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Junior Forest Rangers


Launching in Alberta in 1965, the Junior Forest Rangers have grown over the decades to become an inclusive program that strives to pay fair wages and provide world-class forestry and wildlife training.

1965 - The Junior Forest Rangers begins in AB under the direction of Peter Murphy.

1974 - First girls crew and the age requirement was lowered to 16 from 17. 

1980 - Compensation was increased to $21/day.

2003 - Introduction of Aboriginal host communities, where crews worked during the week but lived at home.

2013 -10th anniversary of the Aboriginal JFR program.

2015 - 50th Anniversary of the JFR program. JFR 50th Year Video Link 

2016 - Total of 12 crews, including 4 girls crews, 7 boys crews and one 2nd year crew. 

2017 - This year there were 2 second year crews!

2018 - 1st year of integrated crews. Wage increased to $15.50/hr.

2022 - Total of 7 crews stationed across Alberta. Six of them included a second year member.

2023 - 8 crews stationed across Alberta, all including a second year member.

If you are JFR Alumni with a story to share, we would love to hear it. Send us an email!

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