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Interpretation Officer II

Reference number: CAP22J-019430-000151
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-NNBFU-KOU-IS-018
Parks Canada - Northern New Brunswick Field Unit
Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada (New Brunswick)
Seasonal-Indeterminate Full-Time Position approximately 22 weeks per year, usually from May to October of each year.
$61,341 to $66,089 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 1 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing or employed in Bouctouche, NB and within a 200 kilometer radius of Bouctouche, NB, extending to, amongst others, Lepreau, NB, New Mills, NB, Nachawic, NB, Egerton, NS, Granville Ferry, NS, Enfield, NS, Priest Pond, PE, Newport, QC.

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

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. In support of achieving a representative workforce, preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as belonging to an employment equity group such as Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ youth, minority Francophones, and members of racially minoritized groups and encourage applicants to self-identify in their application.

We will only accept on-line applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site.
ALL job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System.

Please DO NOT send applications directly to the rhkouch-hrkouch@pc.gc.ca account.

*** NOTE: When submitting your application to this selection process, you will be required to answer screening questions to demonstrate how you meet the Essential Qualifications (Education and all Essential Experiences).

Your job application must clearly demonstrate that you meet all the screening requirements in order to move on to the next step. Do not forget to specify the period during which you have held each function (month and year), and where you acquired the qualification. The answers to the screening questions will be the main source of information that the assessment board members will be using to determine whether you have the essential qualifications for education and experience. Your resume must corroborate your answers to the screening questions. The lack of information in the form requested may result in the rejection of your application.

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.

This position is located at the Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick.
PLEASE NOTE: HOUSING is not provided.


Plans, adapts, develops and delivers interpretive presentations, programs and activities to provide visitors to Kouchibouguac National Park with opportunities to discover, appreciate, learn about and enjoy the park and its natural and cultural resources and understand its significance to Canada.

Work environment

Kouchibouguac National Park extends over 238-square-kilometers of Maritime Plain Natural Region along New Brunswick’s scenic Acadian Coast. This mosaic of salt marshes, peat bogs, freshwater systems, Acadian woodland and sandy beaches has long captivated guests, one generation to the next.

Hundreds of species of birds, dozens of mammals as well as amphibians, reptiles, rare plants and a wide variety of sea life inhabit this park, and the landscape welcomes exploration via its network of gentle hiking and cycling trails. Offshore, shifting sand dunes harbor the endangered piping plover and a colony of grey seals swims in the sea. Stargazing takes a unique perspective in this coastal Dark Sky Preserve. Kellys Beach is one of the region’s most popular summertime destinations. And in winter, the snowy side of Kouchibouguac invites soft adventure with cross-country trails and cosy warm-up huts.

Intent of the process

This process is intended to fill existing vacancy (ies) and may be used to fill anticipated vacancy (ies) with the same work description and various tenures (Indeterminate, Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Secondment, Seasonal) within the Northern New Brunswick Field Unit.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "in 3,000 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. You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected."

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


A minimum of 2 years post-secondary education or acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position.

Note: Acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position:

A secondary school diploma or PSC approved alternatives; AND
- Successful completion of a minimum of three (3) courses relevant to the duties of the position (e.g. courses taken through continuing education facilities, colleges, universities, professional or governmental organizations or employers including training provided by Indigenous elders or group that may include but are not limited to courses in heritage interpretation, outdoor recreation, event management, event coordination, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND
- A minimum of 12 months experience working in the fields of science, biology, ecology, geography, climate change, education, interpretation, recreation or communications.

Degree equivalency


- Experience in the development and delivery of interpretive programs to a wide range of audiences using a variety of presentation techniques;
- Experience in theater/performing arts;
- Experience in education on the topics of science and/or culture.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (CCC/CCC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills


- Knowledge of the role of interpretation relevant to delivering Parks Canada's mandate;
- Knowledge of interpretive theory and techniques such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs or guided walks.


- Teamwork - Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals;
- Adaptability - Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups;
- Initiative - Dealing with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise;
- Communication through Interpretation - Listening to others and communicating articulately to inform, influence and involve.


- Make things happen;
- Sound judgment;
- Personally connects with others.

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


- Follow a first aid/CPR training if not pre-employment certified;
- Wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy, dress in costume as per Parks Canada requirements and prescribed protective equipment;
- Work and/or travel in varied terrain and weather conditions by various modes of travel;
- Work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays;
- Stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods. The work requires physical effort to stand or walk for long periods when greeting visitors and providing programming delivery and/or interpretive services, with greater physical effort required during certain presentation activities.
- Perform certain physical tasks as per job requirements. The work involves exposure to weather conditions when delivering programs and/or presentations, moving between facilities, and working outdoors. During activities, the work may involve physical requirements such as lifting equipment and/or boxes during activity setup or dismantle.

Conditions of employment

- Obtain and maintain a Reliability Status security clearance;
- Possession of a valid class 5 driver's license;
- 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

1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) Persons who have a priority entitlement as defined by the Parks Canada Agency
Priority Policy and Guidelines will be considered first.
6) 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 rhkouch-hrkouch@pc.gc.ca if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.
7) 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.
8) Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
9) Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.
10) We will only accept on-line applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site. All job
applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing
System. Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line.
- 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.
To submit an application on-line, please select the button "Apply Online" below.
11) Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.
12) An assignment or an acting appointment is a temporary resourcing option. The
approval of your substantive manager will be required before an offer can be made.

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

Contact information

Human Resources Kouchibouguac
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