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Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator

Reference number: CAP20J-020715-000027
Selection process number: 20_10_TDN_T/Asg_RM_OC_32
Parks Canada - Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve
Lutsel K'e (Northwest Territories)
Five Year Term
$67,449 to $72,885 (Under review; plus applicable Isolated Post Allowances)

Closing date: 8 November 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from all individuals 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.

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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.

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The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator will be one of the first Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve positions staffed. The Establishment Agreements with our Indigenous partners (Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Deninu K’ue First Nation, Yellowknives Dene First Nation) include commitments relating to communication, training, mentoring, job shadowing and development. The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator will lead these commitments, build relationships, and take on other projects and tasks to help get the park up and running.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to: fostering awareness with Indigenous partners of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve job opportunities; organizing career fairs and a yearly youth camp in the National Park Reserve; developing a job shadowing summer orientation program, and coordinating the Park’s mentoring program aimed to provide ongoing support to staff and trainees.

The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator will initiate discussions and on-going dialogue with Indigenous partners, other government departments and training programs to support learning, mentoring, employment and other projects. The Coordinator will need to plan, implement and monitor progress, provide status reports, and adapt as necessary.

The Coordinator will directly supervise at least one staff member and provide mentoring to staff and others as required. The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator will be part of the park’s emergency response team that responds to search and rescue and medical incidents as required.

To succeed in this role, you need to be a leader who personally connects with people, makes things happen, exercises sound judgement, strives for excellence and ensures thoroughness.

Work environment

The boreal forest and Barrenlands converge in a stunning combination of lake, forest, river and plain in Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. The 14,305km2 park includes part of the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, innumerable smaller lakes. The Park Reserve is a culturally rich area. It includes hunting, fishing, gathering and spiritual areas used by Indigenous peoples. For the Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation, Thaidene Nëné is the heart of their homeland and a sacred place. Thaidene Nëné means ‘Land of the Ancestors’ in Dënesųłiné Yati. The Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Deninu K’ue First Nation and Yellowknives Dene First Nation also have traditional and cultural ties to the area. Parks Canada works with these four Indigenous partners to manage Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve.

Parks Canada, along with its Indigenous partners are just starting to build operations for this park. The park office is located in Łutsël K’é, Northwest Territories. For the next few years, Parks Canada will have a small number of staff working from a temporary office, shared with Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation. A new multi-purpose office building and visitor centre are being, which will include Parks Canada’s permanent office in the community. With the completion of the new building and better knowledge of what is needed for operations, the Parks Canada staff will start expanding to full capacity.
Łutsël K’é is the nearest community to Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. It is a small community of about 300 people. Łutsël K’é has an airport, K-12 school, store and hotel, community hall and arena. The community owned and operated Frontier Lodge is nearby. This scenic, Denesǫłine community is accessible only by air, boat or snowmobile. The community is a 45-minute flight from Yellowknife. Scheduled flights go between Łutsël K'é and Yellowknife at least once per day, every day of the week.

Łutsël K’é is approximately a 15-minute boat ride to the park boundary. It is an ideal spot to launch sightseeing, fishing, and paddling trips in Christie and McLeod Bays and over Pike's Portage into the muskox and caribou-rich Barrenlands. The Łutsël K’é Denesǫłine maintain a rich, land-based culture tied to Thaidene Nëné. There are local guides and outfitters that are happy to showcase the wonders of Thaidene Nëné and their Indigenous way of life to visitors.

Further west on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, is Fort Resolution. This community is home to Deninu Kue First Nation and the Fort Resolution Métis Council of the Northwest Territories Métis Nation.

Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve is a fly-in / boat-in park. Staff must be comfortable flying in small aircraft (float planes and helicopters) and experience operating boats is a huge asset. The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator position is primarily office based. The Coordinator will work in Łutsël K’é. The Coordinator will spend some time in the National Park Reserve and travel for meetings in Yellowknife and other locations, such as partner communities, as required. The Learning, Employment and Engagement Coordinator will be part of the park’s emergency response team that responds to search and rescue and medical incidents as required.

Intent of the process

The results of this process may be used to create a list of potential candidates to fill permanent or temporary vacancies that may arise at the PM04 group and level in the Southwest NWT Field Unit, for various tenures, such as: Indeterminate, Term, Acting Assignment or Assignment at level.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,500 words (maximum) "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."

Contact information for 3 references.

