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Historian III

Reference number: CAP22J-025788-000012
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-IACH-EA-0239
Parks Canada Agency - Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate, Archaeology and History Branch
Various locations
Indeterminate, Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Term
$81,666 to $90,400 (Salary under revision)

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada Agency

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Closing date: 25 April 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 or Interchange Canada agreement. If no deployment or Interchange Canada agreement 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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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

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.


Would you like to be a historian or architectural historian on Parks Canada’s team of cultural heritage professionals and contribute to cultural resource management, heritage conservation, and public history in Canada?

Depending on where you are based in the country you may work with National Historic Sites, National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and/or provide the historical research to support the implementation of federal heritage programs such as the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office and the National Program of Historical Commemoration.

You will undertake a wide range of activities including:
• historical and architectural research and analysis;
• exhibit development;
• guide training;
• research reports for historical designations and commemorative plaque texts;
• archival research;
• oral history projects;
• cultural landscape analysis;
• digital content and communications products;
• advice to senior managers on historical issues.

Working with a dynamic team of cultural heritage professionals, you will help shape the presentation of history at Parks Canada places and through heritage designations, engage with different communities and audiences, have opportunities to travel, and contribute to advancing reconciliation.

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.

Please clearly identify in your application the work location(s) in which you are prepared to work.

Clearly identify in your application the position(s) or stream(s) for which you are applying.

Stream 1: Historian in Canadian History
Stream 2: Historian of Architectural History in Canada

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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


All Streams

ED: Graduation with a Master’s degree or Doctorate from a recognized university with a specialization in Canadian History or History of Architecture, or other field relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

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

Various language requirements
English or French Essential, Bilingual imperative, BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC or CCC/CCC

Information on language requirements


Stream 1

EX1: Recent experience in conducting research and analysis in Canadian history;

Stream 2

EX2: Recent experience in conducting research and analysis in the history of architecture in Canada;

All Streams

EX3: Experience with historical issues related to the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, 17th-20th centuries.
EX4: Recent experience that demonstrates knowledge of methodologies and sources for historical research.
EX5: Recent experience in presenting the results of historical research to a variety of scholarly and non-scholarly audiences.

***Recent experience is defined as within the last five years.


Stream 1

K1: Knowledge of Canadian history and expertise in several subject areas in the history of Canada, including regional histories and their historiographies;
K2: Knowledge of current historical interpretations and historiography of Canadian history;

Stream 2

K3: Knowledge of Canadian architectural history and expertise in specific periods or typologies and their historiographies;
K4: Knowledge of current historical interpretations and historiography of Canadian architectural history and heritage conservation in Canada;

All Streams

K5: Knowledge of the sources and methods for historical research in Canada that are relevant to Parks Canada’s heritage places;
K6: Knowledge of public history in Canada and the Framework for History and Commemoration;
K7: Knowledge of Parks Canada’s mandate and cultural resource management policy.


All Streams

A1: Ability to plan and deliver a variety of historical research projects;
A2: Ability to work independently;
A3: Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
A4: Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing;
A5: Ability to collaborate with stakeholders, communities;

Stream 2

A6: Ability to analyze buildings and landscapes.


All Streams

PS1: Demonstrates integrity.
PS2: Works effectively with people.
PS3: Thinks things through.
PS4: Shows initiative.
PS5: Makes things happen.
PS6: Exercises sound judgement.

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


All Streams

AEX1: Recent experience working on innovative history or architectural history projects related to diverse histories, environmental history, history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and Canadian history in relation to world history.
AEX2: Recent experience in leading oral history projects.
AEX3: Recent experience in working with Indigenous communities.
AEX4: Recent in supervising volunteers, students, or employees.
AEX5: Recent experience working in heritage conservation.

***Recent experience is defined as within the last five years.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

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

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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