Parks Canada - Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (Manitoba), Selkirk (Manitoba), and other locations
$104,706 to $119,698
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Closing date: 22 October 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Who can apply:
All individuals 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.
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Although the immediate intent of this advertisement is to staff indeterminately, applicants should be aware that a pool of candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level with various language requirements (English or French Essential) in various locations. The position to be filled immediately is English essential in Selkirk, MB, and the language profile of future positions in other locations will be based on operational requirements. In addition, this process may be used for various tenures (acting appointments, assignment, deployment, indeterminate, specified period, secondment) within Parks Canada. As a result of the potential and possible use of the selection process and subsequent pool by hiring managers, we encourage all candidates seeking this type of opportunity to apply.
The Manager of Applied Built Heritage provides strategic leadership, expert advice, and design and delivery services related to built heritage conservation construction. The position manages and coordinates activities of the Restoration Workshop staff which provide on-site and off-site expert conservation services to Parks Canada administered heritage places across Canada. The management and delivery of services undertaken by the Restoration Workshop will include accountability for: personnel; site/shop safety; project planning and scheduling; travel logistics; financial resources; material inventories; equipment; and facilities.
A significant portion of the job is designing, planning, implementing and monitoring on-site and off-site conservation-construction projects undertaken by the Restoration Workshop unit (6-10 staff). He/She/They will review work reports and conduct periodic inspections to ensure Restoration Workshop’s work meets quality standards and specified requirements, codes and standards. Should a specific job require additional staff, the position will oversee managing and monitoring associated contracts and contracted workers used as part of Restoration Workshop service.
The position is at the core of the Heritage Trades Network centre of expertise and helps to develop and deliver the following: products and services to promote awareness and use of best practices in Canadian conservation-construction, as well as training / workshops on heritage trades (e.g. heritage masonry, heritage carpentry, heritage logwork, heritage metalwork).
The manager will provide expert advice regarding the planning, stabilization, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic properties and assets to Parks Canada management, professionals, and technical staff. It will be necessary to develop innovative approaches and adapt historic asset maintenance methods/practices to deal with complex technical issues where established methods/practices cannot be applied, or where new issues relating to climate change are affecting the assets.
The position will develop and deliver conservation-construction related activities linked to Federal Government priorities, including but not limited to: Indigenous Reconciliation (e.g. training, mentoring, presentations, establishment of indigenous conservation-construction specialist work teams), climate change; universal accessibility; and diversity and inclusion.
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.
Our dedicated, multidisciplinary teams work together to maintain and improve our unique infrastructure that ensures long-term environmental sustainability, conservation of built heritage, and great visitor experiences. Start your career in our positive, collaborative, and supportive workplace.
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Positions to be filled: 1
- Degree in Architecture and/or related to Building Conservation from a recognized university
- Architectural Technology diploma from a recognized college
- Tradeschool / apprenticeship education in cabinet-making, heritage masonry, heritage carpentry, or blacksmithing or related trades
- Significant experience* advising on architectural heritage conservation trades-related issues (heritage carpentry, heritage masonry and blacksmithing) in the applied built heritage context;
- Significant experience* working with consultants and heritage trades on architectural heritage conservation projects involving high percentages of heritage carpentry, heritage masonry and/or blacksmithing;
- Significant experience* conducting condition and issues assessments of historic places / sites built of wood and/or stone;
- Experience successfully managing a team of craftspersons undertaking heritage conservation; and
- Experience successfully managing staff, budget and fleet.
- If you are applying with a diploma or degree, “significant experience” is defined as “at least 5 years of relevant experience”.
If you are applying with a tradeschool / apprenticeship education, “significant experience” is defined as “at least 10 years of relevant experience”.
- English essential for the position at Selkirk
- English or French essential for other locations (based on the operational needs)
Information on language requirements
- Knowledge of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada;
- Knowledge of design and construction methods in the Canadian heritage building context;
- Knowledge of cabinet-making, heritage carpentry, heritage masonry, and blacksmithing techniques in the heritage building context;
- Knowledge of traditionally used Canadian wood and stone types, and other materials relevant to the Canadian heritage building context; and
- Knowledge of construction safety and ‘best practices’ in running a heritage construction worksite under provincial or federal jurisdiction in Canada.
- Ability to inspect and identify issues, deficiencies and problematic asset conditions and issues at historic places / sites, and to trouble-shoot material-related, detail-related, and technical issues on heritage cabinetry/carpentry/masonry and/or blacksmithing in the Canadian construction context;
- Ability to assess complex situations in the context of Canadian conservation projects, and to provide technical and design guidance on solutions;
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to summarize and substantiate decisions in a clear and concise fashion;
- Ability to manage a program budget, project budgets, and schedules;
- Ability to plan logistics and provision of materials for conservation projects on remote sites;
- Ability to coordinate construction activities and the deployment of heritage trades staff, in a manner that causes harmonious and effective teamwork; and
- Ability to lead workforces to the completion of mandated heritage carpentry/masonry and/or blacksmithing construction activities at high quality worksmanship levels.
- Makes things happen - takes initiative;
- Decisive, with sound judgment, while considering diverse perspectives;
- Dependable and responsible; and
- Good inter-personal skills and strives for excellence in a team environment.
The following qualifications are not essential to perform the work, but are seen as attributes that would benefit the organization or enhance the work to be performed currently or in the future:
- Specialized training in heritage conservation and/or craft;
- Involvement with organizations/schools that promote heritage conservation and/or craft;
- Specialized training related to construction site management and coordination.
- Willing to be away from home and/or work in remote locations for extended periods of time;
- Willing to work and travel in a variety of terrains and weather conditions in the performance of the duties.
- Willing to travel extensively across Canada in small aircraft as required;
- Willing to wear a uniform while performing your duties in accordance with the Parks Canada Uniform Policy.
- Willing to work at heights.
Reliability Status security clearance
Valid class 5 driver’s license;
Currently has, or is willing and able to get certified upon appointment in the following: First Aid, WHIMS, Working at Heights, Working in Confined Spaces, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Abatement, Parks Canada Occupation Health & Safety training and Safe Work Practices.
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.
Parks Canada is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to Parks Canada continue to be part of the Public Service. Parks Canada 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.
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.
You may be assessed using a variety of assessment tools, such as, but not limited to: written exams, interviews, reference checks, etc. Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.