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Student Employment: Halifax Learn-to Camp and Outreach Positions

Reference number: CAP23J-019343-000104
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-MNS-S-RM-STD-70
Parks Canada - Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit
Halifax (Nova Scotia)
$16.99 to $18.17 per hour (Salary to be determined at the time of the hire and is based on the current academic level of the student as well as experience)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency! Parks Canada Web site

Closing date: 6 March 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: To be eligible, you must be:
• registered as a full time or part-time post secondary student in an accredited academic program; or
• participating in adult education and retraining programs at the secondary level, operated under the authority of an accredited academic institution; and
• be between the ages of 15 and 30.

All eligible students who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

If at any point you are struggling with your application or have questions about what we are asking for, please contact Aaron Shenkman at aaron.shenkman@pc.gc.ca.

We will accept on-line applications received via the Public Service Resourcing System (GCJobs site) or via email at aaron.shenkman@pc.gc.ca.

If you are applying online using Public Service Resourcing System (GCJobs): you will be asked a series of pre-screening questions regarding the “Essential Qualifications” in lieu of a cover letter.

** If you are applying by email: you will need to provide a cover letter outlining how you meet each of the “Essential Qualifications”. IMPORTANT: this requirement is not listed in the "Information You Must Provide" section. **

When answering the pre-screening questions, or preparing your cover letter, you must provide specific examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience requirements listed under "Essential Qualifications".

We can’t make any assumptions about your experience. Simply saying you have the required qualifications or listing your current duties is not enough. Instead, provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly explain where, when, and how you gained the experience. We’ll only use your résumé as a secondary source of information. If you don’t clearly demonstrate you have the required experience, we won’t ask for additional information and you may be screened out.

** The application process for government jobs is unique. To support you in preparing your application and answer any questions you may have, we will be hosting workshops on January 26th at 7:00pm (AST) and February 15th at 4:00pm (AST). To register for one of the workshops, please email Aaron Shenkman at aaron.shenkman@pc.gc.ca. Workshops will be held digitally with video and call-in options. Attendance is encouraged. **


Whether to improve their mental health, take on a new challenge, or learn about the ecosystems around them, Canadians are looking to get outside and enjoy nature. The Halifax Learn-to Camp and Urban Outreach team is committed to removing as many barriers as possible to help make the outdoors a safe, healthy, and welcoming space for everyone. We hope you can join us as we work with communities across Nova Scotia to help make this vision a reality. All levels of outdoor experience are welcome.

Every day with the Halifax Learn-to Camp and Urban Outreach team is different, if you thrive in a dynamic work environment and are comfortable working a flexible schedule, look no further. Some key parts to this job may include:

- Delivering educational programs or public outreach in-person and/or virtually.
- Developing educational content such as engaging workshops, activities, web content, and social media posts.
- Working with diverse audiences, including English language learners, youth, young families, and urban Canadians.
- Leading and/or participating in outdoor recreational activities.
- Learn-to Camp is a unique Parks Canada program; our team works to connect with Canadians who face barriers of access and/or have been traditionally excluded from outdoor recreational activities.
- Our goal is to address these barriers and contribute to making the outdoors a more accessible and inclusive place for everyone to enjoy and appreciate nature.

Work environment

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Learn-to Camp is a unique Parks Canada program; our team works to connect with Canadians who face barriers of access and/or have been traditionally excluded from outdoor recreational activities. Our goal is to make the outdoors a more accessible and inclusive place, where everyone can enjoy and appreciate nature.

Intent of the process

The Youth Employment Skills Strategy (YESS) aims to create temporary employment opportunities for youths from 15-30 years of age who are facing one or more barriers to employment. Barriers may be any part of your past or present experience that makes it difficult to obtain or maintain meaningful employment. Some of the positions advertised in this poster are funded by the YESS program, though we encourage any person who is interested to apply.

Preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as Indigenous, visible minority group members or persons with disabilities, as well as youth facing barriers to employment. As such, we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

Given that the positions are located in Nova Scotia, we encourage youth from the African Nova-Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities to apply and self-identify.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Registered as a full time or part-time post secondary student in an accredited academic program or participating in adult education and retraining programs at the secondary level, operated under the authority of an accredited academic institution.

Degree equivalency

Why Parks Canada? Please provide a note explaining why you’re interested in working with Parks Canada.

Experience working with the public, including youth and families. Please outline which audiences you’ve worked with, what your role was, what skills you developed in these roles, etc.

Experience working in a team environment. Please include details such as: the structure of the team, what your role was, what your responsibilities were, what skills you developed, your general approach to working on a team, your definition of a strong team, etc.

Experience working with diverse groups. These groups can be diverse in terms of race, gender, culture, age, etc. How have you worked to make room for diversity? What actions did you undertake to make room for difference?

Experience enjoying nature. Your time in nature could include camping trips, walks with your family, bird watching, or any other outdoor activity. Please outline at least one way that you enjoy nature, and why.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
For operational purposes, we will need coverage in both official languages (English and French) on our team. Please highlight in your application which official language(s) you speak. Due to the linguistic diversity within the Canadian public and our international visitors, skills in other languages may be considered an asset.

Information on language requirements

Note: the following will only be assessed if you are invited to an interview.

Knowledge of the outdoors, whether through camping, gardening, bird watching, academics, reading, etc.

Ability to deliver an engaging interpretive presentation
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Ability to interact with and present to a wide variety of audiences
Ability to adapt to a variety of situations and changing work locations
Ability to think creatively
Ability to advocate for yourself and practice self care
Communication and writing skills (oral and written)

Personally connects with people
Personally connects with Parks Canada’s mandate
Exercises sound judgment
Makes things happen
Strives for excellence

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Willingness to work varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime
Willingness to work outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions
Willingness to set-up, take-down and move heavy equipment
Willingness to travel to various locations outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality and participate in overnight or multi-night camping trips / events.
Willingness to comply with the current COVID public health measures (cleaning and sanitizing protocol, physical distancing, wearing a mask, etc)
Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and occasionally a mascot costume

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Parcs Canada fera une enquête de sécurité sur les candidats retenus au terme du processus. Notre équipe des Ressources humaines peut répondre aux questions que les candidats pourraient avoir sur ce processus, et peut aussi prévoir des mesures d’adaptation pendant le processus, sur demande.

As this is a team that travels to different events and locations, we will require that some, though not all, teammates are able to drive in order to meet operational requirements. Please specify in your application whether you hold a valid level 5 driver’s license.

Applicants must have completed recognized first aid training prior to commencing employment and be able to present their certificate on the first day of employment.

Other information

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.

Information on employment equity: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/employment-equity.html

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site:

Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Parks Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1400782178444/1529183710887

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Aaron Shenkman, Learn-to Camp Coordinator
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