Saskatchewan Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion an­nounces ex­cit­ing new con­ser­va­tion work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram for youth

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - CON­TRIB­UTED

Saskatchewa­nis brim­ming with young, tal­ented out­doors en­thu­si­asts keen on mak­ing con­ser­va­tion part of their ca­reer, and yet there are lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth over the age of 15 to en­gage in con­ser­va­tion pro­gram­ming.

That is why the Saskatchewan Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion is ea­ger to un­veil one of the most ex­cit­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the prov­ince to date: The Youth Con­ser­va­tion Lead­er­ship (YCL) ini­tia­tive.

The YCL ini­tia­tive pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents ages 15 to 18 from all across the prov­ince to ex­pand their re­sumes, gain in­dus­try knowl­edge, de­velop key skills, and ex­plore dif­fer­ent con­ser­va­tion ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties through part­ner­ing with ex­perts in the in­dus­try.

“We iden­ti­fied a gap pe­riod in the late teens and early twen­ties,” said Lau­rel Wald­ner, Ed­u­ca­tion Co­or­di­na­tor, “Right around the time they are con­sid­er­ing the work force, the pro­gram­ming op­tions seem to drop off.”

Start­ing in Spring 2019, this ini­tia­tive takes part in three stages in­clud­ing an out­door ad­ven­ture and ed­u­ca­tion com­po­nent, field ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship train­ing com­po­nent and a com­po­nent fo­cus­ing on com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. Par­tic­i­pants will get the chance to gain lead­er­ship skills and work with SWF partners in the field, get­ting hands on ex­pe­ri­ence in re­search, field­work, vis­it­ing habi­tats or tak­ing part in on­go­ing con­ser­va­tion projects, all while learn­ing how to ad­min­is­ter an SWF pro­gram of their choos­ing to a class­room in their com­mu­nity.

“We are com­ing up on our 90th year as an or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Dar­rell Crabbe, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “We hope that this ini­tia­tive will help build

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