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Resource Conservation Student

Reference number: CAP23J-023472-000066
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-NMCA-EA-SU-07
Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area - Parks Canada
Nipigon (Ontario)
SU-01 - Student
Employment dates range from May 2023 to early September 2023.
$16.00 to $25.52 per hour (Salary to be determined at the time of the hire and is based on the current academic level of the student.)

For further information on the organization, please visit Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

Closing date: 5 March 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: To be considered for employment under the student employment program, the student must:
• Be enrolled at a recognized postsecondary institution (College, University, CEGEP, etc.) in a program leading to a diploma/degree in a field related to biological sciences, ecology, environmental sciences, or other fields closely related to natural science.
• Be registered as a full-time post-secondary student in a recognized institution (prior to employment) or have recently graduated (<4 months since graduation). Students hired under a co-op program may be hired during their last semester of school.
• Proof of completed diploma/degree will be required.

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian Citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.

Preference may be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous, visible minorities or persons with disabilities. As such, we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

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

How to Apply:

You can apply to this competition in one of two ways.

1. Online

a. Visit the GC jobs website and search for the following process number: 2023-CAP-NMCA-EA-SU-07.
b. Complete the online application and answer the online screening question.

2. By Email

a. Send in your resume and cover letter to rhugon-nofuhr@pc.gc.ca
b. In your email please indicate you’re applying on process: 2023-CAP-NMCA-EA-SU-07.

Please note that for this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail. Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.


The Resource Conservation Team at Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) is looking for a highly motivated student with a strong interest in environmental science and natural resource management.

Students will conduct fieldwork preparation, equipment inventory and maintenance, data entry, QA/QC, and year-end reporting. The work requires sound knowledge and application of scientific principles/procedures and specialized skills in the collection, analysis and evaluation of natural resource data. While the general scope of the work is provided by the supervisor, this position requires personal initiative and a certain level of judgment in dealing with changing field conditions and scheduling activities. Potential projects include vegetation, bird, fish, and amphibian surveys, as well as remote recorder servicing.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have strong wilderness travel skills, be able to conduct physically demanding field work in wetlands, forest, rugged coastline and aquatic environments, and must be comfortable working on boats or in challenging terrain through a variety of weather conditions.

Work environment

There’s a reason Lake Superior has been referred to as an inland freshwater ocean and you’ll discover that for yourself when you visit this immensely beautiful Great Lake. Work with a team of passionate and dedicated professionals to help create Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, which will be one of the largest protected areas of fresh water in the world, once formally established.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to hire students for the summer 2023.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "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."

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Currently registered as a full-time secondary / post-secondary student in a recognized institution (prior to employment) AND be returning to full-time studies for the next academic term (post-employment).

Degree equivalency

• Working both independently and in team environments;
• Travelling/working outdoors including in inclement weather conditions on day and overnight trips;
• Working safely in and around water;
• Experience in data recording, organization and management.

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

English essential
Various language requirements
English Essential or Bilingual (English & French)

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of ecology, conservation and/or natural resource management;
• General knowledge of the fresh water ecology within the LSNMCA.

• Ability to follow protocols effectively and collect field data related to aquatic and terrestrial resource management;
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing;
• Ability to work independently or with team members to accomplish projects.

• 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)

•• Willingness to wear a uniform as per the Parks Canada Uniform Policy and personal safety equipment;
• Willingness to travel between various work sites and in inclement weather conditions;
• Willingness to work shift work, weekends, holidays, overtime and in various weather conditions;
• Willingness to handle wildlife, including live and deceased fish;
• Willingness to camp in the backcountry overnight.
• Possession of a valid class G1, G2 or G driver’s license is preferred;

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain Reliability Status Clearance;
• Depending on the position, possession of a valid class G1, G2 or G driver’s license;
• Possession or willingness to obtain a valid Wilderness First Aid with CPR or equivalent.

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

An interview will be administered.

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.

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

Contact information

Northern Ontario Field Unit- Human Resources
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