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Q: Where do I look for Parks Canada job postings?
A: Here are places you can find job postings:
- On this website. Current job postings
- Local employment centres
- Local newspapers
- University and College employment centres and websites
- If you are a student apply with the FSWEP program
Q: What types of positions are usually available at Parks Canada?
A: We have term, full-time and seasonal positions or as we call them determinate (term – for which there is a fixed duration, i.e. four months), indeterminate (full time, year round, no fixed duration), and seasonal (no fixed duration for a certain time period, such as summer or six months). Most indeterminate jobs are open internally, and external processes are, for the most part-time, seasonal and determinate competition. Many external applicants use determinate positions to join Parks Canada, which gives them the opportunity to apply on internal competitions in the future.
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Q: Where do I find a job application form?
A: Parks Canada does not use application forms for its staffing processes. The application process usually consists of sending a resume and cover letter via email, fax or mail when a vacant position is posted.
Q: Who can apply?
A: All persons who are legally able to work in Canada may apply.
Q: What do I need to put on my resume to get an interview?
A: Look at the job poster carefully and ensure that you:
- reside in the area of competition or the area of consideration, this information is located next to “Open to”;
- pay special attention to what is listed below the heading Screening Criteria;
- meet all of the screening criteria in order to be selected for an interview;
- describe clearly on your application how you meet the screening criteria; and
- get your application in by the deadline. Late submissions are not accepted.
Q: Will you keep my resume on file for other positions?
A: Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to keep resumes on file for future opportunities.
Q: I have some questions about the job posting, who should I contact?
A: On every job poster there is Contact Person for Further Information. This can usually be found near the bottom of the poster.
Q: I have an interview, what now?
A: Every job posting will include a Statement of Qualifications. Take a look at the factors that are listed under Knowledge, Ability and Personal Suitability. These are areas that you will be asked questions about or be tested on during the interview.
- Start preparing a few days in advance. Do research about Parks Canada and the park or site where the job is located. Familiarize yourself with the position for which you are applying and ensure that at the very least, you have an idea of what the Knowledge factors are.
- Think of good examples of ways you have demonstrated the Abilities and Personal Suitability criteria. You may be asked to describe some previous experiences and it’s helpful to have ideas in advance.
- Interviews are often quite stressful for people – you can find tips on the Internet on how to relax and prepare.
- Make the interview your day's sole priority
- Try to relax and focus.
- Get directions to the interview location
- Be on time
- Listen carefully to the questions and be sure you answer them completely, and as asked.
- Dress appropriately
- Have a good night's sleep.
- Eat right.
Q: The interview is over, what’s next?
A: Usually, you will be told at the conclusion of your interview how quickly you can expect to hear the results. (If not, it’s a good idea to ask!) Generally, count on a week or two after the last interviews. Remember, the interviewing board needs to do reference checks, usually on several candidates, and it can take time to get in touch with everyone. Security screening is also completed at this time and can take a couple of weeks.
Q: I qualified on the competition, what does that mean?
A: If you are the successful candidate, you will be contacted with an offer. At that time you’ll discuss start dates and other logistics. If you qualified and did not get an offer, this means that you demonstrated that you are able to do the job but that one or more candidates scored higher than you. You may get an offer at some point in the future if a similar position opens up (or even for this job later down the road). Competition results are usually valid for one to two years, after which a new process will be held.
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Q: I didn’t qualify on the competition, what does that mean?
A: If you are not offered a job, you will be told that you either did or did not qualify for the job. If you did not qualify it means you did not demonstrate that you meet the criteria defined on the Statement of Qualifications. A pass mark is set by the interview board, which may range from 50 – 85 per cent, depending on the job and the factors assessed. If you did not qualify, then you did not achieve a pass mark in one category, or overall. You may have done very well in some areas, but need to improve in others.
Q: Do I have to wait before I can apply for another competition?
A: No. You can apply as soon as you see another competition that you’re interested in.