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Interpretation Assistant (Student)

Reference number: CAP23J-097595-000021
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-CBC-GI-EA-370
Parks Canada - Coastal BC Field Unit - Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Sidney (British Columbia)
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week, 12-14 weeks, from mid-May to end of August 2024
$20.80 to $25.52 per hour

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 2 January 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: • Applicants must be registered in a recognized university, college or CEGEP education program;
• Applicants must be a Canadian Citizen or have the legal documentation to work in Canada;
• Successful candidates must hold and maintain a valid class 5 driver’s license.

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

📌 If at any point you are struggling with your application or have questions about what we are asking for, please reach out to the contact listed at the bottom of this poster. Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.

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

📌 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.

📌 Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values. Diverse teams bring different perspectives and creative ideas that benefit our clients, the communities we serve and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from individuals with diverse abilities and from all backgrounds and identities.


⭐️ As part of the Visitor Experience team, you will deliver meaningful, captivating, and enjoyable interpretive presentations, programs and activities that provide visitors with opportunities to develop meaningful connections to the natural and cultural landscapes of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.

📋 Your duties will include:
• Delivery of different styles of interpretation programming (e.g., scheduled programs, demonstrations, roving, tabletop, guided walks etc.).
• Representing Gulf Islands National Park Reserve at partner venues such as the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and at outreach events in the community.
• Organization of and/or assistance with special events, programs and products.
• Responding to public questions, comments and concerns.
• Working collaboratively as a team member in a number of different scenarios (e.g., with fellow staff, volunteers, partner organizations).

You may be required to:
• Promote, document and/or evaluate special events, programs and products.
• Create engaging social media content (e.g., Facebook, X – formerly known as Twitter).

Work environment

✨ At Parks Canada, presenting, educating and sharing the stories of national parks and historic sites to the public is a key part of what we do. Are you creative and energetic? Motivated? A strong communicator? Do you enjoy nature, culture and history? A summer job with Parks Canada’s visitor experience team might be a fit for you!

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) is seeking highly motivated team-players with excellent communication skills to join our dynamic team to present, educate and promote Parks Canada places and programs.

In a typical week as a member of the Interpretation team, you may find yourself on most days at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea creatively engaging with visitors about the amazing ecosystems found within GINPR; on a weekend you may find yourself preparing in the office then heading out onto a boat to deliver an entertaining and educational interpretive program at beautiful Sidney Island; or you may attend outreach events in the Gulf Islands community, such as markets or fairs. Every day is an adventure with Gulf Islands National Park Reserve!

Intent of the process

📣 The intent of this anticipatory process is to hire students for the summer 2024 (approximately 12 to 14 weeks between May and August, 2024). We will only contact students who demonstrate clearly in the screening follow up questions that they possess the education and experience required for this opportunity.

The results may be used in the future to fill other temporary student vacancies that may arise in Coastal BC Field Unit, in various locations, with full or part-time hours for various tenures, depending on status of the selected candidate.

Successful candidates must commit to the entire work term .

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

• Applicants must be registered in a recognized university, college or CEGEP education program.

Degree equivalency

• Experience in customer service or customer relations and/or interacting with the public.
• Experience creating and delivering presentations and/or public speaking to a variety of audiences such as theatre, performing arts, story-telling, walking tours or public education.
• Experience in interpretation or presentations in nature or park settings.

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

English essential
or Bilingual (English and French)

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of communication techniques used in interpretation (e.g., storytelling, demonstration theatre, music, guided walks).
• Knowledge of natural sciences, local flora and fauna, particularly species at risk and those found in Garry oak, coastal sand and intertidal/ocean ecosystems.

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a team to meet goals and expectations.
• Ability to adapt to a variety of situations and changing work locations.
• Ability to interact with and present to a wide variety of audiences.
• Organizational skills.

• Personally connects with people.
• Exercises sound judgment.
• Dependable.
• Has a desire to learn.

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

• Experience with and/or knowledge of traditions, culture and practices of Indigenous peoples in the local area.
• Experience communicating in French, Indigenous languages, or languages other than French.
• Experience writing articles, stories, and/or social media campaigns, e.g., for Facebook, Instagram and/or X (formerly known as Twitter).

Conditions of employment

• Willingness to use safe work practices and required personal protective clothing (training and terms of use provided).
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform, and occasionally, a mascot costume.
• Willingness to work outdoors and stand/walk for extended periods of time (sometimes in adverse weather conditions).
• Willingness to work shift-work, weekends, evening, overtime and statutory holidays.
• Willingness to set-up, take-down and move equipment (including large and heavy equipment, tables and tents, weighing approximately 22.7 kg / 50 lbs).

• Proof of enrolment in a post-secondary institution (done at time of hiring).
• Obtain and maintain Reliability Status security clearance (done at time of hiring).

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

📌 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 application.

📌 Parks Canada 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. Parks Canada 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.

📌Each person is entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

📌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.

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

Contact information

Human Resources, Coastal B.C. Field Unit
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