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Student Ecological Monitoring Technician

Reference number: CAP23J-048195-000012
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-WAT-SU-EA-069
Parks Canada - Waterton Lakes Field Unit - Resource Conservation
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada (Alberta)
SU-01 - Student
Term duration 4 months (late April to late August)
$19.48 to $22.29 per hour

Closing date: 24 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Parks Canada Agency considers applications from 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.
To be considered for employment under one of the student employment programs, the individual must be:
• registered as a full-time or part-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited academic program
• participating in adult education and retraining programs at the secondary level, operated under the authority of an accredited academic institution
• should meet the minimum age requirement to be employed in the province or territory of work
immediately, students can fill out and submit the Statement of intent to return to full-time studies until proof can be obtained.

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

We will only accept on-line applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site. Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact rhwaterton-watertonhr@pc.gc.ca prior to the closing date.

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- Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.
- Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.
- Applicants can verify the status of their applications, at any time.
- Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.
- For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.

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Students will be required to cover all travel expenses to and from the location of work.

Living accommodations may or may not be provided. Students must be able to find their own accommodations.

Hours of work: 37.5 per week


Parks Canada is hiring students to conduct field and office work for Ecological Integrity Monitoring (EIM) and Species At Risk (SAR) inventories. Potential projects include amphibian, bird, fish, vegetation, visitor use, and wildlife surveys, as well as remote camera servicing. All candidates must be highly motivated, be physically fit, have strong wilderness travel skills and be able to conduct field work in inclement weather.

Ecological Monitoring Technicians support the park’s long term ecological integrity monitoring program by conducting field surveys and recording data following established protocols for a suite of measures (e.g. amphibian presence, songbird diversity, species at risk distribution and abundance).

The job also includes servicing remote wildlife cameras, trail counters, image classification, data entry and preparation of summary reports. The work requires sound knowledge and application of scientific principles/procedures and specialized skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of natural resource data. While the general scope of the work is provided by the supervisor, this position requires personal initiative and a certain level of judgment in dealing with changing field conditions and scheduling activities.

Technicians will be expected to travel and work outdoors in mountainous terrain in a variety of weather conditions. Hours of work on any day vary depending on the monitoring project. One position may be dedicated to working on a Visitor Use Monitoring Plan for the park.

Work environment

Be part of an inspiring team! Parks Canada is a world leader in natural and cultural conservation, Canada's largest provider of natural and historic visitor facilities and manager of destinations that form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
Have you ever thought of establishing a career in one of Canada's most amazing and iconic places? Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas offer opportunities to work in unique locations and live the ultimate Canadian experience.
Want to be part of ensuring a great legacy for Canada and Canadians? Parks Canada is embarking on an unprecedented program of restoration work to heritage, visitor, water and highway assets located within our special places across Canada.
If you are interested in this opportunity, why not consider a career for the Parks Canada Agency? We offer:
• Rewarding work in every corner of the country;
• Learning opportunities that promote individual and organizational excellence;
• An opportunity to experience our rich natural and cultural heritage first-hand;
• Employment with dedicated colleagues in a well-respected federal organization:
An opportunity to connect with Canadians at their most valued natural and cultural treasures.

Intent of the process

The results of this process will be used to fill student positions in 2023 and may be used in the future to fill other temporary student vacancies that may arise in various locations, with full or part-time hours for various tenures, depending on the status of the selected candidate.

Positions to be filled: 4

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Open to students currently enrolled in secondary or post-secondary school in an accredited institution and/or those participating in adult education and retraining programs at the secondary level, operated under the authority of an accredited academic institution.

Degree equivalency

• Working or recreating outdoors
• Conducting field work
• Using scientific equipment
• Working with ecological monitoring programs and projects

• General knowledge of the ecology of Waterton Lakes National Park.

• Attention to detail: ability to work in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner
• Ability to follow procedures and protocols
• Ability to collect, manage, and report on data in appropriate formats
• Ability to work in a team.

• Exercises sound judgment
• Takes responsibility
• Demonstrates integrity
• Strives for excellence

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

AE1 – Experience in applied field work (academic, professional, or volunteer) for a period of 2-4 months.

• Be capable of performing work requiring moderate to heavy physical effort;
• Have their own transportation to and from the workplace;
• Wear a uniform as per the Parks Canada Uniform Policy
• Be willing to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and statutory / provincial holidays.
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

• Security Screening: Obtain and maintain Reliability Status;
• Possession and maintenance of a valid Class 5 Driver’s License

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

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.
Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.
The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.
In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.
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.
Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

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

Contact information

Jennifer Carpenter – Ecologist Team Lead
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