CO-OP/ ALL CBU STUDENTS – External Relations Positions, Parks Canada


Parks Canada – Cape Breton Field Unit Cape Breton and Halifax (Nova Scotia) (4 positions open)

SU-01 – Outreach Student(s) (Cape Breton),
SU-02 – Outreach Student (Halifax),
SU-03 – Promotions Assistant (Cape Breton)

Employment dates range from April to September, 2018.

The rates of pay are determined at the initial appointment stage. The rates of pay are based on the student’s current academic level. The rates of pay range from $10.75 to $17.92 per hour.

Closing date: February 28th, 2018

Who can apply: To be eligible, you must be:

  • 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.

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Intent of the process

The intent of the process is to hire students for the 2018 season.

Clearly identify the position(s) and location(s) for which you are applying. Applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment. First screening of applications will take place on March 1, 2018. Positions to be filled: 4

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

Students who are currently enrolled in full-time studies at an accredited institution and returning to full-time studies in the next academic term.

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

  • Various language requirements
    • English essential; or
    • Bilingual imperative – oral interaction. Information on language requirements
  • 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;
  • Shares our vision;
  • Makes things happen;
  • Personally connects with people;
  • Communicates effectively;
  • Takes responsibility;
  • Ability to carry out instructions accurately and efficiently.

Conditions of employment

  • Reliability Status security clearance
  • Possession of a valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Willing and able to work: irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or on statutory holidays, when required.
  • Duties will include travel; and may include events on Parks Canada sites.


Duties, Skills and Experiences

SU-01: Outreach Student(s) (Cape Breton)

With guidance, the Outreach Student will be responsible for researching, developing and delivering captivating educational and outreach programs to a variety of audiences. The position will provide support for various initiatives and will help organize and run educational activity booths/areas at local and regional events.

  • Experience working with the public
  • Experience public speaking
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence others to expand public reach, awareness and appreciation of Parks Canada sites
  • Experience communicating and delivering knowledge about Indigenous heritage and culture in Nova Scotia
  • Ability to speak French or Mi’kmaq would be an asset

SU-02: Outreach Student (Halifax)

With guidance, the Outreach Student will be responsible for developing and delivering captivating visual art to use as an outreach program to interact with a variety of audiences. This position will connect the public to Parks Canada sites on Cape Breton Island and Canso through the visual art as a working mobile exhibit at local and regional community events.

  • Experience as a visual artist with various mediums
  • Experience working with the public
  • Experience public speaking
  • Ability to communicate effectively and influence others to expand public reach, awareness and appreciation of Parks Canada sites

SU-03: Promotions Assistant (Cape Breton)

The Promotions Assistant will aid in the development and implementation of the tourism and promotional activities. This role will enhance the awareness of visitor experiences and engage all visitors in the learning, enjoyment and connection to Parks Canada places on Cape Breton Island.

  • Experience in marketing and promotions
  • Experience writing to reach target markets
  • Knowledge of social media, marketing trends and campaign development
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and oral to influence others to increase awareness and appreciation of Parks Canada sites
  • Experience with layout and design for a variety of media (print, web, newsletters, etc.)

Application Details

Closing date February 28, 2018 at 4pm. 

If you have any questions about this job contact, Human Resources Advisor, Elwyn Peters:

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If you are interested in more information on taking part in the CBU Co-op Option with this job and the eligibility requirements for your degree contact Student Placement Officer, Carly Turnbull:

Information you must provide

  • Your résumé.
  • A cover letter in 500 words (maximum).
  • Contact information for two references.

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.

Other information

Applicants must provide proof of their education.  Please provide proof of education no later than the closing date, in order to be considered in this selection process.

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

The proof of full-time enrollment must include the student’s official name, name of the educational institution and identify clearly the full-time enrollment status. The following are recognized as proof of full-time enrollment:

  • Proof of registration with or without registrar’s seal;
  • Proof of tuition;
  • Proof of student status

A list of registered classes is not considered a proof of full-time enrollment.

Please note: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by email for screening/assessment purposes.

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.

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.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official 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.

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

Important messages

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