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Lock Bridge Operator

Reference number: CAP22J-014846-000145
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-VNQ-RM-OC-203
Parks Canada - Quebec Waterways
Carillon (Québec), Chambly (Québec), Lachine (Québec), Montréal Island (Québec), Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Québec), Saint-Ours (Québec)
The seasonal employment period is from mid-May to mid-October each year. The positions to be filled could be permanent or temporary. Possibility of extension out of season.
$25.42 to $27.64 per hour (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

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Closing date: 22 February 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing within a 75-kilometer radius of Carillon, Chambly, Lachine, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Saint-Ours, QC, who have a legal status to work in Canada.

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

Please apply on-line or send your cover letter/resume to: vnqconcours-qcwwcompetitions@pc.gc.ca
Please specify the name of the canals at which you are interested in working.

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values at Parks Canada. We are committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the population we serve. If you belong 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 apply and fill out the Employment Equity (EE) section in your job application to let us know. As part of this selection process, we may conduct targeted screening of candidates based on one or more of these employment equity groups.


Parks Canada is looking for energetic individuals who enjoy working outdoors and with the public to fill lock operator positions. Your work will focus on: operating locks, bridges and dam controls as required to allow boats to pass through the locks and navigate the canals; maintaining the grounds and lock station facilities, structures, equipment and machinery; providing services to clients and visitors, responding to inquiries and providing information about Parks Canada and its canal/waterway facilities, structures, equipment and machinery.

Work environment

You might be wondering why you would come to work for the Parks Canada Agency? To join a team of passionate people who care about 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.

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.

The Quebec Waterways unit manages five historic canals stretching from Montreal to the St. Lawrence, Richelieu and Outaouais rivers. These canals are situated in three important tourism regions in the province and also have numerous collaborations with important stakeholders and partners.

• Carillon Canal National Historic Site
• Chambly Canal National Historic Site
• Lachine Canal National Historic Site
• Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
• Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

Intent of the process

This anticipatory process will be used to fill temporary positions with the possibility of permanent appointment and to create a list of qualified candidates for possible future use.

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)

High school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training or experience

Degree equivalency

Significant and recent experience in providing customer service
Significant experience working in a team environment
Experience working in the maintenance of buildings, grounds or equipment

* “Recent experience” is defined as having been acquired in the last five (5) years.
** "Significant experience” is defined as the breadth and depth of experience normally associated with full-time performance of duties for a period of approximately one (1) year or more.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (--B/--B)
Various language requirements
French essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of Parks Canada's canal network
Knowledge of safety procedures and regulations to be followed at historic canals


Ability to communicate orally
Ability to communicate in writing
Ability to make decisions and solve operational problems
Ability to interact with visitors

Work effectively with others
Demonstrate initiative and be action-oriented

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

Experience working with computer tools
Experience working on canal locks
Experience working in the field of navigation

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

→Must have a valid driver's license - Class 5
→Availability to work irregular hours (4-12 hours per day) and variable weeks
→Availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays
→Must be available for the duration of the reporting period
→Uniform and personal protective equipment must be worn
→Obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card within one month of hire at the employee's expense
→Work in an environment that is sometimes noisy and busy due to visitors, boaters and users, and in sometimes difficult weather conditions
→Willingness and ability to perform demanding and sustained physical work
→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

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.

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.

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 are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

👀 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


Preference will be given to any veteran who was honourably released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after at least three years of service and is not already an indeterminate public servant. This preference applies for five years following release from the CAF.

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

Contact information

Mélanie Linde - Human Resources
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