Anticipatory - Heritage Presenter I
Government of Canada
St. John's, NL
Parks Canada - Newfoundland East Field Unit
St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
$43,420 to $48,879 (currently under review)
Closing date: 1 May 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing or employed in St. John's, NL and within a 150 kilometer radius of St. John's NL, extending to, amongst others, Burnside-St. Chad's, NL, Port Blandford, NL, Terrenceville, NL, Petit Forte, NL.
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When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


Parks Canada is looking for new team members at Cape Spear and Signal Hill National Historic Sites. Currently we need candidates interested in positions as Heritage Presenters, which provide costumed programming, guided tours, heritage skills workshops, and historic weapon demonstrations to the public. Positions begin in May or June. If you are an outgoing, motivated individual who would like to be part of our mission to preserve and present these nationally significant places to Canadians, please review the criteria below and submit your application today.

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

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Delivers interpretive presentations, programs and activities to provide visitors of the park, historic site or marine conservation area with opportunities to discover, appreciate, learn about and enjoy the place and its natural and/or cultural resources and understand their significance to Canada.

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
Employees at the same group and level or equivalent and with the same employment tenure may be considered for deployment. If no deployment is made, applicants from other groups and levels will be considered in the advertised appointment process.
Positions to be filled: 1

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)

A secondary school diploma or PSC approved alternatives or acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position.

Note: Acceptable combination of education, training and experience:

Two years of secondary school or PSC approved alternatives; AND
  • Successful completion of a minimum of one (1) course relevant to the duties of the position (e.g., courses taken through continuing education facilities, colleges, universities, professional or governmental organizations or employers including training provided by Aboriginal elders or group that may include but are not limited to courses in heritage interpretation, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND
  • A minimum of three (3) months experience working in the fields of education, interpretation, and/or outreach-communications.
Degree equivalency

  • Experience in paid or volunteer work that entailed direct contact and communication with the public
  • Experience in delivering messages/information to groups in face-to-face situations with the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements
English Essential
Bilingual - imperative BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

  • Knowledge of Parks Canada and its mandate
  • Knowledge of communication, presentation and interpretive techniques such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs or guided walks
  • General knowledge of Canada’s natural and/or cultural heritage as it relates to the specific site or park
  • Knowledge of visitor experience offers and safety concerns present at Cape Spear and Signal Hill National Historic Sites
  • Adaptability - Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
  • Client Focus - Providing service excellence to internal and/or external client
  • Creativity and Innovation - Generating viable, new approaches and solutions
  • Initiative - Dealing with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise
  • Teamwork - Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
  • Interactive Communication – Listening to others and communicating articulately, fostering open communication
  • Communication through Interpretation - Listening to others and communicating articulately to inform, influence and involve
Personal Suitability:
  • Sound judgment
  • Personally connects with others
  • Demonstrate Integrity
  • Strives for excellence
  • Communicates effectively
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Additional Experience:
  • Experience in theatre/performing arts, singing in a small group or solo, playing of musical instruments, heritage or costumed interpretation, and/or adult education museum education or storytelling.
  • Experience in the handling of historic weapons and/or in the use of black powder.
Operational Requirements:The position requires the incumbent to:
  • Work shift-work, and/or weekends, and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays
  • Wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy and/or dress in period costume as per Parks Canada requirements
  • Work and/or travel in varied terrains, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation
  • Stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods
  • Handle historic weapons or other types of materials (St John’s locations only)
  • Carry long-arms for the purpose of demonstration (St John’s locations only)
  • Wear historic costumes relevant to interpretive programs (St John’s locations only)
  • Work from various locations
  • Provide own transportation to and from the workplace.
  • Perform lifting tasks of up to 50lbs with frequent lifting of up to 25lbs
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - • Possession of a valid class 5 driver’s licence

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

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 who have a priority entitlement as defined by the Parks Canada Agency Priority Policy and Guidelines will be considered first.

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 who have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact (Name of HRM), Human Resources Manager if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

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.