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Interpretation Officer / Coordinator III

Reference number: CAP21J-019719-000032
Selection process number: 2021-CAP-CBC-GI-OC-134
Parks Canada - Coastal BC Field Unit, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
Sidney (British Columbia)
PM-03 - Interpretation Officer / Coordinator III
Approximately mid-January – early November annually (FTE 0.80)
$65,747 to $70,841 (salary under review)

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Closing date: 28 September 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All individuals 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.

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Do you love the outdoors? Are you passionate about educating visitors about natural and cultural history in creative and innovative ways? Are you an effective leader who can inspire a team to achieve their goals? If you answered “yes” to these questions, the position of Interpretation Coordinator at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve may be the job for you!

As Interpretation Coordinator, you will oversee the planning and development, as well as some delivery, of interpretation programs, outreach activities, non-personal interpretation, and special events at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. You will have the opportunity to build your own team as you hire, train, and supervise a small seasonal team of interpretation officers and students. As a supervisor and leader, your positive attitude and your ability to motivate and direct the work of others in support of a common goal is key.

In this role, you will:
- Play a lead role in the short and long term planning of the interpretation offer at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve;
- Hire, train, and supervise seasonal staff;
- Deliver, co-deliver, and/or oversee interpretation programs during the summer months;
- Develop non-personal media products (e.g. interpretive signage, self guided programs);
- Work closely with other members of the Visitor Experience department, and cross functionally within the national park reserve;
- Frequently collaborate with members of Indigenous communities, partners, stakeholders, and volunteers in the development and delivery of interpretation programs.

The Interpretation Coordinator is a dynamic, diverse, and rewarding position for those seeking a new challenge!

Work environment

Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values. Diverse teams bring different perspectives and creative ideas that benefit our clients, the communities we serve and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from individuals with diverse abilities and from all backgrounds and identities.

Parks Canada is a federal government agency 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.

Intent of the process

A qualifying list will be established and may be used to fill similar positions of various tenures (indeterminate, seasonal, temporary, full-time, part-time), linguistic requirements and various locations within the Coastal BC Field Unit and the Parks Canada Agency.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

• Graduation from post-secondary studies (minimum of 2 year program) in a relevant discipline such as heritage interpretation, communications, education, performance arts, drama, history, tourism, marketing, OR an acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position.

Degree equivalency

• Experience in planning, developing, delivering and evaluating interpretive and/or educational programs for a wide range of audiences using a variety of presentation techniques.
• Experience in supervising staff and leading teams (hiring, scheduling, work planning, occupational health and safety, and performance management).
• Experience developing and delivering interpretive training programs to staff, students, and/or volunteers.
• Experience in working with stakeholders and/or partners in the development and delivery of interpretive and/or outreach programs or events.
• Experience managing financial resources (e.g., developing and overseeing budgets for events and/or programs).

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

The following is not essential to the job, but would be an asset in carrying out the duties of the position. It may be used in screening, assessment or determining right fit for this selection process:

• Experience in working with Indigenous groups or individuals in the development and delivery of interpretive programs and/or events.
• Experience in planning, developing and delivering non-personal media (e.g., signage, brochures, self-guided tours).

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of current trends in personal and non-personal interpretive theory, techniques, planning, and evaluation.
• Knowledge of the role of interpretation relevant to delivering Parks Canada’s mandate.

• Ability to analyse issues and opportunities and come up with creative solutions.
• Ability to manager resources (time, financial, human, physical, and information) in order to achieve planned goals.
• Team Leadership – Assuming a leadership role in helping others achieve excellent results.
• Planning and Organizing – Developing, implementing, evaluating and adjusting plans to reach goals, while ensuring the optimal use of resources.
• Communication through interpretation – listening to others and communicating articulately to inform, influence and involve.
• Initiative - Dealing with situations and issues proactively and persistently, seizing opportunities that arise.
• Ability to organize and maintain peer networks, partner, and other collaborative relationships.

• Sound judgment.
• Communicates effectively (written and oral).
• Personally connects with people.
• Takes responsibility.

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

The following is not essential to the job, but would be an asset in carrying out the duties of the position. It may be used in the assessment or determining right fit for this selection process:

• Ability to work collaboratively with Indigenous organisations.

Conditions of employment

• Reliability Status security clearance
• Possession and maintenance of a valid class 5 Driver’s License
• Obtain and maintain valid first aid and CPR certification (training provided)
• Obtain and maintain certification in marine vessel operation (training will be provided).

The position requires the incumbent to:
• Sit or stand during extended periods (75-85% of the day)
• Be exposed to variable weather conditions when moving between facilities and working outdoors
• Work/ travel in varied terrain, marine and weather conditions throughout the GINPR work area and by various means of transportation
• Operate vessels in a marine environment
• Be exposed to noxious odours from car and/or boat fumes
• Provide emergency first-response services and possess and obtain and maintain First Aid and CPR certification (provided)
• Be exposed to stress when responding to fluctuating, unpredictable visitor demands and requirements
• Supervise staff directly or through subordinate supervisors
• Wear a Parks Canada uniform and abide uniform policy
• Occasionally work shift work, and/or evenings, and/or weekends and/or statutory holidays and/or provincial/territorial holidays

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

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

Contact information

Coastal BC Human Resources
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