ALL CBU STUDENTS & CO-OP STUDENTS: Parks Canada Fortress of Louisbourg, Summer Positions


Parks Canada in Cape Breton is searching for energetic students with a wide variety of experiences, interest and knowledge and we’re hoping you may help spread the world!

Are you a student looking for a summer job? Does the idea of working at one of Cape Breton Island’s national historic sites or national park sound exciting?

  • 2017 is the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and this year, we will be welcoming more visitors to our parks and sites than ever before. It will be an opportunity to experience and celebrate Canada’s special anniversary along with your fellow Canadians and visitors from all over the world.
  • Parks Canada will be hiring more students this year to help Canada celebrate its special anniversary, and we would love to have you join the team.
  • As a student, you would have the opportunity to work in Parks Canada’s incredible network of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country. We offer a variety of jobs and are looking for students/youth with a wide range of interests and skills. Furthermore, we will explore the possibility of combining your skills, competencies and studies along with your interests and will focus on providing you with valuable work experience that will allow you to gain highly marketable and transferable skills for your career path.

At Parks Canada, we value the contributions that all Canadians can make to the diversity of our workforce. Therefore, we actively encourage students from various ethnic and life backgrounds to consider gaining valuable work experience with Parks Canada. You will also have the opportunity to work in a bilingual work place and learn, develop, maintain or improve a second (or third) language while earning your salary!

Intent of the process:
The intent of this process is to hire students for the summer 2017. The exact number of positions available is to be determined

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.   Positions to be filled: 20

Some of the exciting jobs include:
SU-01: Student Office Assistant(s)
The Student Office Assistant is a dynamic student who can assist in a number of different areas. The positions could include tour bookings, product development, general office duties and answering phones.

SU-02: Student Heritage Interpreter(s)
The Student Heritage Presenter is required to effectively communicate information, role-play, and read and understand interpretive presentations and historical references. Contacts are with visitors to convey messages, deliver presentations, and respond to visitor inquiries.

SU-03 – Student Labourer(s)
The Student Labourer positions will involve a wide range of activities, mainly outdoors. Provides general labour services to support events, programming, and facilities maintenance.

SU-04 – Visitor Service Attendant Student(s)
The Visitor Services Attendant student will involve providing cashier services and revenue control. The position involve providing information and assistance to visitors and maintains facilities.

SU-05 – Visitor Facility Student(s)
The Visitor Facility Student will work, clean and maintain the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site buildings/facilities and grounds to enhance the visitor experience.


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

All positions: Knowledge of the Parks Canada Agency and the national park and historic sites on Cape Breton Island and the services they provide to the public;

SU-01: Student Office Assistant(s)

  • Experience in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to carry out instructions accurately and efficiently
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence others
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and communicate Parks Canada programming
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a group
  • Intermediate arithmetic skills

SU-02: Student Heritage Interpreter(s)

  • Experience in paid or volunteer work that entailed direct contact and communication with the public
  • Ability to deliver messages/information to groups in face-to-face situations with the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation.

SU-03 – Student Labourer(s)

  • Ability to work cooperatively as a part of a team
  • Ability to adapt in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
  • Ability to perform manual labour

SU-04 – Visitor Service Attendant Student(s)

  • Experience in interacting with the public in a reception/orientation capacity
  • Experience in handling cash and operating point of sales
  • Ability to anticipate/meet public needs, resolve complaints, anticipate/detect incidents and find solutions

SU-05 – Visitor Facility Student(s)

  • Experience in providing cleaning services (home, store, restaurant, etc.) that would include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting
  • Ability to perform minor maintenance tasks (unclogging toilets and maintaining vacuums)

Must also Share our vision to:

  • Make things happen;
  • Personally connect with people;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Take responsibility;

Various language requirements:

  • English essential
  • Bilingual imperative – oral interaction

Information on language requirements

Application Details

To be eligible, you must be:

  • enrolling in the Co-op option with Cape Breton University
  • a full-time secondary or post-secondary student 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
  • the minimum age to work in the province where the job exists

All eligible students 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.

Parks Canada offers salaries to students that are comparable with those paid to students in the private as well as in other areas of the public sector.

TO APPLY: and for more information on the Co-op option with CBU –

Please contact CBU Student Placement Officer – Carly Turnbull – by email at

To read more about the Co-op Option with CBU, please visit our Co-op webpage.