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

• Graduation with a degree or diploma from a recognized university or college in a field relevant to the duties of this position such as Human Resources Management, Leadership, Tourism, Parks, Geography, Indigenous Studies or an acceptable combination of education, training, experience and/or traditional knowledge.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working collaboratively with partners
• Significant and successful experience in supervision and/or mentoring
• Experience managing projects
• Experience developing communication and/or outreach products
• Significant experience planning and delivering programs and/or events

*Significant means two or more years

Preference may be given to candidates who also have:
• Experience in the delivery and management of plans and programs
• Experience developing tools to support employee mentoring and development
• Experience providing strategic advice to management and staff
• Experience providing youth training and/or professional development guidance
• Experience working in the north and/or in a remote northern community
• Wilderness First Aid certification (40hr) or Wilderness First Responder (80 hr)
• Experience working with Parks Canada
• Three or more years of experience supervising staff
• Experience working with Indigenous communities
• Experience working with Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation, Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Deninu K’ue First Nation, Yellowknives Dene First Nation communities or organizations
• Experience operating vessels in a marine environment.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve

Preference may be given to candidates who also have:
• Knowledge of the Great Slave Lake region and its communities
• Knowledge of one or more of the following:
o Łutsël K’é Denesǫłine culture and familiarity with Denesǫłine Yati;
o Indigenous Métis culture, language and way of life;
o Deninu K’ue Dëne Dédliné culture and familiarity with Dëne Dédliné Yati;
o Yellowknives Dene and Tetsǫ́t’ıné culture and familiarity with Tetsǫ́t’ıné Yati.

• Ability to collaborate and work with others;
• Ability to successfully mentor others;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences;
• Ability to manage conflicting priorities and to work under time-sensitive conditions;
• Ability to plan and organize the logistics for programs and events;
• Ability to develop and deliver products and services;
• Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite of computer programs, including Excel, Word and Power Point to create reports, log data, and prepare presentations;
• Ability to provide strategic analysis and advice to management and staff; and
• Ability to competently travel on and be out on the land.

Preference may be given to candidates who also have:
• Ability to successfully negotiate partnering arrangements

Personal Suitability:
• Connects with others
• Makes things happen
• Exercises sound judgement,
• Strives for excellence
• Ensures thoroughness

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - • Obtain and maintain a Reliability level security clearance;
• Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence;
• Required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks (a pre-employment medical examination of an individual and his/her dependants is required);

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform;
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required;
• Willingness to work shift and stand-by work;
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation;
• Willingness to obtain Wilderness First Aid (40 hour) and CPR certificate;
• Willingness to obtain pleasure craft operator certificate; and
• Willingness to obtain Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL).

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

The successful candidate must be willing to work shift work. This includes work on holidays, evenings and weekends. Shifts may include day and multi-day trips into Thaidene Nene National Park Reserve. There are minimal park facilities and infrastructure, the majority of field work will involve tent based camping. The candidate must also be willing to be on stand-by as required.

Parks Canada is working with the Łutsël K'é Dene First Nation to provide rental housing to Parks Canada team members. A Parks Canada position in Łutsël K’é is eligible for an Isolated Post Allowance to adjust for the higher cost of living. Please note, all rates below are subject to change. As of August 2020 the applicable annual rates are:
• Environmental allowance $8,320 (with dependants) / $4,992 (no dependents)
• Living cost differential $17,984 (with dependants) / $10,791 (no dependents)
• Fuel and utilities differential (not applicable if in Parks Canada rental housing with utilities included) $7,375 (with dependants) / $4,425 (no dependants)

Parks Canada also provides a vacation travel allowance (VTA). The VTA provides financial assistance to staff to travel to their nearest southern hub, which for Łutsël K’é is Edmonton. As of March 20, 2020, the VTA supported two trips a year from Łutsël K’é. Adults able to apply for $1,556 per trip and children $1,460. The exact amount may be adjusted twice a year.

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.

Written test(s) may be administered.
Interviews will be conducted.
Reference checks will be conducted.
A simulation/situational exercise/role play may be used for assessment

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 cover letter.

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

The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection and appointment processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to this process, please advise the Parks Canada representative 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.

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.

Persons who have a priority entitlement as defined by the Parks Canada Agency Priority Policy and Guidelines will be considered first.

Persons who have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact Vina Turner, A/Human Resources Manager if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

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

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