junior Forest Rangers (Aboriginal JFR) crew members and leaders. Successful host communities are considered platinum sponsors, our highest level of sponsor.

Community eligibility

Aboriginal man in headdress and outfit preforming tribal dance.

Aboriginal communities are encouraged to apply to host an Aboriginal JFR crew. However, the community must meet these minimum standards to be considered:

  • First Nations communities and Métis settlements that directly engage in and promote natural environment careers are eligible to apply
  • Corporate entities (First Nations Corporations) must be in good standing with Agriculture and Forestry
  • Métis organizations must have a provincial liaison for camp-based crews and a liaison in the community for a community crew
  • The community or organization must be able to fund half of the costs directly associated with the operation of the crew. This would include, but is not limited to, the cost for wages, training, and vehicles.
  • The community or organization must provide a qualified leader and sub leader whom are available from the end of May to the end of August
  • The community must arrange for and provide transportation for leaders to attend training in Hinton, for crew members to attend training in Hinton, and to return crew members from Bull of the Woods (Nojack, Alberta) to their host community.

Host Community Application Process

There is an annual intake process for host communities. Mandatory start-up meetings held annually in early October initiate the host community application process. The application is a competitive process and we screen applicants on the criteria above.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Aboriginal JFR group in front of JFP 50 year banner.

JFR is built on partnerships. The program is set up to create positive and long lasting relationships which will serve to meet multiple objectives.

Platinum crew sponsors work to create and support JFR crews. Host communities are created using the Aboriginal JFR crew selection process, which has developed over the past ten years.

Gold sponsors create meaningful work projects and educational opportunities for our JFR crews in the summer months.

Silver sponsors work to create Bull of the Woods. JFR partners with local groups and post-secondary education institutions to provide a classic ending to the summer.

Bronze sponsors help to provide prizes and keepsakes for each JFR.

For more information, please contact JFR program staff at:


Updated: Sep 28, 2015