Northern Outreach Team Member

About Parks Canada's engagement and outreach program

Parks Canada is seeking highly motivated team-players with an interest in Canada's Arctic and with excellent communication skills to deliver dynamic engagement and public outreach programs in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver this summer. Working with other team members, engagement and outreach representatives will engage audiences by:

  • Developing effective interpretive programs and presentations about Northern experiences and places for delivery at urban events and at Parks Canada's partners' venues (e.g. science centres, zoos, aquariums, museums).
  • Creating and contributing content to support Parks Canada's promotions and social media engagement campaigns.
  • Supporting projects, events and initiatives for a variety of Parks Canada places.

To support this work, the successful applicants will participate on a two-week educational expedition to the Canadian arctic and Greenland with Students on Ice.

Northern Engagement and Outreach Team Members will engage Canadians and visitors with inspiring and educational presentations and activities that highlight Parks Canada's protected areas in Northern Canada. Programs will focus on connecting diverse urban audiences, through interactive learning, to raise awareness and stimulate interest in Northern Canada's national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites, wildlife, geography, culture and history. The stories and information you provide will bring Parks Canada experiences to Canadians in urban areas; inspiring them and encouraging them to learn more.

Students will work for approximately 17 weeks between early-May and the end of August, 2018 from Montreal, Ottawa or Vancouver. Students will then work part time (a flexible 7.5 hours a week) from September 2018 to March 2019 (from their school of study). In summer 2018, students will participate in the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition. Positions require students to work variable hours, shift-work, work on weekends and holidays, as well as work in a range of weather conditions.

Successful candidates must commit to the entire summer.

Please apply directly to

  • Applicants must be registered in a recognized university or college program
  • Applicants must have completed one year of full-time, in Canada, post-secondary education by May 2018
  • Applicants must be returning to full-time post-secondary education in September 2018
  • Applicants must be 18-25 years of age
  • Applicants must be a Canadian Citizen or have the legal documentation to work in Canada

Language requirements

  • English, French and Bilingual (English & French) positions available (depending on the work location)

Previous experience

  • Experience creating and delivering presentations / public speaking
  • Experience in volunteerism and/or community engagement
  • Experience using social media for engagement and/or promotional purposes

Only candidates who meet the above requirements will be invited to the next part of the selection process, which will assess the following eligibility criteria:

  • Knowledge of Parks Canada's place, mandate, corporate priorities and program
  • Knowledge of new technologies, media and social networks
Skills and abilities
  • Ability to interact with and present to a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to generate new approaches and solutions
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills
  • General computer knowledge
  • Experience using diverse communication techniques such as storytelling, theatre, music
  • Experience with teaching/interpretation methods for museums, historic sites or nature/wildlife programs
Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates may be established from this selection process and may be used to fill similar positions within Parks Canada with various linguistic profiles and/or requirements, various locations across Canada, and conditions of employment which may vary according to the position being staffed.

Conditions of employment
  • Valid driver's licence
  • Possession of a Canadian Passport valid for at least 6 months after the Arctic Expedition (or must have attained one by the beginning of the employment term)
  • Possession and maintenance of a reliability security clearance (done at time of hiring)
  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform
  • Willingness to work varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime (this job requires work every weekend in the summer)
  • Willingness to work and or travel in varied terrain, adverse weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation, including ocean going vessels.
  • Willingness to set-up, take-down and move equipment
  • Willingness to travel and take part in the Students on Ice Expedition.

May 1 to September 1, 2018, plus remote from September 1 until March 31, 2019, in Canada only

Job closes on October 27, 2017

Approximate salary range

$14.72 to $20.51 per hour (based on education and experience – under review)

Hours of work

37.5 hours per week

Please apply directly to with a cover letter showing how you meet the position requirements and each previous experiences, two letters of reference and resume. One of the reference letters must address your leadership qualities. Clearly indicate the location for which you are applying (Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver). If you are interested in more than one location, please indicate an order of preference (1-2-3). The onus is on the candidate to submit an application that addresses directly the previous experience and requirements we are looking for. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or (possibly) missing information. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected. Only successful candidates will be invited to move to the next stage in the selection process.