Youth Climate Corps East Kootenay

Hiring is now open!

We are seeking 2-4 passionate, motivated and empathetic individuals, driven to take meaningful climate action in the local community. Engaging with local professionals, Wildsight staff and deeply involved community members, you will gain the knowledge, skills and training necessary to advance climate-resilient communities.

With support and direction from Wildsight’s Youth Climate Corps Program Manager, crew will:

  • Participate enthusiastically and professionally in introductory and ongoing training and learning activities (both general and project-specific)
  • Work collaboratively with fellow team members and external partners to complete YCC projects at a high standard of safety and quality
  • Serve as an ambassador between YCC projects and community members
  • Support the YCC team in producing and sharing communications content to tell the story of our work through multiple channels


Past seasons for the East Kootenay YCC crew, based in Kimberley, included working with partners from environmental and community-based organizations to address climate change locally. Crew members worked on projects ranging from food security to ecosystem restoration to wildfire risk reduction. This year’s team will experience an array of disciplines and learn how each is contributing to climate action work in its own unique way!

Are you keen to take a hands-on approach to climate action work? Eager to learn more about how your communities are working to become more resilient places to live?
You have a unique position to affect meaningful change at a local level. Employment with Wildsight’s Youth Climate Corps provides you with the tools to practise and expand your skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the region you live in, and the people within it.


East Kootenay 2024 Projects
  • Theory and Practice of Food Sustainability
    • Local food recovery and sustainability initiatives that will deepen your understanding of local food systems, food waste and burgeoning solutions.
  • Wildfire Risk Reduction
    • A wildfire fuel mitigation and monitoring project developed to spread awareness and increase local wildfire resilience.
  • Lois Creek Stream and Wetland Enhancement
    • A small-scale, community-oriented stream and wetland restoration project located in the Lois Creek trail system of Kimberley.
  • Community Engagement
    • Each cohort has the opportunity to focus on a small-scale, local passion project where the crew is responsible for organization and implementation. The East Kootenay crew will host its third Fix-it-Fair!
      Several other small projects including Whitebark Pine Recovery, Native Wildflower Seed Collection, Pollinator Meadow Restoration, wildfire fuel data collection, and potentially more.

These represent core skills sets we expect our team to walk away from the program with. However, through the participation and implementation of our project work, those involved will most certainly walk away with more.

Past project highlights


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Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.