Indigenous Internship Opportunities

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Indigenous Internship Opportunities with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Experience working in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) – grow your future. The OPS is dedicated to recruiting and advancing top talent while building a diverse public service that is reflective of Ontario's population and communities. These exciting opportunities offer recent Indigenous post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop their careers and gain valuable work experience with one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Bring your knowledge, experience and perspectives to the Ontario Public Service. Working with a team of engaged professionals and dedicated leaders, you'll take the next step in your career in a dynamic environment that provides opportunities for personal growth, a competitive salary, mentorship, learning and development opportunities, and work-life balance. The ministry has immediate opportunities for interns in the following roles:

Join the Far North Branch, where you will support the planning, coordination and implementation of operational and strategic projects in the Far North and experience in areas such as providing program and planning advice, policy development, consultation and engagement.

Join the Regional Operations Division, where you will support the team in providing analysis and advice on natural resource projects and apply your research, analytical, and communication skills to advance reconciliation initiatives in our ministry.

Are you looking for an opportunity to demonstrate your passion working with Indigenous communities on natural resources management? Join the Strategic and Indigenous Policy Branch, where you will be part of a dynamic team of professionals on a diverse range of natural resource management projects on lands, forestry, fish and wildlife and complex land claim and treaty negotiations, including Ontario’s first modern-day Treaty with the Algonquins of Ontario. We offer a dynamic, inclusive and rewarding learning environment, where you will have an opportunity to develop a learning plan to accelerate your career growth and the opportunity to build your network across Ontario.

Join the Join the Strategic Human Resources Business Branch, where you will assist in the design, development and implementation of corporate initiatives related to leadership & learning, health, safety & wellness, engagement, recognition and service excellence.

Join our dynamic policy division team, where you will be involved in the development and interpretation of ministry policies related to sustainable resource management, providing technical, analytical and administrative support to the development of policies and regulations for biodiversity and invasive species or non-renewable resources, including aggregates, oil, gas and salt.

Join the Mapping and Information Resources Branch’s (MIRB) survey and mapping portfolio, where you will support survey and mapping activities across the Office of the Surveyor General and the Mapping and Geomatics Services section. You will compile spatial inventories, support program decisions through data management, and assist in coordinating specific project components related to the delivery of IM and GIS services to support section staff.

Join the Crown Forests and Lands Policy Branch, where you will provide input and support to the development, maintenance, and implementation of a wide range of forest policies addressing topics such as: forest information management, independent forest audits, forest operations compliance monitoring, forest analysis, forest certification, forest health and silviculture, forest management planning, and forest policy.

Working with the Communications and Marketing Section of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, you will assist with the organization’s communications, marketing and outreach functions. You will gain valuable experience related to website content and design, communications and marketing strategies, stakeholder engagement, graphic design and digital media applications.

Join the Financial Management Unit of the Land and Resources I+IT Cluster, and work with a team that embraces emerging technology, agility and new ways of working together. You will use your accounting and financial management knowledge and acquire hands-on experience in a public sector setting to make government programs and services more convenient, reliable and accessible.

Are you a proven leader who demonstrates superior communication and relationship-building skills? If so, consider this exciting opportunity to further enhance your career with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Communications Services Branch. Join our ministry's team and help us protect Ontario’s biodiversity while promoting economic opportunities in the resource sector and supporting outdoor recreation opportunities.

Note: These temporary positions are contracts of up to 12 months in duration.

How do I qualify?


For all positions:

• You must have graduated from a college or university, with a degree, diploma or post-graduate certificate, within the past 5 years.

• You must be an Indigenous person (i.e. First Nations, Métis, Inuit).


For job-specific details, including salary, position duties and full qualifications, and to apply online, by Monday, May 10, 2021, visit and enter the applicable Job ID number in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

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If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.