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Jan 04, 2021

Elk Island National Park Student Positions 2021 (Anticipatory)

Reference number: CAP20J-022969-000009
Selection process number: 2021-PKS-SASEI-STUD-001
Parks Canada
Elk Island National Park of Canada (Alberta)
Anticipatory. Summer student positions, generally May to September, full time (37.5 – 40 h/week). Work required on evenings and weekends.
$18.91 to $21.64 per hour (under review – Salary to be determined at the time of hire and is based on education/experience of the student and in accordance with Parks Canada’s Directive on Student Rates of Pay.)

For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 17 January 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: To be eligible, you must be:
● Have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit).
● A full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution

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

To be eligible, you must be:
• Have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada (i.e. Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit).
• A full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution
• Registered as a full-time student in a recognized institution (High School, College, University, etc.)
• Returning to full-time studies in the next academic term (fall 2021). Proof of full-time student status will be required.
• The proof of full-time enrollment must include the student's official name, name of the educational institution and identify clearly the full-time enrollment status. The following are recognized as proof of full-time enrollment: Proof of registration with or without registrar's seal, proof of tuition, and proof of student status. A list of registered classes is not considered a proof of full-time enrollment. If the proof of full-time status cannot be obtained immediately, students can fill out and submit the Statement of intent to return to full-time studies until proof can be obtained.

Salary to be determined at the time of hire and is based on education/experience of the student and in accordance with Parks Canada’s Directive on Student Rates of Pay.


Job Streams – Numerous student positions to be filled for the various streams listed below.

Stream #1 - Visitor Experience
Help visitors meaningfully connect with Elk Island National Park by assisting with the planning and implementation of visitor programs and promotions. Revise visitor experience products & promotional materials, develop social media & web content, and promote Elk Island National Park at off-site events.

Stream #2 - Interpretation
Present a variety of captivating, and memorable interpretation programs at Elk Island National Park, including drop-in programs, evening programs, school group activities, and guided tours. Program topics include bison conservation, park history, and Canadian wildlife. Share the magic with visitors to Elk Island National Park!

Stream #3 - Asset Management
This opportunity involves plenty of hands-on work, mostly outdoors. Provide general labour services by mowing grass and vegetation and clearing trails. Assist with maintenance of roads and visitor facilities by cleaning, collecting garbage and recyclable materials, and painting.

Stream #4 - Resource Conservation
Assist our ecologists and technicians with wildlife and vegetation monitoring, preventing and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts, active management projects including invasive plant management, ecological research, and environmental assessments in the park. These positions will require both data management and extensive field work.

Stream #5 - Visitor Services
Provide visitor services and revenue collection at various visitor service locations in Elk Island National Park. Includes providing comprehensive information to the visiting public on a wide variety of topics including: campgrounds, trails, points of interest, safety, wilderness travel and park regulations and policies. You will also sell a variety of passes and operate point of sales.

Stream #6 - Visitor Safety
Elk Island’s Visitor Safety Attendants reach park visitors “where they are”, with relevant and engaging messages. This includes providing information on safety, prevention, human wildlife co-existence, and compliance. You will assist in managing bison jams on park roadways and in other wildlife safety activities. You will also be stationed at high-use day use areas to assist with traffic management and safety compliance.

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.

Elk Island National Park is in Treaty 6 territory in Alberta, located approximately 35 minutes east of Edmonton in the Southern Boreal Plains and Plateaux Natural region, representing a transitional zone between aspen parkland to the south and boreal forest to the north. Elk Island is the only National Park that is completely fenced and it encompasses forests, lakes, wetlands, and grasslands and is a highly accessible park due to its close proximity to Edmonton. The park plays a key role in bison conservation and is the only national park in the world with conservation herds of both plains bison and wood bison. While visitation is highest on weekends in the summer months, Elk Island remains accessible and utilized year round for fall and winter activities.

Intent of the process

This process is anticipatory for summer 2021. We are anticipating to fill up to twenty summer student positions at Elk Island National Park.

This process (will OR may) 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.

Clearly identify in your application the position(s) or stream(s) for which you are applying. From the work locations currently listed on the poster, please clearly identify the work location(s) in which you are prepared to work.

Positions to be filled: 20

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)

To be eligible, you must be:
• A full-time student currently enrolled in an accredited institution;
• Currently recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled;
• Returning to full-time studies in the next academic term – students will be required to provide proof of enrollment.

Proof of education will be required at time of interview.

Degree equivalency

• Experience working with the public;

• Experience working in a team environment;

• Experience using various computer programs and/or data management.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

The following qualifications may be applied and/or assessed because they are beneficial in carrying out the duties of the position. They may be used in screening, assessment or determining right fit for this selection process, so please describe how you meet the qualification criteria for the streams you are interested in working for:

Stream #1 - Visitor Experience
• Experience with special events, outreach, or marketing;
• Experience creating web or social media content;
• Experience with graphic design software.

Stream #2 - Interpretation
• Experience in working with diverse target audiences;
• Experience in heritage interpretation, theatre/performing arts, or story-telling.

Stream #3 - Asset Management
• Experience in performing general labour tasks (e.g. cleaning, clearing debris, landscaping);
• Experience in the use of manual tools or experience in a garage setting;
• Experience maintaining trails or working with grounds care equipment.

Stream #4 - Resource Conservation
• Experience with ecological monitoring;
• Experience gathering and inputting data;
• Experience using scientific equipment.

Stream #5 - Visitor Services
• Experience in handling cash and operating point of sales;
• Experience in communicating information to the public.

Stream #6 - Visitor Safety
• Experience setting priorities and multi-tasking;
• Experience working outdoors in a natural setting.
• Experience communicating with the public.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of Elk Island National Park (programs, facilities, services, trail system, activities, conservation initiatives).

• Attention to detail: Ability to work in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner;
• Client focused: Ability to provide service excellence to visitors.

Personal Suitability / Leadership Attributes:
• Exercises sound judgement;
• Communicates effectively;
• Strives for excellence.

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain Reliability Security Clearance;
• Possession of a valid class 5 Driver’s Licence.


• Be able to work in inclement weather when required;
• Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial holidays, when required;
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain and weather;
• Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and required protective clothing;
• Be capable of using moderate to medium physical effort to carry out work tasks;
• Has own transportation to get to and from the workplace.

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

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site:

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Heather Doyle