Ontario youth benefit from new demand for Green Jobs



    
       Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program provides experience and opens doors
                             to future Green Jobs
    

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Trees Ontario is partnering with the Ministry of
Natural Resources to provide green jobs for the province's youth. This comes
as research conducted by the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
states that there will be an increase in demand for employees in
environment-related fields between now and 2011.
    For eight weeks this summer, 39 Ontario Stewardship Ranger teams will be
located across the province working on natural resources management projects
with a number of community partners, such as conservation authorities,
stewardship councils, municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations.
Each Ontario Stewardship Ranger team consists of one team lead and four
rangers. Projects include: tree survival assessments, tracking and monitoring
fish and wildlife populations; restoring lake, stream and wetland habitat;
building boardwalks and trails; supporting species at risk and assisting with
community events for kids.
    "It is important that we foster the passion that youth have for the
environment and provide them with opportunities to explore possible career
paths," said Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources. "All Ministry of
Natural Resources youth employment programs, including the Ontario Stewardship
Ranger Program, provide on-the-job training, work experience in natural
resources and fantastic learning opportunities."
    Trees Ontario, a not-for-profit tree planting organization, will provide
$120,000 to fund four of the 2009 Ontario Stewardship Ranger teams. These
teams will work on a variety of forestry-related projects including assessing
tree planting sites for the Ministry's 50 Million Tree program - the single
largest commitment to the United Nations Billion Tree Program - and
maintaining tree seed orchards.
    "We are excited to be a part of the Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program
that gives youth hands-on experience and teaches them about the importance of
trees to our environment," said Michael Scott, President and CEO, Trees
Ontario. "Nothing is greener than trees; nothing cleans our air faster; greens
our landscapes better; and fights global warming harder."
    In addition to the projects, Ministry of Natural Resources staff members
and community partners provide tours, training and other educational programs
to the Ontario Stewardship Rangers. Rangers also complete educational modules
on leadership and natural resources management.
    Ontario Stewardship Rangers must be 17 years of age. This summer's
participants must have been born in 1992.
    For more information on the Ontario Stewardship Ranger program or other
Ministry of Natural Resources youth employment programs, visit the Youth
Programs website at ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms or call 1-800-667-1940.

    Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program
    The Ontario Stewardship Ranger Program is an eight-week summer job
program that offers youth in their 17th year an opportunity to focus on
community-based environmental projects working in partnership with stewardship
councils, conservation authorities, landowners, local industry, local
municipalities and non-government organizations. This program is celebrating
its 10th anniversary in 2009.
    Stewardship Rangers live at home, report to a central work location
daily, and travel as a five-person team to different work sites. Work may
include restoring wetlands, maintaining trails, building and erecting bird
nesting boxes, and conducting research for species at risk and biodiversity
projects.
    Starting in mid-March, team locations and contact information can be
found on the Ministry of Natural Resources Youth Programs web site. Applicants
apply directly to the team of their choice using the contact information. The
application deadline varies among the different team locations, but is between
late April and early June.

    Trees Ontario
    Trees Ontario, working with its partners, is the largest, not-for-profit
tree planting partnership in North America. It is committed to the re-greening
of Ontario through a range of tree planting activities. Trees Ontario is also
partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources to help deliver the Ontario
government's commitment to plant 50 million trees by 2020.
    The goal of Trees Ontario is to restore the province's tree planting
capacity, especially throughout southern Ontario on private lands, by
providing funding and planning support for its tree planting partners. These
include local Conservation Authorities, Ontario Stewardship Councils,
municipal governments and community volunteer groups.
    This year, with its partners, Trees Ontario will plant close to 3 million
trees. Visit the Trees Ontario website at www.treesontario.ca.





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For further information: Paul Tyler, GoldFenix Communications, (416)
254-0698, pt@goldfenixcom.ca; Victoria Ollers, GoldFenix Communications, (416)
822-2288, vo@goldfenixcom.ca


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