Student Employment – Learn-to Camp
Selection process number: 2021-12-CAP-OC-0721
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Parks Canada is looking for students for jobs this year! The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) is a Federal Government jobs initiative targeted at young Canadians aged 15 to 30. It supports the creation of job opportunities, with a particular focus on young people facing barriers to employment. The purpose is to increase employment for youth, enabling them to gain work experience, to develop skills, and to extend their networks. Parks Canada is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace by embracing this initiative, and encourages applications from youth facing barriers to employment, in particular Indigenous peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities.
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.
*Interviews for these positions will be held between February 7 and 17, 2022; please make yourself available in a timely manner.
*Students will work 16 or 17 weeks from May 9 to August 26 or September 2, 2022.
*Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week, including varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
We will only accept on-line applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. To submit an application on-line, please select the button "Apply Online" below. Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.
All communication throughout the entire staffing process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team is all about equipping Canadians with the skills they need for their first outdoor adventure. As a member of our team, you’ll present workshops both virtually or in-person, and outreach popup displays at community locations to share the joy of camping!
If you want to inspire new audiences to discover Parks Canada and the outdoors, this job is for you!
Through the development and delivery of innovative programs and interactive presentations, the team encourages the public to connect with Canada’s rich history, to experience the outdoors, and to learn more about our environment and heritage. Key elements of this job may include:
• Plan and deliver inspiring in-person/virtual interpretive programs that are designed to connect Canadians with the cultural, historical, and nature conservation messaging of Parks Canada;
• Represent Parks Canada at various Ottawa-Gatineau community events, libraries, parks, and other locations (including virtual) throughout the National Capital region. (All in-person events will have COVID-19 protocols in place.);
• Engage with the public through programming that showcases camping possibilities both inside and out of locations administrated by Parks 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.
Intent of the process
The intent of this process is to hire students for the summer of 2022, for a determinate period. Qualified students may also be considered for other student employment opportunities within Parks Canada Agency.
Positions to be filled: 6
Information you must provide
A covering letter "of 750 words (maximum) in which you explain 1) why you wish to work for Parks Canada's Learn-to Camp program as a student. Also, your covering letter must clearly demonstrate 2) which methods and techniques you may use to interact with a wide variety of audiences and to deliver and present fun and engaging material."
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Bilingual - Imperative
NOTE: Candidates may be required to answer complex questions in both official language.
K1: Knowledge of Parks Canada Agency mandate, programs and its sites;
K2: Knowledge of outdoor activities like camping, paddling, hiking, etc.
A1: Ability to work as part of a team;
A2: Ability to interact with a wide variety of audiences and to present engaging and inspiring material;
A3: Ability to provide excellent customer service;
A4: Ability to communicate effectively orally;
LA1: Exercises sound judgment;
LA2: Demonstrate reliability and punctuality;
LA3: Personally connects with people.
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
AEX1: Experience working or volunteering at public and/or special events;
AEX2: Experience in animating activities, teaching, interpretation, delivering presentations to a variety of audiences and/or delivering public awareness programs in-person or virtually (that can include museums, historic sites or natural environment interpretation, etc.).
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.
• Willingness and ability to set-up, take-down and move equipment, including, tables, tents and large heavy objects;
• Required to work varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime;
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform;
• Willingness to work outdoors and to stand or walk for long periods of time (occasionally in difficult weather conditions);
• Preference may be given to candidate having a valid class G license (Ontario) or class 5 driver’s license (Quebec).
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.
Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details;
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background and qualifications. 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.
Applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
A written exam may be administered.
Interviews and reference checks will be conducted (references information must be submitted at the interview).
Successful candidates must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.
Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.
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.
Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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