Elk Island National Park Student Positions 2019
Government of Canada
Elk Island, AB
Parks Canada - Northern Prairies Field Unit – Elk Island National Park
Elk Island National Park of Canada (Alberta)
Approximately May 2, 2019 to September 2, 2019. Full-time (37.5 – 40 hrs per wk). Evening and weekend work will be required.
$16.49 to $21.64 per hour (under review, based on education/experience of selected candidate)
For further information on the organization, please visit Parks Canada

Closing date: 20 January 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Students who are currently enrolled in full-time secondary or post-secondary studies at an accredited institution and returning to full-time studies in the next academic term. Students will be required to provide proof of enrollment.
The Parks Canada Agency considers applications from all individuals who have a 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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All Job applications must be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System.
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The client organization will accept applications on-line only.
Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line.

  • Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.
  • Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.
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  • Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.
  • For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.
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Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.

Your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet all the requirements for the position and must include:
  • your résumé;
  • your cover letter (no more than 750 words) demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position;
  • an indication of your preferred official language for correspondence and assessment;
  • your agreement to the conditions of employment;
  • contact information for 3 work references.
IMPORTANT: Applicants must provide a cover letter. In this document you must clearly:
  • Identify the Job Stream(s) to which you are applying;
  • Demonstrate how you meet the essential education and experience qualifications, and additional experience criteria for the Job Stream(s) to which you are applying;
  • Candidates must use each of the qualifications (education, experience, and additional experience criteria) as a header.
  • Using clear and concrete examples, describe how each factor within the qualifications (education, experience, and additional experience criteria) is met, for the Job Stream(s) to which you are applying.
Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the criteria (essential education, experience qualifications, and additional experience criteria) will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates who are missing information or submit incomplete information will be screened out. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information.

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

Stream #1 - External Relations and 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 – Learn to Camp
Share your passion for nature and outdoor recreational activities with new and urban Canadians by assisting in the planning and delivery of activities, workshops and overnight Learn-to Camp events in the Edmonton area. You will provide opportunities for visitors to learn new skills and build confidence that will help them embark on adventures at Parks Canada places.

Stream #3 - 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 #4 - 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 #5 - Resource Conservation
Assist our ecologists and technicians with wildlife and vegetation monitoring, active management projects, ecological research, and environmental assessments in the park. These positions will require extensive field work.

Stream #6 - 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 #7 - 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, bison guardianship, and compliance. You will assist in managing bison jams on park roadways and in other wildlife activities. You will also be stationed at high-use day use areas to assist with traffic management and safety compliance.

Intent of the process
Student Term. Numerous student positions to be filled for the various streams listed. This process may be used to create a pool of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures in same or in other parts of the country.
Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter in 750 words (maximum) "(no more than 750 words) demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position."

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.
Degree equivalency

  • Experience working with the public;
  • Experience working in a team environment;
  • Experience using various computer programs and/or data management.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

  • General knowledge of Elk Island National Park’s natural and cultural heritage.
  • Ability to work in a conscientious, consistent and thorough manner;
  • Ability to provide service excellence to guests;
  • Ability to work within a multi-functioning team.
Personal Suitability / Leadership Attributes:
  • Exercises sound judgment;
  • Personally connects with people;
  • Takes responsibility;
  • Makes things happen;
  • Demonstrates integrity;
  • Strives for excellence.
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
In addition, your application must also clearly explain how you meet the Additional Experience Criteria for the position you are applying.

Stream #1- External Relations and Visitor Experience:
  • Experience with special events, outreach, or marketing;
  • Experience creating web or social media content;
  • Experience with graphic design software.
Stream #2 - Learn to Camp:
  • Experience in delivering educational programs or public outreach;
  • Experience working with multi-generational and/or multi-cultural audiences;
  • Experience leading and/or participating in outdoor recreational activities.
Stream #3 - Interpretation:
  • Experience in working with diverse target audiences;
  • Experience in heritage interpretation, theatre/performing arts, or story-telling
Stream #4 - 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 #5 - Resource Conservation:
  • Experience with ecological monitoring;
  • Experience gathering and inputting data;
  • Experience using scientific equipment.
Stream #6 - Visitor Services:
  • Experience in handling cash and operating point of sales;
  • Experience in communicating information to the public.
Stream #7 - Visitor Safety
  • Experience in setting priorities and multi-tasking;
  • Experience working outdoors in a natural setting.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - Obtain and maintain a Reliability Status Security Clearance.

  • Be in possession of a valid class 5 driver’s license.
Operational Requirements:
  • be capable of using moderate to medium physical effort to carry out work tasks;
  • have their own transportation to and from the workplace (transportation is not provided);
  • be able to work in inclement weather when required;
  • wear a uniform as per the Parks Canada Uniform Policy;
  • work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays.
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

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