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Summer Jobs in British Columbia

The Job Market for Canadian Students

By: Jessica Segal

British Columbia is a province with tons of summer job opportunities for students and youth. This article will highlight some of the more useful resources on the net.

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British Columbia Student Employment

General Search Tips
You may choose to start your search perusing online job listings on BC-specific websites.

If you’re specifically interested in a public service job, try BC Public Service’s ( Quick Job Search feature which locates opportunities by region, location and job category for quick and easy searching.

If you’re searching for job opportunities specific to your region, check out your municipality’s website. For example, the City of Kelowna’s website has a Summer Student Employment page featuring jobs in the Kelowna region.

For more general listings, try My Vancouver Jobs for a refined search engine and up-to-date listings of jobs from all around Vancouver.

The YMCA of Greater Vancouver has a Federal Public Sector Youth Internship Program. Its goal is to enable young Canadians ages 15 to 30 to get the work experience they need to enter into the workforce. The program is designed for who are out of school and in need of help finding employment. The program, which is sponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, requires no prior experience. Various internship opportunities are available throughout BC and the Yukon in a variety of fields and all placements pair applicants with a mentor. Check out their website for an application form.

BC Public Service facilitates an Aboriginal Youth Internship Program. The internship is 12 months in total: 9 months in a government Ministry and 3 months in an Aboriginal organization. The ideal applicant is an Aboriginal youth with strong communication, research and writing skills. Check the employment page for details about applying and other eligibility requirements.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) has a thorough listing of apprenticeship programs on their website. ITA's also sponsors the Secondary School Apprenticeship program for youth. The program allows students to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, earning high school credits as well as fast-tracking towards a certification in the skilled trades. Scholarships are also available. Similarly, the Ace IT Program for youth is an industry training program for high school students to work towards an apprenticeship while still in school with the help of local employers.

Vantage Point, formerly known as Volunteer Vancouver, is a non-profit organization that connects other non-profits, businesses and individuals with volunteer opportunities in and around Vancouver. Their “for individuals” page has useful tools for beginning your volunteer search. New opportunities are updated monthly, and you have the option of joining their network for a fee and receive insider information about volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer BC is provincial association of volunteer centres to encourage voluntary action in BC. Find your local volunteer centre to drop by in person, or check out their Volunteer Futures training event.

Vancouver Youth has a Job and Volunteer Postings page that is updated regularly with summer employment and volunteer opportunities in Vancouver.

If you reside in Burnaby or New Westminster, Volunteer Burnaby features volunteer opportunities specific to this region. New opportunities are posted quite regularly. Similarly, if you live in Richmond, Volunteer Richmond is a charitable non-profit agency that promotes volunteerism in the Richmond area. The website has a community service directory and details about visiting a volunteer centre in your area. Volunteer Richmond also has a unique volunteer match program and workshops to help you find volunteer opportunities.

Job Fairs
Check out The Cave, an organization for youth employment, events, job fairs and workshops. Check out their March Hiring Fair for great job opportunities in BC.

Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) has their annual Mega Job Fair featuring around 100 exhibitors from a variety of fields. Check their website for a detailed list of exhibitors and some tips on how to approach the fair.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Small Business BC's Young Entrepreneurs Seminar on Business Plan Resources and Financing Options, in conjunction with CYBF, holds an annual seminar for prospective entrepreneurs.

Camp Jobs
The British Columbia Camping Association is a hub of information regarding summer camps in BC. From information about jobs, accreditation, and a search feature to find camp jobs and various training opportunities, the website is a valuable resource for those beginning their search into a summer camp job.

Environmental Jobs
Some choose to enjoy their summer in BC with a job in the outdoors. Parks Canada has summer job opportunities at the Glacier National Park of Canada. Mount Revelstroke and Glacier National Park of Canada fill summer positions each year in their campground, visitor centre and administrative office. The program is designed to place secondary and post-secondary students into jobs that suit their academic interests. Check out the Parks Canada website for more information and eligibility requirements.

The Canadian-Forests website has a Careers and Employment Opportunities page for jobs across Canada in the forestry industry. Listings are updated regularly and feature many opportunities in BC.

BC Ferries have some casual and seasonal positions aboard their ferries. Check out their application form specific to seasonal positions and keep deadlines in mind when submitting your application.

Students seeking a summer job in BC have a unique opportunity in Bowman's Youth Skills BC Workplace Pilot Program. The program offers BC employers a monetary hiring incentive when they hire eligible youth ages 15 to 29. Specific participant eligibility requirements apply so make sure to read the find print.

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