Green jobs help instill a passion for the outdoors. PLT Canada’s Green Jobs program helps place youth in a variety of careers that exist in the forest, conservation, and parks sectors. These include jobs in ecosystem and wildlife management, forest management, Indigenous forest-based programs, recreation and interpretation, education, conservation and research, as well as in provincial and territorial parks. Working with the SFI network, PLT Canada has placed 3,000 youth in green jobs across Canada since 2018. And in the U.S., PLT provides teachers and other educators with tools, and training and resources like hands-on activities for youth related to managing forests, to help youth research different forest sector careers to learn what it takes to perform these jobs.
PLT Canada has achieved gender balance across job placements. We have also prioritized Indigenous youth placements and built relationships with Indigenous youth development organizations in the forest sector to provide opportunities and career support.