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Young Canada Works

Job Facts

Who Can Be Hired?

© Parks Canada / Gélinas, L. /, 2001

In accordance with the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, YCW student jobs are available to secondary and post-secondary students. Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. A student is an individual who was enrolled in full time studies during the preceding academic semester and who intends to return to school full time in the upcoming academic semester.

Because a variety of jobs are available, various levels of education, skills, language ability and work experience is required. In addition, some YCW locations may be looking for Team Leaders. This specific job is designed for post-secondary students interested in the area of program coordination. A Team Leader is an assistant to the on-site YCW Coordinator. He or she helps to fulfill local YCW duties such as organizing development activities and managing program logistics.

Parks Canada is committed to being representative of the Canadian population. We actively recruit members of employment equity groups (women, member of a visible minority group, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal peoples).

"YCW is a great program to further a students' learning abilities, to develop new skills and improve old ones." 2004 YCW Student

When Do Young Canada Works Students Work?

Visitor Centre, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
Visitor Centre, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site © Parks Canada / Lynch, W. /, 1997
  • During the busiest period of Canada's National Parks and National Historic Sites operational year (May to September). Work terms vary between eight and 16 weeks.
  • Students might work weekday/weekend and day/evening shifts, depending on the needs of each YCW location.

Where Do They Work?

YCW Student Interpreters at Fort Langley National Historic Site
YCW Student Interpreters at Fort Langley National Historic Site © Parks Canada / H., 2000

YCW locations span the system of Canada's National Parks and National Historic Sites. Typically, you will find at least one YCW location in most provinces and territories. Many students will be selected for a location in close proximity to their home community. However, a small number of post-secondary students may have the opportunity to travel to work in another region of the country. YCW Students might work in one of Canada's National Parks, National Historic Sites, or at both.

YCW Students may work in:

  • Various outdoor environments and weather conditions
  • Office or indoor environment
  • Areas of high visitation by the general public
  • Special event venues
  • Bilingual environment (in some cases, students may be required to be bilingual)

Who Do Young Canada Works Students Work With?

Depending on the location of the YCW project, colleagues may include any of the following:

  • Full-time and seasonal Parks Canada field staff
  • Other Parks Canada student employees
  • Parks Canada cooperating associations
  • Parks Canada stakeholders

Work project supervisors are Parks Canada employees who organize specific jobs and work directly with YCW Students to train and guide their work. In some cases, local volunteer organizations may be involved in the design and delivery of work experiences.

Young Canada Works
Young Canada Works is a joint initiative of the Parks Canada Agency and the Department of Canadian Heritage