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Student Interpreter

Reference number: CAP23J-013943-000189
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-CB-EA-SU-0100
Parks Canada - Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada
Cheticamp (Nova Scotia), Ingonish Beach (Nova Scotia)
Student Job Opportunity. From May to September
$16.84 to $25.52 per hour (based on the current academic level of the student)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency!

Closing date: 31 May 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All 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.

Individuals are eligible for student employment with Parks Canada under the following circumstances:
• 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; and
• should meet the minimum age requirement to be employed in the province or territory of work.

We will be pulling a first round of candidates for the 2024 operational season on January 8, 2024. Should there be vacancies later in the operational season, we will continue to pull from the list.

Important messages

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.

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants only by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including issuing screening results, and sending invitations for interviews).


As a member of Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s interpretation team, you will deliver programs and guided hikes to visitors about the park’s natural features, cultural heritage, and significance within the national parks system. Other duties include: assisting with special events; school field trips; computer work using various software; use of audio-visual equipment.

Intent of the process

From the work locations currently listed on the poster, please clearly identify in your application the work location(s) in which you are prepared to work.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

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."

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Various language requirements
Various language requirements: English Essential; Bilingual Imperative: oral interaction

Information on language requirements

Effective interpersonal communication and public presentation skills.

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

Experience in working as part of a diverse team.

Experience or knowledge in interpretation techniques (such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs or guided walks), performing arts, natural history, biology, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history.

Experience in delivering messages/information to groups in face-to-face situations with the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation.

Knowledge of natural history and special features of Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Proficiency in English and French, or English and Mi’kmaq.

• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform when required.
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, and various isolated/remote locations.
• Willingness to work varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
• Willingness to stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods (up to 15km + in a single day) and meet the physical demands of the job.
• Willingness to guide hikes in the evening and after dark.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Obtain and maintain Reliability Status.

Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license or personal mobility to the extent normally associated with the possession of a valid driver’s license.

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 cover letter.

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

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 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 Shivash Samaroo, Human Resources Manager, at Shivash.Samaroo@pc.gc.ca, 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.

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

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants MUST check their e-mail accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will have to consider that you are no longer interested in participating in the selection process and that you have withdrawn your candidacy should you not provide us with an up-to-date email address or respond to our communications. If you need to communicate with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number in the subject field of your email.

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

Human Resources – CBFU Kersti Tacreiter
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