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Students on Ice

How to Apply

Applications are due May 5, 2014

Please prepare a letter that includes all of the following sections.

Which position are you applying for?
  Nahanni National Park Reserve
  Ivvavik, Aulavik, Tuktut Nogait National Parks, Pingo Canadian Landmark
  Wapusk National Park
  Kluane National Park
  Torngat Mountains National Park
  Ukkusiksalik, Auyuittuq or Sirmilik National Parks
  1. Personal Information & Eligibility

    1. Eligibility – Indicate which Inuit/First Nations/Metis you are a member of (except for Wapusk National Park)
    2. Full name
    3. Date of birth (you must be 18 years old or younger)
    4. Citizenship 
    5. Complete Address (including postal code) 
    6. Home phone number 
    7. Cell phone number 
    8. Email address 
    9. Indicate whether you have a valid passport or plan to acquire one (you are required to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the trip ends)
    10. Confirmation of availability for full time work from June 30 to August 31, 2014 for students still in high school and from mid-May – August 31 for university/college students.

  2. Education

    Please describe how you meet the following criteria: 
    • You must be enrolled full-time in a secondary or post-secondary institution (or be home-schooled) at the time of application, and be returning to full-time studies for the next academic term. Please indicate your current grade/year, the name and address of your school, and contact information for a teacher or principle (name, mailing address, phone number, email). 
    • You must be 18 years old or under at the time of application, and you must meet provincial or territorial youth employment requirements. 

  3. Language

    • Indicate your English language abilities (reading/writing/speaking)

  4. More about you

    Please answer each the following questions (maximum 225 words per question, please do not attach additional material).
    1. Why do you want to participate on the Students on Ice expedition? 
    2. What does the Arctic represent to you? 
    3. Please describe your volunteer, social media, and community engagement experience. 
    4. In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge that your community faces? What are you doing to address this challenge? 
    5. Please share with us how you have overcome a challenge you’ve faced in your life. 
    6. How will you use you SOI experience to work towards meaningful change in your community, in your country, in the world? 
    7. How would you share traditional and cultural knowledge with other students from around the world on the Students On Ice expedition?

Your answers will be used to rate you against the following criteria. 

  • Ability to seek opportunities to establish new productive relationships; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively 
  • Initiative 
  • Passion for learning 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Leadership 
  • Judgement

Reference Letter

Please provide a letter of reference from someone who knows you well, such as a teacher, principal, school counselor, boss, volunteer supervisor, or a member of your community (not a close relative or family friend).

To assist your reference in preparing a letter, it will be useful to provide them with your application letter and the instructions below.

The reference should comment on some of the following: your academic abilities, character, attitudes, social adaptability, leadership qualities, and how you help in your community. Here are a few suggestions:

  • How long has the referee known the applicant and what is your relationship? 
  • What are the applicant’s greatest strengths? 
  • How does the applicant demonstrate consideration for peers, self-confidence, self-discipline, openness to new ideas, maturity, energy and enthusiasm? 
  • How is the applicant already involved in the community and do you see the applicant committing time and energy after the expedition to presentations, outreach and other community initiatives?

*If desired, referees can send letters directly to Parks Canada at for confidentiality purposes. We ask that referees include the applicant’s name and chosen expedition in the subject line of their email.

Other 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.

Where do I send my completed application?

Please send a complete application package (including your letter and your letter of reference) to Jennifer Johnson. Packages must be received by May 5, 2014.

Parks Canada Agency
Attention: Jennifer Johnson
25 Eddy Street, 4th floor (25-4-N)
Gatineau QC K1A 0M5

What if I have questions?

Please contact Jennifer Johnson for more details.
Jennifer Johnson: 819-953-9497