The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is committed to helping the next generation of conservation leaders take action, change and do good!

TRCA offers several programs to support youth and young adults who want to get involved in the conservation sector. Whether you are a high school student looking for volunteer opportunities or an environmental professional looking to take the next step in your career, we have an opportunity for you!

TRCA Youth Council

Age: 16-30
Terms: Residing or attending school in the jurisdiction of TRCA

Looking to make a positive impact in your community? The TRCA Youth Council is for young people who are passionate about building healthy communities through enhanced connections to green spaces and nature.

Led by a 10-member executive, the Youth Council is designed to give Toronto-area youth a way to come together to identify the issues that matter to them and provide them with the tools to take action.

The Youth Council is part of the TRCA Regional Watershed Alliance.


Young Conservation Professionals (YCP) Leadership Program

Age: 18+
Terms: Minimum two years of professional experience in the environmental sector

This one-year personal and professional development program is designed for conservation and environmental professionals who want to take the next step in their career.

Participants attend three residential retreats throughout the year focusing on personal and professional leadership development and a minimum of four workshops focusing on key leadership and management skills.

Launched in 2005, the YCP leadership program now has a network of over 220 alumni across Ontario and beyond.


Participants of the Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program participate in a summer workshop at the Albion Hills Field Center

Conservation Youth Corps

Age: 14+
Terms: Participants must be enrolled in high school

Have fun and make a difference while earning high school volunteer hours in your community.

TRCA’s Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program is most active during the summer months, offering both virtual modules and hands-on opportunities for students to help with conservation projects in their community.

CYC also hosts a wide variety of events throughout the spring and fall, ranging from plantings, litter cleanups and invasive species trip to the recent Climate Action Leadership Retreat, a gathering dedicated to learning about Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)" class="glossary-term">climate change and develop leadership skills with like-minded local youth.


Conservation Youth Corps volunteers participate in an invasive species removal event

Girls can too

Age: Girls in grades 7-12

Gain experience, gain confidence and build your CV with Girls Can Too (GCT)!

This summer program is designed to introduce and prepare young women for trades-oriented careers in the environmental sector. GCT program participants can earn up to 35 volunteer hours while completing projects that contribute to ecological well-being and community sustainability.

Participants learn a range of practical skills from successful environmental professionals.


Girls Can Too participants make another green space improvement at Heart Lake Conservation Park

Ravine Youth Team

Terms: Applicants must reside in Toronto and be recent graduates or currently enrolled in post-secondary education related to the environment sector.

Developed in partnership with the City of Toronto, Team Ravine Youth is a student internship program that engages youth in the restoration of Toronto’s ravines while providing them with better job opportunities in the environmental sector.

The program is designed to expose students to various roles and career paths within the sector, as well as networking, support and guidance in pursuing future career opportunities.

Ravine Youth Team members work four days a week during their contract and engage in professional development one day a week. Duties vary, but may include planting, waste cleanup, erosion risk management, and land and water monitoring.


members of the TRCA Ravine youth team

Green economy project for young newcomers

Age: 18-29
Terms: Must be a newcomer to Canada

The Newcomer Youth Green Economy Project (NYGEP) is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to help develop new leaders in conservation.

Throughout this five-month, part-time program, participants are placed with a host employer in one of four environmental career paths to gain work experience in the Canadian environmental sector. The host employer provides a mentor to guide the working group through the realization of a concrete project.

The NYGEP program runs from October to March.


Newcomer Youth Green Economy Program participants participate in a field trip