Student Guide Program in France
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Reference number: DVA15J-007018-000963
Number of Jobs Being Offered: Between 39 and 48.
Organization: Veterans Affairs Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada employs Canadian students as guides year round at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial both located in northern France.
This is a unique opportunity to travel, live and work in France for a period of 4 months. Student guides are required to lead guided tours (on the preserved battlefield and in underground tunnels) lasting approximately 50 minutes in both official languages. In addition, guides are expected to provide information to visitors and answer questions from the public with respect to Canadian military history (including sites), local attractions and points of interest in the region.
This position is suitable for those oriented toward client service excellence.
Upon arrival in France guides will undergo training and will need to demonstrate their ability to absorb and synthesize large amounts of information in a short period of time.
Senior Guides will perform additional tasks which include some administrative and coordination functions at the sites.
Note: To be considered for a senior guide position, students must have been previously employed as a guide at the sites and meet all requirements of the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).
Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, both of which are located in northern France.
Hourly rates of pay: Students employed as Guides through this program are paid as indicated in the following: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/lrco-rtor/collective/lru-mnc/student-etudiants-eng.asp. NOTE: A daily living allowance of CDN $28.00 is paid in addition to the hourly rate of pay.
Duration of employment:
Guides are hired full-time only for the duration of one of the following periods:
Spring/Summer 2016 (The recruitment period ends mid December 2015)
May 2, 2016 to August 16, 2016 (Senior Guides and Guides)
Fall 2016 (The recruitment period ends mid March 2016)
August 8, 2016 to December 16, 2016 (Senior Guides)
August 8, 2016 to December 11, 2016 (Guides)
Winter/Spring 2017 (The recruitment period ends mid September 2016)
January 9, 2017 to May 9, 2017 (Senior Guides)
January 16, 2017 to May 9, 2017 (Guides)
Academic Level: Post-Secondary
Bilingual - imperative
Candidates must be fully bilingual and demonstrate that they possess advanced* oral communication skills in both English and French. This requirement will be assessed in the interview.
*Candidates must be able to give clear, detailed descriptions of complex topics, be capable of summarizing a discussion and must be able to support opinions and understand and express hypothetical and conditional ideas in their second language.
Information to be provided:
You must provide the following information when submitting your application:
- Your résumé.
- The names of two references (not related to you) who can speak to the skills you have identified for this position. As references may be contacted, please provide all pertinent information (e.g. email, phone numbers).
Additional Information and Conditions of Employment:
- CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Conditions of employment are any requirements that must be met or complied with before being hired to a particular position, and are to be maintained throughout the employment.
Successful candidates will be required to provide copies of the following documents prior to the employment start date:
1. valid First Aid Certificate;
2. valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR);
3. valid Canadian driver's license with no restrictions and a valid international driving permit;
4. valid Canadian passport;
5. confirmation of current full-time student status in a recognized post-secondary institution (with Registrar's seal of proof) and attestation confirming the intent to return to school on a full-time basis in the academic term following the work assignment;
6. valid French work visa.
If candidates encounter difficulties obtaining the above required documents they are asked to contact the Department as soon as possible.
Furthermore, successful candidates:
1. must obtain and maintain a valid reliability status in accordance with the Federal Government of Canada Security Standards;
2. are required to wear and maintain a uniform;
3. must be willing to work variable schedules (including shift work, weekends, statutory holidays and overtime);
4. must be willing to operate a government vehicle in Europe, sometimes with passengers, as required;
5. who choose to live in the housing subsidized by Veterans Affairs Canada, must sign a Rental Agreement and agree to have the monthly rental sum of approximately $300 deducted from their pay on a bi-monthly basis;
6. must be able to stand and walk over uneven terrain for a long period of time in various weather conditions;
7. must provide proof of health care insurance.
1. All successful candidates must arrange and pay for their own travel and all other related costs.
2. Upon successful completion of the work assignment and a satisfactory evaluation, guides may be eligible for a partial reimbursement of their actual airfare costs (up to CDN $800.00).
3. Students who were previously employed through the Student Guide Program in France may be called back to work as a guide (these students are required to apply in the active FSWEP campaign).
4. The re-employment of students is based on:
(a) the operational requirements of the Program as determined by Veterans Affairs Canada, and;
(b) each student's job performance as evaluated by Veterans Affairs Canada during previous work term(s).
5. Students will be working in a natural, outdoor setting and may encounter small wildlife such as rabbits and sheep.
6. Additional information / documents will be provided to candidates once hired.
7. Candidates are strongly advised to consider all necessary medical arrangements prior to departing for France.
All questions about this student job opportunity may be directed to:
(You must reference the Student Guide Program in France in the Subject of your email.)
NOTE: Do not email your application to the mailbox noted above as it will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted on-line through the Federal Student Work Experience Program - Student Guide Program in France.
Veterans Affairs Canada's departmental program is administered through FSWEP.
For all details regarding eligibility criteria, please visit the following website: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/index-eng.php?p=2
Successful completion of both an FSWEP work assignment and your educational program may lead to an appointment to a temporary or permanent position in the Federal Public Service for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Questions regarding travel and relocation.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.
The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
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