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Whitebark and Limber Pine Monitoring Student

Reference number: CAP22J-018333-000134
Selection process number: 2021-PKS-PWL-STU-072
Parks Canada - Waterton Lakes Field Unit - Resource Conservation
Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada (Alberta)
Student employment – Duration: 4 months, late April to late August
$15.00 to $20.19 per hour (under review)

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Closing date: 7 February 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: To be considered for employment under one of the student employment programs, the student must be:
• Registered as a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution (high school, CEGEP, College, University, etc.)
• Currently recognized as having full-time status by the academic institution. **Proof of full-time student status will be required.
• Returning to full-time studies in the next academic term.
• Meet the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job is located as well as the specific age student program requirements

**The proof of full-time enrollment must include the student's official name, name of the educational institution and identify clearly the full-time enrollment status. The following are recognized as proof of full-time enrollment: Proof of registration with or without registrar's seal, proof of tuition, and proof of student status. A list of registered classes is not considered a proof of full-time enrollment. If the proof of full-time status cannot be obtained immediately, students can fill out and submit the Statement of intent to return to full-time studies until proof can be obtained.

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from 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.

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Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.

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.

Students will be required to cover all travel expenses to and from the location of work.

Living accommodations may or may not be provided. Students must be able to find their own accommodations.


The Whitebark and Limber Pine Monitoring Student will support 5-needle pine restoration in the park by surveying whitebark and limber pine stands for Blister Rust infection, identifying potentially resistant trees and monitoring previously identified individuals. Thoroughness and attention to detail are key attributes for this position. The work will be primarily in the field with some data entry. The student will work in a team of two with a Resource Management Technician, at times out of sight of one another. Therefore, good judgement and the ability to work independently are important. The work involves hiking off trail in steep terrain to access sites, requiring good physical fitness and experience traveling in the backcountry. Workdays may be long depending on access to individual sites and applicants must be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions. Students may also occasionally assist the vegetation restoration crew with grassland restoration and non-native plant control projects.

Work environment

Be part of an inspiring team! Parks Canada is a world leader in natural and cultural conservation, Canada's largest provider of natural and historic visitor facilities and manager of destinations that form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.
Have you ever thought of establishing a career in one of Canada's most amazing and iconic places? Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas offer opportunities to work in unique locations and live the ultimate Canadian experience.

Want to be part of ensuring a great legacy for Canada and Canadians? Parks Canada is embarking on an unprecedented program of restoration work to heritage, visitor, water and highway assets located within our special places across Canada.
If you are interested in this opportunity, why not consider a career for the Parks Canada Agency? We offer:
• Rewarding work in every corner of the country;
• Learning opportunities that promote individual and organizational excellence;
• An opportunity to experience our rich natural and cultural heritage first-hand;
• Employment with dedicated colleagues in a well-respected federal organization:
An opportunity to connect with Canadians at their most valued natural and cultural treasures.

Intent of the process

The results of this process will be used to fill one student position in 2022 and may be used in the future to fill other temporary student vacancies that may arise in various locations, with full or part-time hours for various tenures, depending on the status of the selected candidate.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Students who are currently enrolled in full-time secondary or post-secondary studies at an accredited institution and returning to full-time studies in the next academic term. Students will be required to provide proof of enrollment.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working in a team environment
• Experience following scientific field data collection protocols and recording data accurately
• Strong backcountry travel skills including experience hiking long distances with a heavy backpack, often in trail-less and steep mountainous terrain; across unbridged rivers; in inclement weather conditions; and on day and overnight trips
• Experience using computer applications such as spreadsheets and/or databases for data management

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• General knowledge of the ecology of Waterton Lakes National Park.

• Attention to detail: ability to work in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner
• Ability to travel and work in varied terrain and weather conditions
• Ability to follow procedures and protocols
• Ability to collect and record data in appropriate formats
• Ability to work in a team

• Exercises sound judgment
• Takes responsibility
• Demonstrates integrity
• Strives for excellence

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

• Wear a uniform as per the Parks Canada Uniform Policy
• Be willing to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and statutory / provincial holidays
• Be capable of performing work requiring moderate to heavy physical effort
• Work alone as required
• Work in varied terrain, weather conditions and isolated locations

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain a Reliability Status Security Clearance
• Possession and maintenance of a valid Class 5 Driver’s License (Class L, N or other graduated license will not be accepted).
• Possession and maintenance of St. John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent) and CPR Certificate
• Have their own transportation to and from the workplace
• 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.
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.

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

Genoa Alger – Resource Management Officer II
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