Yukon Wildlife Preserve
Whitehorse, YT

Full Time

Compensation: $20.49 Hourly

Plus 4% vacation pay
Closing Date
Open until filled; applications reviewed as they are received.
Job Level
Intended job posting audience
Anyone who can legally work in Canada can apply for this job. If you are not currently authorized to work in Canada, the employer will not consider your job application.

Job Description: Forestry & Invasive Species Forester-Educator

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will receive an update on their application within two weeks of applying.

Would you like to explore the forests of northern Canada, work around some amazing animals, and spend a lot of your summer in the trees? Yukon Wildlife Preserve is looking for up to five forester-educators to join our team. As the seasons change you will spend time in every part of our 700 acre preserve 30 minutes from downtown Whitehorse. You will work with the operations team to build forest trails/roads, control invasive plant species, and conduct FireSmart forest thinning. You will also work with the Education and Programming team to share what you are doing with kids in school programs and summer day camps.

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is a zoological institution and a non-profit charity, dedicated to education, conservation, and research on boreal and arctic ecology. This position is well suited to candidates who:

  • have academic, traditional, or working knowledge of forests and are looking to grow their skills in public outreach, education, and interpretation;
  • or have academic, traditional, or working knowledge of public education, interpretation and are looking to grow their skills in forest and landscape management;
  • or are early-career conservation or forestry professionals looking to practice their skills in forest assessment and operations and/or in outreach, education, and interpretation

All positions begin in May 2024. Various end dates are available: August 2024, October 2024, or March 2025 (with the possibility for extensions). Candidates will be asked about their preferred end date during the interview process.

We are also hiring Wildlife Educators. If you are interested in both roles, you can submit one application and ask to be considered for both roles.

Please note that Forester-Educator positions are funded by grants from the Government of Canada’s Green Jobs program. Candidates will need to meet the criteria established under the Green Jobs program.


With training and support from the Manager of Education & Programming and the Manager of Operations, the successful candidates will:

Operational Activities

  • Lead and direct surveys of targeted Yukon Wildlife Preserve landscapes to identify invasive plant species, trees of note, and fire risk areas;
  • Develop and implement evidence-based control plans for targeted invasive species at Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
  • Develop and implement evidence-based FireSmart risk reduction plans, specifically around fuel removal, for targeted areas of Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
  • Survey and develop trails in designated areas of Yukon Wildlife Preserve to support machinery access, staff safety, animal monitoring, and public accessibility;
  • Operate relevant heavy and light equipment, including mowers and saws;
  • Support other operational staff as required, for example by operating trucks, plows, and loaders.

Education Activities

  • Develop education and participation plans for students and campers aged 6-12, especially focusing on invasive species and FireSmart forestry, including hands-on removal plans involving the kids;
  • Support other educators in the delivery of forestry, invasive species, and FireSmart programming;
  • Participate in staff training to increase knowledge of boreal and arctic ecology and to develop a communication strategy tool-kit to engage youth;
  • Adapt and deliver engaging outdoor interpretive programs for students and youth;
  • Support evaluation of program design and delivery;
  • Light cleaning and maintenance related to program delivery;
  • Support other educators and interpreters with programs as required as required, for example by assisting with program delivery, covering breaks, or delivering tours.

Skills & Experience:

There are multiple ways that a candidate could demonstrate suitability for this role. Our list of skills and experience required includes “must haves” and then two potential candidate profiles. We encourage candidates who have some relevant experience to apply, even if you do not meet every criteria on the list.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Clean Vulnerable Sector Screening (completed after you receive a job offer);
  • Living in/near or ability to relocate to Whitehorse, Yukon (see resources for moving at bottom of document)
  • First Aid certification (this can be obtained after receiving a job offer);
  • Comfortable working outside in hills, plains, forests, and marshes in all weather conditions both on and off of trails;
  • Able to safely lift 30 pounds to chest height repeatedly
  • Full driver’s licence with no restrictions and a clean driver’s abstract
  • Strong safety-first attitude
  • Basic understanding of simple computer systems such as word processers and email programs

Eligible for this grant-funded position, under criteria set by Natural Resources Canada:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, person with refugee status;
  • Not currently enrolled in school;
  • Between ages 15-30.

Option 1: Forestry Background

  • Able to operate hand and power tools relevant to forestry and maintenance, including chainsaws, hand saws, and drills
  • Able to operate light and heavy machinery such as trucks, loaders, and plows
  • Academic, traditional, or working knowledge of basic plant traits used in species identification
  • Academic, traditional, or working knowledge of plant uses and safe harvesting practices

Option 2: Education Background

  • Experience in leadership, mentorship, and/or coaching
  • Experience working with youth
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest, knowledge, and/or experience in arctic and boreal ecology

Assets (nice to have):

  • Knowledge of plants and animals in the Yukon, including both native and invasive species. Knowledge of plants and animals in other areas would also be an asset.
  • Class 4 driver’s licence
  • Experience operating light or heavy machinery such as loaders, plows, and trucks
  • Knowledge of GIS and its applications in forestry
  • Education in relevant field (biology, education, interpretation, outdoor recreation, natural resources, etc.);
  • Experience in delivering engaging knowledge-based interpretive programs to diverse audiences
  • Knowledge of Interpretive Theory & techniques;
  • Knowledge/training in statistical analysis, program evaluation, or related topics
  • Fluency in a second language, especially French

Conditions of Employment:

  • Acquire and maintain a valid Standard First Aid/CPR-C certificate or equivalent
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license (class 5 or better) and clean driving record
  • Clean criminal record check with vulnerable sector screening

Moving to Whitehorse:

  • Moving costs and accommodation are not provided by Yukon Wildlife Preserve.
  • Information from Yukon Territorial Government on moving to Yukon: https://yukon.ca/en/moving-yukon
  • Information from the City of Whitehorse on living here: https://www.whitehorse.ca/living-in-whitehorse/

If hired, the costs of the Vulnerable Sector Screening, Class 4 Driver’s Licence, and First Aid training are reimbursed.

If you have questions about this role please contact us at education@yukonwildlife.ca.