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Students on Ice

What is the Parks Canada Students on Ice summer program?

We are pleased to announce the launch of an employment and educational opportunity available to Canadian post-secondary and northern Aboriginal high school students to participate in Students On Ice. This exciting opportunity will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become an ambassador for the Arctic and a more environmentally responsible citizen. You will have a summer job with Parks Canada and will participate in the Students on Ice Arctic expedition traveling with other students from around the world.

Your work for Parks Canada begins in the spring/early summer at your designated location – see How To Apply below for more details. From July 21 to August 5, 2016 you will participate in the Students on Ice 2016 Arctic Expedition. The adventure will start in Ottawa, with several days of pre-expedition activities. You will then fly to Kuujjuaq, Quebec to board the expedition vessel and set sail for the Canadian Arctic (Auyuittuq National Park) before crossing the Davis Strait to explore the western coast of Greenland ( Travel costs will be funded by Parks Canada.

Throughout the summer you will work at your site in one of a variety of roles, depending on your work location. You will be expected to give presentations about your experiences with Students On Ice and Parks Canada. 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.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility varies depending on location. Please refer to the How To Apply section below for more details.

For positions in Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, participants must be registered in a recognized university or college.

For positions at northern locations, participants must be Aboriginal or northern youth from a community near or in a northern national park that is part of their traditional territory.

The following thirteen positions will be available in 2016:

  • Two positions in Montreal, two positions in Toronto and two positions in Vancouver open to all university and college students across Canada.
  • For Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, one position in Tulita open to Sahtu high school students of the Tulita District.
  • For Ivvavik, Aulavik, and Tuktut Nogait National Parks and Pingo Canadian Landmark, one position in Inuvik, open to Inuvialuit high school students.
  • For Wapusk National Park, one position in Churchill, open to high school 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 high school students.
  • For Torngat Mountains National Park, in Nain, open to Nunavik Inuit and Labrador Inuit high school students.
  • For Sirmilik and Auyuittuq National Parks, one position in Pond Inlet and one position in Pangnirtung, open to Inuit high school students.

Students must be available for work full time for the duration of the posted position. For more details on each position please refer to the How To Apply section below.

Students must possess or be eligible to obtain a passport to participate in the Students on Ice expedition.

Students must have their own residence. Minors must have approved guardians in the community of work and permission of guardians to travel to remote Parks Canada sites.

How to Apply

Application closing dates vary, please refer to the specific competition for the position you are interested in or contact the local SOI Supervisor:

For positions in Montreal and Toronto, contact: Karine Constantineau (, 819-420-9349.

For positions in Vancouver, contact: Dennis Wasylenko (, 604-666-8800.

For Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Tulita, contact: Lyn Elliott (, 613-938-5775.

For Ivvavik, Aulavik, and Tuktut Nogait national parks and Pingo Canadian Landmark, Inuvik, contact: Sarah Culley (, 867-777-8818.

For Wapusk National Park, Churchill, contact: Heather MacLeod (, 204-675-8863.

For Kluane National Park, Haines Junction, contact: Katarina Welsch (, 867-634-2329 extension 203.

For Torngat Mountains National Park, Nain, contact: Jenna Andersen (, 709-922-1037.

For Sirmilik and Auyuittuq National Parks, Pond Inlet and Pangnirtung, contact: Karen Petkau (, 867-975-4668.

Additional information

Students are responsible to secure their own accommodations, and for meals and getting to and from work for the duration of their work with Parks Canada, with the exception of the Students on Ice expedition.

Students must be willing to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.

Students must understand that this is work and an educational expedition, not a vacation. All students must be committed to participate fully in all aspects of the mandatory education program and research activities prior to and during the expedition.

Successful applicants enrolled in expedition field courses must agree to participate in and complete any pre-expedition preparations and/or post-expedition assignments as directed by their respective instructors.

Students must act as an ambassador for their community and be prepared to share their journey and experience with their community and country before during and after the expeditions. Students will be expected to submit stories and pictures for the Parks Canada social media network.

What if I have questions?

Please contact Marie Fernandes for more details.

Marie Fernandes: 819-420-9460