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:

  • 10-week land-based program (June 22 – August 28): Spend 10 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 (August 31 – October 23):  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.

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

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. 


  • June 22, 2020 – October 23, 2020    I    Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4PM (30 hours per week) (Land-based program June 22 – August 28; Work placement August 31 – October 23)
  • September 28, 2020 – February 26, 2021    I    Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4PM (30 hours per week) (Land-based program September 28 – December 18; Work placement January 4 – February 26)
  • More dates to come!

Participants must be available for the full 18-week program.


Participants will be paid $14.60/hr. 


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


Applications are currently closed. Please keep an eye on this space for updates!


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


COVID-19 UPDATE: EYA is planning for in-person summer programs with some changes to keep you and your family safe, including small group sizes, outdoor activities only, 2-metre physical distancing, 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 run virtual programs instead.


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

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