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Program Manager, Underwater Archaeology

Reference number: CAP22J-025788-000011
Selection process number: 2021-12-CAP-EA-0725
Parks Canada Agency - Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate, Archaeology and History Branch
Various locations
$100,531 to $114,948 (Salary under revision)

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Closing date: 3 May 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons 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.

Indeterminate employees at the same group and level or equivalent may be considered for deployment. If no deployment is made, applicants from other groups and levels will be considered in the advertised appointment process.

Possibility of remote work, with approval of the Delegated Manager.

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On November 8th, 2021, the Parks Canada Agency announced the details of its vaccination requirement for all employees.

As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for Parks Canada Agency, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate, determinate (term), casual, as and when required, and student hiring (full-time, part-time and seasonal). Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to ensure terms and conditions of employment are met, the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete a vaccination attestation form.


Looking for a challenge? Parks Canada is seeking a strong leader to direct and manage the agency’s team of underwater archaeologists and to set the research agenda for the future. You have a passion for history, culture and heritage and can help shape an archaeological program that will contribute to building Canada’s knowledge about underwater cultural heritage from coast to coast to coast. Parks Canada is the proud steward of 48 national parks (including 1 national urban park), 4 national marine conservation areas and 174 national historic sites, including 9 historic canals. The underwater archaeological resources associated with these national treasures and the stories they represent is the focus of the team’s work.

Work environment

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic (profiles OR requirements) in same or other parts of the country.

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: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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


ED: A graduate degree from a recognized university with an accepted specialization in a field relevant to the position. Appropriate fields include anthropology, underwater or maritime archaeology and archaeology.

*Degree: A Masters or higher level degree, as established by educational authorities.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Experience in conducting research studies in underwater archaeology in Canada, including in applied field work.
EX2: Experience as a certified scuba diver in underwater archaeological contexts.
EX3: Experience developing and maintaining cross-functional internal and external relationships with partners* and stakeholders** including with indigenous communities and international organizations.
EX4: Experience providing strategic advice to senior management (PM-06 and above), including strategic communications development.
EX5: Significant experience*** in planning, developing and implementing large projects and/or programs related to cultural heritage.
EX6: Experience managing human and financial resources.

*Partner refers to an organization with whom you are in a working relationship. This working relationship is based on mutual benefit and a clear agreement that sets out shared goals and objectives and the terms of the arrangement. Partners can be from the not-for-profit sector (such as NGOs, academia, cooperative associations etc.), other governmental organizations (OGD) and the for-profit sector.

**Stakeholder refers to individuals or groups representing all sectors of Canadian society that have an interest in, or influence upon your actions and directions. Stakeholders self-select their level of involvement. Stakeholders may have a geographic sphere of influence or they may have a virtual constituency, with no actual geographic locations.

*** Significant experience refers to experience that was a core part of the candidate’s employment normally acquired over 3 years. 


K1: Knowledge of Parks Canada and its Strategic Objectives.
K2: Knowledge of issues and trends in the management and protection of underwater cultural heritage.
K3: Knowledge of internal and external dive directives and procedures and other safe work practices related to the implementation of an underwater archaeology program.


A1: Ability to plan, prioritize and implement programs involving cross-functional teams, contractors and multiple stakeholders or partners with a broad range of interests.
A2: Ability to work under pressure and manage shifting priorities in complex environments.
A3: Ability to strategically analyze and manage issues and initiatives and provide timely and strategic advice to senior management.
A4: Ability to work collaboratively, and to establish and maintain effective working relations with a wide variety of colleagues within and outside the Parks Canada Agency.
A5: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


PS1: Create Vision and Strategy.
PS2: Promote Innovation and Guide Change.
PS3: Achieve Results.
PS4: Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders.
PS5: Mobilize People.
PS6: Uphold Integrity and Respect.

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


OR1: Willingness to travel, and to travel to remote locations including harsh environments,
OR2: Willingness to wear the Parks Canada Uniform, as required
OR3: Willingness to work in inclement weather
OR4: Willingness to operate a vehicle
OR5: Willingness to handle and carry equipment
OR6: Willingness to work irregular hours and additional hours, when conducting fieldwork

Due to stressful conditions and challenging work environments, any scientific diving done in this position will require a high degree of physical fitness, concentration and coordination, as well as a medical evaluation.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Valid Driver's License.

All Parks Canada Agency employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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.

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.

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.

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

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

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.

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

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