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Parks Canada – Southwestern Ontario Field Unit
Fort George National Historic Site, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Term and/or Seasonal – 0.5 and 0.6 FTE (26 – 31 weeks) between April and November
$46,234 to $52,046 (based on full-time year round employment, salary under review)Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency! Parks Canada Web site

Closing date: 27 February 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons employed or residing in and within an 80 kilometre radius of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 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. Geographic restrictions may be applied by site should we experience a high level of applications.

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

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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.

Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.

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 student hiring (full-time, part-time and seasonal). Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to ensure terms and conditions of employment are met, the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete a vaccination attestation form.

Senior Heritage Presenters are part of a dynamic team that delivers world class heritage programming within Southwestern Ontario Field Unit Historic Sites.

This position gives you the opportunity to interact with visitors from around the world to deliver education programs, guided tours, and dialogic or conversational interpretation. You will also get to demonstrate historic activities, all with the unique advantage of being dressed in historic clothing/uniform.

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.

Parks Canada’s Southwestern Ontario Field Unit is a geographical area that encompasses approximately 30,000 km2 of Canada’s unique natural and cultural heritage. From the picturesque Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the most Southern point of Canada at Point Pelee National Park, the Southwestern Ontario Field Unit offers a truly distinctive work environment. On behalf of Canadians, we actively operate 4 National Historic Sites, 1 National Park and a Field Unit office in the most densely populated and diverse area of the country.

Intent of the process
Term and/or permanent seasonal – 0.5 – 0.6 FTE (26 – 31 weeks) between April and November.

In support of achieving a representative workforce, preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as Indigenous.

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

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
A minimum of 2 years post-secondary education or acceptable combination of education, training, and experience.

For Example: Acceptable combination of education, training and experience means:

Two years of secondary school or PSC approved alternatives; AND
– Successful completion of a minimum of one (1) course relevant to the duties of the position (e.g., courses taken through continuing education facilities, colleges, universities, professional or governmental organisations or employers including training provided by Aboriginal elders or group that may include but not limited to courses in heritage interpretation, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND/OR
– A minimum of three (3) months experience working in the fields of education, interpretation and/or outreach communications.

Degree equivalency

EX1: Experience working and/or volunteering in one of the following fields for the purpose of education, engagement, entertainment and/or motivation:
– interpretation
– public presentation
– communications
– guiding tours
– informal and formal education
– leading day camps
– theatre performance

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB) and English Essential

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

K1: Knowledge of Parks Canada and its mandate
K2: Knowledge of communication, presentation and/or interpretive techniques such as storytelling, demonstration, theatre programs or guided tours

A1: Teamwork: Working collaboratively with others to achieve organizational goals
A2: Adaptability: Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
A3: Client Focus: Providing service excellence to internal and/or external client
A4: Communication: Listening to others and communicating effectively to a wide variety of audiences in an engaging and informative manner

Personal Suitability:
PS1: Exercises sound judgment
PS2: Personally connects with others
PS3: Takes responsibility
PS4: Makes things happen

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
AEX1: Experience working at a heritage site or institution

AEX2: Experience and knowledge of a heritage skill. Examples; firing of flintlock muskets, firing of historic artillery, historic cooking / baking, knowledge of, or experience working with, Georgian / Regency clothing and uniforms, Indigenous storytelling, etc.

AEX3: Experience handling cash/working with a Point of Sale (POS)

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

• Possession of a valid class G driver’s licence
• Required to possess or obtain a PAL. (Possession and Acquisition of Firearms License)
• The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Parks Canada Agency requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that they either attest to their vaccination status or have been accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act prior to the date of their appointment.

Operational Requirements:
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
• Work and/or travel in varied weather conditions.
• Stand/walk/march for prolonged periods in warm, heavy wool historic uniforms / clothing
• Handle historic weapons and black powder

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:

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 application.

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 who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

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.

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.

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

Contact information

Human Resources

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