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Park Warden - Experienced Officer Training Program

Reference number: CAP21J-021155-000111
Selection process number: 2021-02-CAP-OC-0056
Parks Canada Agency - Law Enforcement Branch
Various locations
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Specified period
$66,807 to $75,963

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency! Parks Canada Web site

Closing date: 14 February 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Work environment

Parks Canada is responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Park wardens play a key role in supporting the Parks Canada mandate by providing law enforcement services focused on the protection of natural and cultural resources, public education and ensuring quality visitor experiences. They are responsible for enforcing all legislation related to Parks Canada’s full mandate on all lands and waters it administers.

Parks Canada is looking to hire experienced law enforcement officers to become park wardens. Park wardens are specialized in, and dedicated to, law enforcement. They are peace officers within the meaning of the Criminal Code, and as such they have the powers, duties and protection provided by law to peace officers. They are expected to meet high standards of behaviour which are above those of other employees, both on and off duty, in line with the Park Warden Code of Conduct. Park wardens wear a distinctive uniform and carry personal protective equipment, including a sidearm, a defensive baton and OC spray (“pepper spray”). Their duties involve all facets of law enforcement work including conducting investigations, taking statements, searching, seizing, arresting, preparing court briefs and giving evidence during trials.

Please consult the “Conditions of Employment” section of this poster for a full list of the requirements associated with the park warden position.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to create a pool of qualified candidates to staff positions with various tenures, locations, language requirements or language profiles for various future permanent and/or temporary vacancies within the Law Enforcement Branch.

As of February 15, 2021, there is one (1) full-time, year-round indeterminate position at Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area and one (1) full-time, year-round indeterminate position at Pukaskwa National Park in Nipigon or Marathon, Ontario. New vacancies across Canada regularly become available and we are looking for experienced officers to fill these positions.

**The first pull of candidate applications could happen as early as March 1, 2021, to staff positions of various language requirements. Successful candidates will undergo intensive training in spring 2021. **

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


EDU1: Successful completion of post-secondary education with a diploma or degree in a field related to the position. An acceptable combination of education and applicable experience as an armed peace officer may be considered for the post-secondary education requirement.

EDU2: Successful completion of either a recognized Canadian Natural Resources Enforcement Training Academy program to become an armed conservation officer or equivalent, or a recognized Canada Police Training Academy program.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Significant* experience working in a job related to law enforcement work as an armed (sidearm carrying) peace officer. Must be a peace officer as defined in section 2 (c) or (e), of the criminal code or as defined as per provincial, territorial or federal designations to perform law enforcement duties in public peace or resource conservation responsibilities;

EX2: Experience working in collaboration with various internal or external law enforcement partners.

*Significant is defined as the depth and breadth normally gained over 2 continuous years or 24 months total of active work if seasonal.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements


A1: Ability to conduct law enforcement and compliance activities;
A2: Ability to resolve conflicts;
A3: Ability to prioritize the work;
A4: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
A5: Ability to develop collaborative relationships with clients and partners, account for multiple perspectives, and build consensus.


PS1: Personally connects with people;
PS2: Exercises sound judgment;
PS3: Demonstrates integrity and highly ethical conduct;
PS4: Achieves results.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


AEX1: Experience conducting large and complex investigations;
AEX2: Experience travelling and/or conducting law enforcement duties in the backcountry (e.g. skis and snowmobiles), in front-country (e.g. on foot for long hikes, on ATV, and on bikes), on water (e.g. self-propelled and/or motorized vessels) and on horseback.

Conditions of employment

• Obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. Your security clearance must be maintained throughout your employment as park warden and throughout your employment with Parks Canada. As peace officers, park wardens must have no criminal record on file. Candidates will be asked for a misconduct or performance disclosure.
• Successfully pass a pre-employment medical exam and periodic medical checks in accordance with Parks Canada’s occupational health monitoring requirements.
• Successfully pass a psychological evaluation ** to assess suitability to perform law enforcement duties and carry a sidearm.
• Successfully pass a physical ability test and maintain an approved standard of physical abilities related to the duties of the position.
• Obtain and maintain a St-John’s Ambulance Standard First Aid Certificate or equivalent and CPR Level C certificate (Wilderness First Aid where required).
• Successfully complete the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course.
• Possess or obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license for the province/territory applicable to this offer of employment (emergency vehicle class if required).
• Possess or obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card.
• Obtain and maintain Parks Canada law enforcement certification.
• Required to carry a sidearm and other personal protective equipment.
• Required to undertake training to maintain or upgrade knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.
• Required to wear the issued park warden uniform and protective clothing, in accordance with the Parks Canada Uniform Policy.
• Required to travel for extended periods, sometimes to remote locations by various modes, and on short notice. As such, you will be subject to the Parks Canada Travel Directive.
• Required to work irregular hours, overtime, shifts and/or weekends, and/or statutory and provincial/territorial holidays. Compensation will be as prescribed in the applicable Collective Agreement and/or Terms and Conditions of Employment applicable to you.
• Required to work and/or travel in a variety of terrains and degrees of isolation for various periods in all weather conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time.
• Required to be assigned to all types of law enforcement activities and be assigned to a temporary workplace in any part of the country in order to meet law enforcement needs.

**Please note that results from psychological assessments conducted at Parks Canada's request as part of a competition to fill park warden or park warden-supervisor positions are valid for two (2) years. As a result, if you received a "does not meet" rating at a psychological assessment as described above, your application will be automatically rejected.

You must possess at least two (2) years of significant law enforcement experience as an armed peace officer who has successfully completed training in either a recognized Canadian Natural Resource Enforcement Training Academy or recognized Canadian Police Training Academy. Please make sure to provide all relevant information so that you can be assessed against the required criteria, otherwise your application will not be assessed.

Successful completion of the Parks Canada Agency Experienced Officer Training Program, (EOTP) is a condition of your offer. The EOTP is a mandatory 4 to 6-week course offered in a location to be confirmed at a later date, and is tentatively scheduled to take place in the spring of 2021. More information will be provided regarding the EOTP to candidates who meet the identified selection criteria and who accept a conditional offer of employment.

In order to prepare your candidacy, please note that if you are screened-in to the competition, you will be asked to provide the documents below. More information for the screened-in candidates will be provided at an appropriate time.
• Proof of education;
• Valid driver’s licence;
• Pleasure craft operator’s card;
• Completed personnel screening, consent and authorization form;
• Completed security clearance form;
• Completed list of references.

At a later date:
• First aid and CPR level C;
• A physical abilities evaluation;
• Medical evaluation results (sent by your physician);
• Measures for uniform.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI.

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.

Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

Tips for applicants:
• Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
• Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
• Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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