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Communications Assistant: Social Media and Outreach

Reference number: CAP23J-022258-000050
Selection process number: 2024-CAP-SWON-EA-STU-005
Parks Canada - Southwestern Ontario Field Unit
Location: Hybrid – includes both remote work and office work in Hamilton (Ontario) or Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario), and Leamington (Ontario).
Would you like an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of communications working for a tourism-centred government agency? Parks Canada is looking for a creative, passionate candidate with excellent communication skills to help promote information and stories on some of this country’s most significant natural and cultural heritage. Help us connect with all Canadians and visitors to share Parks Canada administered sites in Southwestern Ontario.

The Communications Assistant will work with the Parks Canada Southwestern Ontario Field Unit External Relations team to participate in outreach events and develop communications products for Fort George, Fort Malden, HMCS Haida, Woodside, and Niagara National Historic Sites, and Point Pelee National Park.
Term from May to August 2024
$18.42 per hour

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

Closing date: 25 February 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: To be eligible, you must be: A student in an accredited institution or a recent graduate in the last 4 months; or someone between the ages of 15 and 30 years old who self-identifies as belonging to one or more Employment Equity groups (i.e. Indigenous youth, Racialized youth, or youth with disabilities).

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


• Assist with the creation and writing of digital communications materials – including but not limited to social media campaigns, web content, e-newsletters, media information, and other documents.
• Support in assembling and organizing information, coordinating communication approvals, and preparing content for publication.
• Participate in virtual or in-person events to engage the public; deliver educational messages or activities and provide visitor information on Parks Canada administered places in Southwestern Ontario.
• Record accounts of public interactions and file electronic reports on events and successes.
• Potential travel in Southwestern Ontario to assist with special events at Parks Canada administered places.
• Support in data organization for photo and video gallery and promotions products.
• Assist as needed with events both at our sites and in neighbouring communities, tourism programs, and other promotions and marketing tasks.

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.

Parks Canada's Southwestern Ontario Field Unit is a geographical area that encompasses approximately 30,000 km2 of Canada's unique natural and cultural heritage. From the picturesque Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the most Southern point of Canada at Point Pelee National Park, the Southwestern Ontario Field Unit offers a truly distinctive work environment. On behalf of Canadians, we actively operate 4 National Historic Sites, 1 National Park and a Field Unit office in the most densely populated and diverse area of the country.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff 2 youth positions for the 2024 operating season (May-August 2024) - one in Leamington and one in either Hamilton or Niagara-on-the-Lake.

We may only contact candidates who demonstrated clearly in their resume the skills required for this opportunity. This process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic requirements in the same or other parts of the country.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information."

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

Various language requirements
English Essential
Fluency in languages other than English is an asset.
Please clearly indicate in your application your bilingual status.

Information on language requirements

To be eligible, you must be:
• A student in an accredited institution or a recent graduate in the last 4 months.
• Or someone between the ages of 15 and 30 years old who self-identifies as belonging to one or more Employment Equity groups (i.e. Indigenous youth, Racialized youth, or youth with disabilities).

• An acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience in social media and/or communications.

Degree equivalency

• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, and as part of a team.
• Must have exceptional communication skills in writing and be able to interact effectively with the public (virtually or in person).
• Must be well-organized and able to plan, prioritize, and complete assignments.
• Must be able to create, deliver, and assess social media content.
• Knowledge of curating marketing materials to target audiences.
• Knowledge of Parks Canada’s mandate and Parks Canada sites in Southwestern Ontario.
• Experience with photography / videography is an asset.

• Someone who exercises sound judgment and communicates passion for Parks Canada’s mandate and strives for excellence.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Willingness to work irregular hours, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, if required.
Willingness to work outdoors in various weather conditions.
Willingness to occasionally wear a Parks Canada uniform and/or mascot costume.
Willingness to work in person in a Parks Canada administration building as part of a hybrid position.
Parks Canada prohibits smoking in the workplace.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

How to Apply:

• Submit a resume (2 pages max) and cover letter (1 page max) of your experience and abilities related to this position to ugsocommunicationssofu@pc.gc.ca.

Note: The cover letter will be used to assess your writing abilities and experience with the skills related to this position.

*Please note, that as a diverse employer, Parks Canada encourages students and youth from all backgrounds to apply. Preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as youth facing an employment barrier, including Indigenous youth, visible minority youth, or youth with a disability.

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

Contact information

Human Resources
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