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Students on Ice

What is the Parks Canada Students on Ice summer program?

We are pleased announce a new opportunity available to northern and Aboriginal students to participate in Students on Ice and to work in a northern national park. For students who are 18 years old or younger, this new employment and education opportunity will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become an ambassador for the Arctic and a more environmentally responsible citizen. From June 30 to August 31, 2014 this summer, you will have a summer job in your neighbouring Northern National Park, and will participate in the Students on Ice Arctic expedition traveling with other students from around the world.

Your work for Parks Canada begins on June 30th at your designated location. There you will learn about and be involved in park operations. Then, from July 9 – 24, you will participate in the Students on Ice 2014 Arctic Expedition. The adventure will start in Ottawa, with several days of pre-expedition activities. You will then fly to Kuujjuaq, Quebec to start your ship- and land-based journey to explore the eastern Canadian Arctic (Torngat Mountains National Park) and western Greenland (http://studentsonice.com). Travel costs will be funded by Parks Canada.

Throughout the summer, you will be expected to submit stories and pictures for the Parks Canada social media network. This will help you to begin creating networks to educate and inspire Canadians about what you are learning. Acting as an ambassador for your community, you will share your unique journey and experience both at home in your community, and with the rest of Canada, before, during, and after the expedition.

Every year for the next three years, seven northern and/or Aboriginal students will be selected to participate in the Parks Canada Students on Ice Summer Program.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to apply, you must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and you must be a student 18 years of age or younger.

Participants must be Aboriginal or northern youth (depending on the location of the position) from a community near or in a northern national park that is part of their traditional territory. The following seven positions will be available in 2014: 

  • For Nahanni National Park Reserve, one position in Fort Simpson or Nahanni Butte open to Dehcho First Nation 
  • For Ivvavik, Aulavik, and Tuktut Nogait national parks and Pingo Canadian Landmark, one position in Inuvik, open to Inuvialuit. 
  • For Wapusk National Park, one position in Churchill, open to students from the Town of Churchill, York Factory First Nation, or Fox Lake Cree Nation. 
  • For Kluane National Park, one position in Haines Junction, open to Kluane First Nation and Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.. 
  • For Torngat Mountains National Park, in Nain, open to Nunavik Inuit and Labrador Inuit. 
  • For Nunavut National Parks, Ukkusiksalik, Auyuittuq, Sirmilik in Nunavut: two positions located in either Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet or Repulse Bay, open to Inuit.

Students must be available for work full time from June 30 to August 31, 2014 for students still in high school and from mid-May – August 31 for university/college students.

Students must possess a passport to participate in the Students on Ice expedition.

Students must have a residence with approved guardians in the community of work

Students must have permission of guardians to travel to remote Parks Canada sites.

How to Apply