CBU CO-OP or ALL STUDENTS: Student Interpreter (Cape Breton Highlands National Park: Cheticamp/Ingonish)


Parks Canada – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Job Title: Student Interpreter

Job Location: Chéticamp and/or Ingonish, Nova Scotia (staff housing available, approx. $80/wk)

Rate of Pay: $13.68/hour (2014 rate – under review)

Hours per week: 37.5

Work term: May 22nd to Sept 1st, 2017

Job Description:
As a member of Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s interpretation team, you will deliver programs and guided hikes to visitors about the park’s natural features & significance within the national parks system. Other duties include: assisting with special events; school field trips; computer work using various software; use of audio-visual equipment.

Students must:

  • have completed a minimum of 2 yrs. post-secondary education.
  • be enrolled as a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in a recognized institution and currently be recognized as having “full-time student status” by that academic institution;
  • be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term; and
  • meet the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of natural history and special features of Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Knowledge of Canada’s national parks system
  • Effective interpersonal communication and public presentation skills
  • Demonstrate an advanced proficiency in both of Canada’s official languages
  • Experience or knowledge in heritage interpretation, performing arts, natural history, biology, geology, ecology, and/or cultural history.
  • Experience in delivering messages/information to groups in face-to-face situations with the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation

Conditions of Employment:

  • Valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Security Screening: Obtain and maintain Reliability Status


Operational Requirements:

  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform when required.
  • Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, and isolated/remote locations.
  • Willingness to Stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods (up to 20km + in a single day)
  • Willingness to guide hikes in the evening and after dark
  • Work from various locations.
  • Travel extensively (including overnight, off site).
  • Meet the physical demands of the job.

Application Details

TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Deadline to apply is Feb. 13th, 2017.

This summer position may qualify as a CBU Co-op 3-credit Course.  Please contact a CBU Student Placement Officer for more information – carly_turnbull@cbu.ca

For more information regarding this position and the FSWEP application process, please contact Scott Aucoin scott.aucoin@pc.gc.ca or by phone at 902-224-4226