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Lock/Bridge Operator I - Rideau Canal - Anticipatory Inventory

Reference number: CAP22J-014492-000136
Selection process number: 23-CAP-OWW-RC-EA-TERM-008
Parks Canada - Ontario Waterways Unit - Rideau Canal
Various Lock Stations from Kingston to Ottawa (Ontario)
GL-MOC-05
$25.42 to $27.64 per hour (salary under review)

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Closing date: 8 September 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All individuals 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.

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

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 is an anticipatory process. With the goal of building a qualified pool of candidate to draw from as vacancies arise, in order to maintain the operation of the canal. Initial assessments for the position will begin late January and run through March for appointments beginning in May. We will continue to access the inventory as required to maintain a pool of candidates to ensure operational requirements. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early to be part of the initial assessments.

Applicants who apply must be available to work between mid May and mid October.

Duties

If you have ever wanted to work for Parks Canada on the Rideau Canal (RC) now is your chance!

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals for our dynamic team, who enjoy working in the outdoors to join us as front line ambassadors of Parks Canada. You will help to operate and maintain the Locks, Bridges and Dams across the historic Rideau Canal. You will also assist with providing customer service to all the visitors who come to our sites both by boat and by land. You will help them make a real and lasting connection to these special places under Parks Canada’s care.

The position will include duties such as:
- Operating the lock/bridge and completing dam adjustments;
- Customer Service (You will answer public inquiries about everything from the history of the canal to where the nearest grocery store is);
- Cleaning of the public washrooms;
- Maintaining the station grounds (including but not limited to):
o Mowing the lawn
o Garbage removal
o Completing minor maintenance & general upkeep of the station building, such as painting;
- Completing administrative duties (including but not limited to):
o Selling passes
o Handling cash
o Completing sales reports
o Filling out timesheets, work requests etc.;

You will perform these duties mostly outdoors, in various weather conditions for up to 10 hours a day, six to seven days a week (at one or more locations on the canal). The nature of the position can be physically demanding as many of our lock stations, dams and bridges are operated manually.

The navigation season runs from mid-May to mid-October every year. You are required to work, six or seven days a week, including weekends and statutory holidays.

The season is split into three (3) main timeframes, as follows:

· Spring Shoulder Season- mid-May until mid-June: up to 7 days a week working
· Long Hours Core Season- mid-June until Labour day: up to 6 days a week working
· Fall Shoulder Season- Labour day until mid-October: up to 7 days a week working

Successful candidates in this competition will be required to work 6-7 days a week, full time from May to October. All MOC-05 positions work more than 40 hours a week.

Work environment

Ontario's historic canals are defining features of Canada, governed by Parks Canada who protects and presents these special places to all who visit them.

As a part of Parks Canada, the Ontario Waterways Unit is responsible for both the Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Sites.

As a team member you will work at one (or more) lockstation(s)/bridge sites where you and your co-workers will be responsible for looking after all aspects of its operations and maintenance. You will work as a team to present these historic sites beauty and unique sense of history to all those who visit.

Working conditions include performing physically and mentally demanding tasks, and working outdoors in various weather conditions. Rain or shine our stations are open to visitors during the navigation season. Our team members will work up to 10 hours a day, six to seven days a week throughout the navigation season, which runs from May to October.

From the heart of Canada’s capital, the historic Rideau Canal waterway winds south from Ottawa through towns, farms and woodlands for 202 kilometres (126 miles) towards Kingston on Lake Ontario. Constructed after the War of 1812 on fears of an American expansion across the St. Lawrence River, the Rideau Canal served as an alternative shipping route between Montréal and Kingston.

The working canal, with its 19th century locks and structures, links rivers and lakes with man-made channels - an ideal landscape for outdoor activities and glimpses of Old Ontario.

Intent of the process

This is an anticipatory process. With the goal of building a qualified pool of candidate to draw from as vacancies arise, in order to maintain the operation of the canal. Initial assessments for the position will begin late January and run through March for appointments beginning in May. We will continue to access the inventory as required to maintain a pool of candidates to ensure operational requirements. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early to be part of the initial assessments.

The majority of the positions for the 2023 season will be term (temporary), with the opportunity for the list to be retained for permanent seasonal positions at a later date.

This process is intended to fill anticipated vacancies with the same work description, at various locations.

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.

In recognition of the Government of Canada support for youth facing barriers to employment through the Youth Employment and Skill Strategy (YESS), preference may be give to Employment Equity applicants who self-identify as Indigenous youth, visible minority youth, or youth with a disability. We encourage any youth facing barriers to employment to self-identify, including rural youth, persons who self-identify as LGBTQ2+, and those who are not in education, training or currently working.

To be eligible to the YESS, you must be:

-Between 15 and 30 years old
-Canadian citizen, permanent resident or legally entitled to work in Canada
-In addition, preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as, Indigenous, visible minorities or persons with disabilities, as well as youth facing barriers to employment. As such, we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

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)

EDUCATION:
Successful completion of secondary school or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE:
EX01: Experience providing customer service;
EX02: Experience in minor maintenance and repair of buildings, grounds, and equipment;
EX03: Experience working in a team environment.

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

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
EXPERIENCE:
AQ1: Experience in the performance of general administrative duties, such as maintaining records and tracking business transactions;
AQ2: Experience in the role of Lock Operator and/or Lock Operating Assistant or within operations at Parks Canada Historic Canals;

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

KNOWLEDGE:
K01: Knowledge of the Parks Canada Agency and the historic canals/waterways and the services they provide to the public;
K02: Knowledge of safety practices and procedures;
K03: Knowledge of grounds, building, and equipment maintenance practices and procedures.

ABILITIES:
AB01: Ability to use technology.

PERSONAL SUITABILITY:
PS01: Personally connects with people;
PS02: Exercises sound judgement;
PS03: Demonstrates integrity;
PS04: Communicates effectively.

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

ASSET ABILITIES:
AAB01: Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS

Parks Canada is committed to having a workforce which is skilled and diversified and representative of the population we serve. In support of our strategy to achieve employment equity goals, selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Youth Employment and Skill Strategy (YESS):

• Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values at Parks Canada. We welcome applications from individuals with diverse abilities and from all backgrounds and identities, including members belonging to one or more of the following Employment Equity groups: Indigenous Peoples, Racialized Communities, Persons with Disabilities, and equity-deserving groups such as LGBTQ2+.
• We encourage you to indicate if you are a member of a designated employment equity group when you apply. Selection may be limited to members of employment equity groups (Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, visible minorities, women).

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Obtain and maintain Reliability Status security clearance;
• Possession of a valid Ontario Class “G” or "G2" driver's license, or a provincial/territorial equivalent;
• This position is designated as safety sensitive and the incumbent will be required to comply with the Agency’s zero tolerance policy and report fit for duty;


OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and Personal Protective Equipment, when required;
• Willing and able to do work that involves strenuous physical labour;
• Willingness to be mobile as reporting work site may vary;
• Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions;
• Willing and able to obtain and maintain a valid Standard First Aid certification.
• Willingness to do work that involves working weekends and holidays, up to seven days a week, up to ten hours per day, on a varying schedule, including stand-by and call back.

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, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.

Candidates must meet all the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to begiven further consideration in the assessment process.

Management may choose to invoke an additional qualification at any point of the process.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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, Ontario Waterways Unit
rhcr-rchr@pc.gc.ca
Date modified:
2024-05-09