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Opportunity Type:

Who can apply: Students residing in Fort St. James, British Columbia and within a 500 kilometre radius of Fort St. James 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.


The duties for student positions at Fort St. James National Historic Site vary. This process may be used to staff café workers, maintenance assistants, as well as students to help at the front desk or with heritage presenter or administrative duties.

Café Worker
Working in the Commemoration Café at Fort St. James National Historic Site. Duties include plating, serving and preparing food, cleaning, taking orders, washing dishes, gardening and maintaining a running inventory. Interacting pleasantly with visitors while providing excellent customer service.

Maintenance Assistant
Duties include lawn care, painting, animal care and assisting the maintenance person in basic site maintenance such as fence and boardwalk repair, cutting splitting and hauling firewood and driving the site truck on short errands.

Front Desk
Working at the front desk of the Visitor Reception Center at Fort St. James National Historic Site. Duties include greeting visitors, taking payments, working a POS system, selling gift store items, helping visitors with questions/directions, light housekeeping/cleaning duties as required.

Work environment
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.

Fort St. James National Historic Site, with the largest collection of original fur trade buildings in Canada, its remarkable view out over beautiful Stuart Lake, and authentic, entertaining execution of a day in the summer of 1896, is one of Canada’s premiere fur trading posts. Attracting both local and international guests in the summer season, it contributes to a diversified economy and provides community leadership in celebrating and protecting the cultural heritage of Fort St. James. The site offers one of the best opportunities to connect northern British Columbia residents to their nationally significant heritage and to provide them with a Parks Canada experience.

Intent of the process
This process will be used to staff up to 6 anticipated student vacancies for the 2022 operating season (May-September 2022).

This process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic requirements in the same or other parts of the country.

Positions to be filled: 6

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter “Please read carefully what is information must be provided in the covering letter. Instructions can be found under Important Messages.”

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Registered as a full-time student in a recognized institution (high school, CEGEP, College, University, etc.) and returning to full-time studies for the next academic term (Fall 2022).

Degree equivalency

• In working in team environments.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
• In food preparation and/or cooking.
• In basic maintenance tasks such as groundskeeping, painting, using handtools for simple repairs.
• In using computer programs including Microsoft Access, Word and Excel and in typing.
• In customer service and/or working with the public.

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

Information on language requirements

• Makes things happen;
• Exercises sound judgment;
• Takes responsibility;
• Personally connects with people.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
The position requires the incumbent to:
• Work shift-work, and/or weekends, and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays;
• Wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy and/or dress in period costume as per Parks Canada requirements;
• Wear personal protective equipment (PPE);
• Safely work under challenging conditions (e.g. close proximity to team members while preparing and serving meals in a fast paced environment).

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

All Parks Canada Agency employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site:

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

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

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

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.

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