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The Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program

Applications for the 2017 Parks Canada Youth Ambassador Program will be accepted between November 13 and 11:59 pm PST November 20, 2016.

All applicants must include a Cover Letter, CV and one letter of reference. Your cover letter must clearly demonstrate how you meet the position requirements for education, language and experience. Applicants will not be contacted about incomplete or missing information.

All application documents and any inquiries should be sent to

If you miss the November 20 closing date there is still an opportunity to apply. Individuals interested in applying after November 20 must participate in a Global Vision Economic Round Table (dates and details below). The deadline for these applicants will be early 2017. A deadline date will be provided shortly.

Dates for attending a Global Vision Economic Round Tables

Ottawa: October 22-23, 2016
Toronto: November 5-6, 2016
Frederiction: November 24-26, 2016
Montréal: January 2017 (Dates To Be Announced)
Saskatchewan: January 2017 (Dates To Be Announced)

For further details and registration, please visit:

Interested in applying for one of these positions?

  • Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years of age as of May 1st 2016.
  • You must be a full time student and intend to return to school / college / university / CEGEP as a full-time student at the end of your summer term of fulltime employment (2016).
  • You are passionate about Canada’s natural and cultural heritage and want to share this passion with other young Canadians.

See the complete position requirements and statement of qualifications below.

Global Vision

The recruitment process for the Youth Ambassador program is supported by Global Vision, a Canadian non-profit organization with over 20 years of experience in championing the enterprising spirit of young Canadians in the promotion of Canadian industry and culture. They have an established record for engaging Canadian youth and supporting the development of these youth. Global Vision regional economic round tables and or Global Leader Centre sessions across Canada for young Canadians who are looking for new challenges. Requiring Parks Canada Youth Ambassador applicants to attend a round table has been an effective way for Parks Canada to meet the potential youth ambassador program applicants, observe their initiative and creativity, along with their presentation and group work skills.

Interested applicants must attend an upcoming Round Tables offered by Global Vision or have attended one in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016.

You can also apply if you have participated in one of the regional Leader Centre program or a Round Table held since February 2012 and meet all other application criteria. There is a registration fee to participate in the Round Tables. The fee covers the cost of transportation and/or accommodation and meals to the sessions closest to your province of residence.

To register for one of the upcoming Round Tables go to Global Vision.

Required documentation:
If you are applying for these positions please provide:

  1. A cover letter showing how you meet the 5 Experiences Criteria Requested.
  2. A current resume and a reference letter that demonstrates your ability to engage other young adults

Statement Of Qualifications

Parks Canada Youth Ambassadors Program
External Relations and Visitor Experience
External Relations Branch

Applicants Will Be Screened Against The Following Criteria And Must Clearly Indicate That They Meet The Established Criteria.

  • Must be a full-time student in an accredited institution, and be returning to full-time studies for the next academic term.
  • English or French Essential
  • Bilingualism
  • Experience in volunteerism and community engagement
  • Experience using social media
  • Experience in creating and delivering presentations
  • Experience planning and organizing public events
  • Experience in public speaking

Applicants Will Be Rated Against The Following Criteria And May Be Rated Against Education And Experience.

  • Knowledge of Parks Canada’s places, mandate, corporate priorities and programs;
  • Knowledge of new technologies, media and social networks;
  • Knowledge of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their vision and values;
  • Ability to use creative and innovative ways to engage youth both locally and beyond
  • Ability to promote the mandate and experiences offered by Parks Canada
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to seek opportunities to establish new productive relationships;
  • Ability to create and expand social networks
  • Ability to manage time
Personal Suitability:
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leadership
  • Judgement
  • Creative
Condition of employment:
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Be available for work full time from May to August 2016, then part-time from September 2015 to April 2017.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Requirement to live in the National Capital Region from May until August.
  • Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.
  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform when required.
  • Requirement to work irregular hours, overtime, evenings, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required.
  • Willingness to work from various locations.
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including overnight and/or weekends.

Other information

Challenge (work environment, task, colleagues):
  • Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world. There are 168 national historic sites, 46 national parks and 4 national marine conservation areas located throughout Canada.
  • An international leader in the areas of natural and historic heritage conservation, species at risk protection and restoration, and in tourism, Parks Canada has for the past 125 years, consistently worked to preserve and maintain this national living heritage - a cultural legacy for all Canadians.
  • All these unique and exceptional places represent the very essence of Canada. They tell its story and offer an unforgettable and unique experience for visitors who are looking to discover the real Canada.
  • As a Parks Canada Youth Ambassador you will get the opportunity to visit and experience some of these unique and special places. Your challenge will be to bring these Parks Canada experiences to young Canadians where they live, study, work and play and encourage young Canadians to learn more about their natural and cultural treasures and inspire them to share their experiences with others.
  • If you enjoy stimulating challenges, like to experience new places, can plan and execute a special event, and are a talented communicator who is creative and knows how to use social media tools, this challenge will be of interest to you.
  • The onus is on the candidate to submit an application that addresses directly the screening requirements of the competition (education and experience). Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or (possibly) missing information. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.
  • Gatineau, QC from May 2016 until August 2016 and remote from September 2016 until March 31st 2017 in Canada.