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About JFR

We are the Junior Forest Rangers

and this is Our Future. Our Responsibility.


The idea of a "Ranger Assistant Program" began in 1964. The goal was to offer young people an introduction to various aspects of forestry in Alberta and create an opportunity for transition into the newly formed forestry school at the Hinton Training Centre. With that in mind, Dr. Peter Murphy started the program which became the Junior Forest Rangers (JFR) in 1965.


What is JFR?

The JFR program is an incredible summer employment opportunity for high school students in Alberta, as well as post-secondary students or graduates from across the country (and beyond). JFR is a provincially run program under the Wildfire Management Branch in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development. We have up to 9 crews stationed in the 10 different forest areas across the province. Each crew consists of a Crew Leader, Sub Leader, and 6 Crew Members. Our crews live on an Alberta Wildfire base, and every day they take part in a wide variety of hands-on work projects and educational opportunities.  


JFR Program Objectives:

1. To give members an opportunity to develop career skills in natural resource management.
2. To perform useful and meaningful project work in natural resource management.
3. To promote personal development, inter-personal development and leadership skills.
4. To give members career awareness by providing opportunities to meet natural resource        professionals and visit their worksites.
5. To engage and explore traditional practices from elders and community leaders, including      traditional medicine harvesting, ceremonies and protocols.


Meet the Team

The JFR program's headquarters are located in Edmonton, AB. We are a team of three with support from the ten different forest areas. 

Kira Place- JFR Program Assistant

Trevor Nichols- JFR Program Specialist

Kim Edwards- JFR Program Supervisor 


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