FALL 2022 CO-OP: Conservation Biology Field Assistant

  • Location: Ingonish/Cheticamp, NS
  • Deadline: August 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Conservation Biology Field Assistant – Student Position

Selection process number: 2022-CAP-CB-EA-STU-0161

Parks Canada – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Ingonish, Nova Scotia; Cheticamp, Nova Scotia

ANTICIPATORY – Full-time temporary employment (37.5 hours/week; 12-14 weeks)

$18.72 to $25.52 per hour (based on the student’s current academic level)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency!

Closing date: August 1st, 2022 at 23:59.

Who can apply: Full-time post-secondary school students in a recognized educational institution who are enrolled in a listed co-operative program 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.

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

Important messages

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 successful candidate will assist the Resource Conservation team in monitoring the health of the Park ecosystem, assessing the status of species-at-risk, and completing restoration programs. This work involves visiting less-travelled areas of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, both on land and in-water. This opportunity offers a chance to take in scenic views while developing hands-on skills in ecology, conservation biology, and natural resource management.

Work duties include:

  • Surveys of forests, rivers, lakes, and wetlands, including temperature monitoring, assessing tree regeneration, and collecting invertebrates
  • Surveys of species-at-risk, including Atlantic salmon and bats
  • Learning to identify local flora and fauna, including trees, ferns, insects, fish, amphibians, birds, and invasive species
  • Collect biological data from a variety of plants and animals, including handling of live specimens for tagging and genetic sampling
  • Enter data into computer databases and learn data handling best practices
  • Use and help to maintain field equipment for water monitoring, fishing, acoustic recording, and more
  • Assist with Atlantic salmon restoration program, including release of adult salmon into the wild
  • Other biological monitoring and research as required
  • Participate in training courses as required
  • Following Occupational Health and Safety protocols and maintaining a safe work environment

Intent of the process

This process may be used to fill anticipated student position vacancies for Conservation Biological Field Assistants.

Positions to be filled: To be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.
A covering letter in 500 words (maximum).

“Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Experience criteria listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information”

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Must be a post-secondary school student in a recognized educational institution and enrolled in a listed co-operative program. Minimum of 1 year of post-secondary studies in Natural Sciences or Natural Resource Management Technical programs.

Must be a student registered for full-time studies in the semester preceding the hiring period.

Must be a student who meets the minimum age requirement for Nova Scotia.

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

  • English essential
  • Basic knowledge of local flora and fauna.
  • Basic knowledge of computers and data management. Ability to measure and record biological data.
    Strives for excellence.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform when required.
  • Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, adverse weather conditions.
  • Work may involve handling dead specimens and use of standard zoological preservatives.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance.

Maybe required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks.

Other information

Willingness to work shift-work, and/or weekends, and/or statutory holidays and provincial holidays when required.

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.

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

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 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 Geraldine Shears, Human Resources Manager, at Geraldine.Shears@pc.gc.ca, 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.

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

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants MUST check their e-mail accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will have to consider that you are no longer interested in participating in the selection process and that you have withdrawn your candidacy should you not provide us with an up-to-date email address or respond to our communications. If you need to communicate with us during any stage of this

process, please indicate the selection process number in the subject field of your email.

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.

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

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Human Resources – CBFU


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