Roots & Shoots Internship


Paid Environmental Career Development Opportunity 

Do you enjoy working on the land and learning new skills? Join EYA’s new Roots & Shoots Program! We’re looking for five youth to join this fully-paid job skills program which includes:

  • 12-week land-based program (September 28 – December 18): Spend 12 weeks learning and working on the land at EYA’s outdoor garden sites in East Vancouver. Learn and apply skills in horticulture, ecology, Indigenous plant knowledge, group facilitation, and community-building, as well as job skills like resume building, interview skills, goal setting and teamwork with the EYA team, local knowledge keepers and experts in the field.
  • 8-week supported work placement (January 4 – February 26):  EYA staff will help you find a well-suited work placement in the environmental field that aligns with your values and career goals. You’ll build a community of other youth, community partners and EYA staff and receive one-on-one support throughout the work placement, and afterwards to support career navigation.

This program is full-time and will run for 5 consecutive days between Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 4PM from September 28 – February 26 (2 weeks off around Christmas Holidays). Participants must be available for entirety of program.


This program is open to all youth age 18-25 who identify as Indigenous, visible minorities, LGBTQ2, or living with a disability. To participate, you cannot be attending high school. No previous environmental experience required. Lunches and bus passes are provided. 


Find out more by looking at the Roots & Shoots Internship Job Description.




Participants will be paid $14.60/hr. 


Strathcona Community Gardens (759 Malkin St.) and other EYA programming sites


Keep an eye on this space for when applications are open.


Questions?  Our Roots & Shoots team would love to hear from you!
Erica Ellis (Program Manager) – or 604-689-4446



  • February 8th – July 9th (Land-based program February 8th – May 14th; Work Placement May 17th – July 9th)
  • June 28th – November 26th (Land-based program June 28th – October 1st; Work Placement October 4th – November 26th)
  • More dates to come!


COVID-19 UPDATE: EYA is planning for in-person programs with some changes to keep you and your family safe, including small group sizes, 2-metre physical distancing, wearing masks, no sharing of tools or gloves, frequent hand-washing, and safely-prepared pre-packaged lunches. We’re carefully monitoring updates from health authorities – if it isn’t possible to run in-person programs, we will adapt as needed.


  • Categories: Indigenous Knowledge, Medicinal Plants, Native Plants, Rewilding, Work Experience

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