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Parks Canada
Markham (Ontario), Scarborough (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario)

$85,742 to $92,694 (Salary under review)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency!

Rouge National Urban Park

Closing date: 14 March 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons 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.

Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

On November 8th, 2021, the Parks Canada Agency announced the details of its vaccination requirement for all employees. As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for Parks Canada Agency, employees must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate, determinate (term), casual, as and when required, and students.

We will only accept on-line applications received via the site. Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.

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– Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.
– Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.
– Applicants can verify the status of their applications, at any time.
– Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.
– For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.

To submit an application on-line, please select the button “Apply Online” below.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in the questionnaire how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Statement of Qualifications. 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 questionnaire. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your questionnaire how you meet the Education and the experience factors found on the Statement of Qualifications may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information.

Parks Canada is seeking an Agricultural Specialist to help build a new program area that plays a key role in supporting a vibrant park farming community, while enhancing and maintaining the environmental and economic well-being of Rouge National Urban Park’s agriculture and food sectors. The Agricultural Specialist will be assisted with supporting team members and play a key role in liaising between Parks Canada and park farmers on agricultural policies, programming, Parks Canada leases and farming operations.

Work environment
Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and preservation 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.

A rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, some of the last remaining working farms in the Greater Toronto Area, Carolinian ecosystems, Toronto’s only campground, amazing hiking opportunities, and human history dating back over 10,000 years, including some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites.

Rouge National Urban Park is one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in the world, spanning 79.1 square kilometres in the heart of Canada’s largest and most diverse metropolitan area, overlapping the cities of Toronto, Markham and Pickering and the townships of Uxbridge and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Rouge National Urban Park is a new type of protected area in the Parks Canada family – a national urban park. While it shares many of the characteristics of other protected areas, the park has been specifically created because of its urban setting and its mix of natural, cultural and agricultural resources and landscapes. Approximately 20 percent of the Canadian population lives within a one hour’s drive from the park.

Intent of the process
This process will be used to staff a position until March 2023. This process may also be used to staff the position on a permanent basis in the future.

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: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
• Graduation with a degree or diploma from a recognized university with specialization in agriculture, agricultural science, agrology, farm management, food systems or sustainable agriculture or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience in a field related to the position.

Degree equivalency

• Significant* experience developing and maintaining relationships with partners and stakeholders.

• Significant* experience developing process and policy frameworks, especially as it relates to agriculture.

• Significant* experience working with agreements, permits, solicitations as it relates to real property.

• Experience farming.

• Experience working with diverse audiences and communities or Indigenous partners.

* “Significant” is defined as depth and breadth normally gained over three (3) years.

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

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of the Greater Toronto Area, Parks Canada, and Rouge National Urban Park .
• Knowledge of policies, programs, and legislation impacting the agricultural and agri-food sector.
• Knowledge of modern farming best practices and business strategies, including, but not limited to: soil and water management; pesticides; crop cycle management; livestock.
• Knowledge of environmental management principles and best practices in relation to modern agriculture, including environmental farm plans.
• Knowledge of key stakeholders in the agriculture and agri-food sector.

• Ability to identify agricultural concerns, issues and implications, and formulate logical resolutions.
• Ability to use tact, diplomacy and consensus-building skills to implement change and to facilitate program delivery and information sharing.
• Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects.
• Ability to build a program and lead staff.
• Ability to be innovative and creative while working within legislative and policy frameworks.

• An effective leader who demonstrates integrity, exercises sound judgment, communicates effectively, is a team player and makes things happen.

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 irregular hours, shift work, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required.
• Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.
• Willingness to travel, including overnight, off site and/or weekends.

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.

• Possess and maintain a valid Class G driver’s licence.

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

Did you know? Permanent or contract job offers (with a length greater than 6 months) are eligible for pension, health care and dental benefits. More information can be found at:
• Public service pension at a glance:
• Public Service Health Care Plan summary:
• Public Service Dental Care Plan summary:

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

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.

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

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

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.

Contact information
Human Resources

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