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INVENTORY - Student Biological Field Assistant

Reference number: CAP23J-013943-000195
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-CB-EA-SU-0128
Parks Canada
Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada (Nova Scotia)
Temporary employment
$16.99 to $34.59 per hour (based on the current academic level of the student)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency!

Closing date: 25 July 2025 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All eligible 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.

To be eligible, you must be:
• registered as a full time or part-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited academic program; or
• participating in adult education and retraining programs at the secondary level, operated under the authority of an accredited academic institution, and
• meet the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job is located as well as to any specific age student program requirements.

If you are a co-op student, please indicate during which academic terms you would be available for work placements.

Important messages

The Public Service of Canada is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection and appointment processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to this process, please advise the Parks Canada representative in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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.

Housing may be provided.


The successful candidate will assist the Resource Conservation team in monitoring the health of the park ecosystem, assessing the status of species-at-risk, and completing restoration programs. This work involves visiting less-traveled areas of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, both on land and in water. This opportunity offers a chance to get to know this beautiful and unique area while developing hands-on skills.

Assist park staff in:
• Forest, aquatic and vegetation surveys in remote sites;
• Measuring and recording biological data, including handling live specimens;
• Entering data into computer databases;
• Maintaining, cleaning and repairing field equipment;
• Control of invasive species;
• Other related tasks.

Intent of the process


Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

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. Résumés will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information."

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Minimum of 1 year of post-secondary studies in a natural science or natural resource management programs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Degree equivalency

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Basic knowledge of flora and fauna specific to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Basic knowledge of computers and data management.

Ability to measure and record biological data.

Strives for excellence.

Exercises sound judgement.

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

Experience with large mammals, such as bears, coyotes, moose, and similar wildlife, or with human-wildlife coexistence activities.

Knowledge of wilderness and/or remote travel.

Ability to use a handheld GPS device and/or use GIS programs (ArcGIS, QGIS).

Interest in two-eyed seeing, Indigenous co-management, and/or conservation in an Indigenous context.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Maintenance of a valid class 5 Nova Scotia Driver’s License, or other provincial equivalency.

Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment.

Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.

Work may involve handling dead specimens and use of standard zoological preservatives.
Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required.

Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks.

Other information

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 cover letter.

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 have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact Ruth McLagan, Human Resources Advisor, at Ruth.McLagan@pc.gc.ca, if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

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.

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

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants MUST check their e- mail accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will have to consider that you are no longer interested in participating in the selection process and that you have withdrawn your candidacy should you not provide us with an up-to-date email address or respond to our communications. If you need to communicate with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number in the subject field of your email.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

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

Human Resources – CBFU
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