Selection process number: 2023-CAP-RPAD-EA-7031
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As a member of the Technical and Specialist Services team, reporting to the Manager, Buildings & Grounds, you will provide structural engineering leadership, expertise and guidance for the rejuvenation, rehabilitation, maintenance, and sustainable management of Parks Canada’s contemporary and heritage assets administered by the Yukon Field Unit.
Your duties as a Structural Engineer include but are not limited to the following:
• Provide expert advice, guidance, and direction, including assessments and investigations during maintenance, rehabilitation, and new construction work to inform sound asset life cycle management decision-making.
• Inspect assets, perform engineering analysis, and prepare technical documents such as building condition assessments, feasibility studies, options analyses, conceptual and schematic designs, drawings, specifications, schedules, and cost estimates.
• Support the procurement of engineering and architectural consultants and contracted services.
• Review technical documents related to the maintenance and rehabilitation of built assets from a structural and conservation engineering point of view to support successful asset life cycle management, to provide confidence that quality requirements are fulfilled and to ensure compliance and/or alignment with Agency standards, guidelines and engineering and conservation best practices.
• Contribute to increased knowledge, innovation, leadership, and expertise within the Agency’s asset management and built heritage conservation communities.
Parks Canada is seeking an experienced professional engineer who share our passion and commitment for the stewardship of Canada’s outstanding collection of cultural and natural resources.
Parks Canada is the world’s first national parks service, established in May 1911. We protect and provide opportunities for visitors to experience and enjoy a vast network of cultural and natural heritage places that include 171 national historic sites, 48 national parks, five national marine conservation areas and one national urban park.
The Yukon Field Unit is one of the most diverse field units across the country. Geographically dispersed over 1200km across the Yukon, northern BC, and into Alaska, we offer a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors and staff. Our sites offer diverse and varied opportunities to explore Yukon’s beautiful landscape – from the glorious SS Klondike National Historic Site in Whitehorse, to the fabled Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, to Canada’s largest ice field and extreme peaks in Kluane National Park and Reserve, extending to the colorful Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson, to Vuntut National Park located above the Arctic Circle.
The Technical Services team includes 20 Subject Matter Experts of various disciplines including Bridge Engineer, Civil Engineer, Contemporary and Conservation Architects, Dam Safety Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Fire Protection Engineers, Landscape Architects, Mechanical Engineer, Radio Communication Engineer, Structural Engineer, Water / Wastewater Engineer, etc. who support 36 Field Units across Canada.
Join our team and help ensure the sustainability Parks Canada’s incredible built assets portfolio to enable people to discover and connect with our parks and sites, today and into the future.
Intent of the process
This process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic profiles in same or other parts of the country.
From the work locations currently listed on the poster, please clearly identify in your application the work location(s) in which you are prepared to work.
Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide
A covering letter "max 2,000 words"
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
ED: Graduation with a degree from a recognized university in Engineering with a specialization in structural engineering.
OC: Eligibility for certification as a professional engineer in Canada with specialization in an engineering specialty relevant to the position. Proof of eligibility must be submitted with the application.
OC: Holder of a professional engineer license issued by a professional engineering regulator in Canada. Proof of license must be submitted with the application.
Recent and significant* experience practicing structural engineering related to contemporary and heritage built assets** in the following activities:
EX1: Conducting site investigations and condition assessments, preparing feasibility studies and options analyses for new, maintenance and rehabilitation work;
EX2: Preparing conceptual and detailed designs, drawings, specifications, cost estimates, and schedules for new, maintenance and rehabilitation work;
EX3: Preparing statements of work/ terms of reference to hire consultants and providing quality assurance reviews of reports, drawings, specifications and other documents;
EX4: Providing onsite quality assurance reviews and advice, guidance and direction during new, maintenance and rehabilitation work;
EX5: Establishing engineering strategies in view of preserving the historic value of heritage assets undergoing maintenance and rehabilitation work;
EX6: Experience involving wood/timber, masonry, concrete and/or steel structures.
*Recent and significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be gained over a period of at least five (5) years in the past eight (8) years, with that experience performed over a broad range of buildings and structural system types typical of those found at Parks Canada sites.
**Heritage assets are properties designated at federal, provincial, territorial and/or municipal government levels.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Bilingual (English, French) will be considered as an asset
Information on language requirements
K1: Knowledge of structural engineering theories, principles, best practices, past and current codes and standards, including the National Building Code of Canada, related to the design, construction, inspection, maintenance, stabilization and rehabilitation of built assets;
K2: Knowledge of the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada;
K3: Knowledge of material properties, deterioration mechanisms, and investigation techniques relevant to the preservation of historic construction materials including wood/timber, masonry, steel, and concrete;
K4: Knowledge of stabilization, repair, and rehabilitation techniques for historic construction materials;
K5: Ability to perform engineering analyses and design of structural components of buildings;
K6: Knowledge of the Canadian National Master Construction Specifications.
A1: Ability to assess complex information and situations, and to develop strategic recommendations and solutions;
A2: Ability to adapt to change, shifting priorities;
A3: Ability to negotiate, reach agreements, build trust;
A4: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to summarize and substantiate decisions in a clear and concise fashion;
A5: Ability to prepare structural plans using AutoCAD software.
PS1: Personally connect with people, both one-on-one and as a member of a team;
PS2: Exercise sound judgment;
PS3: Make things happen;
PS4: Strive for excellence;
PS5: Work independently and proactively;
PS6: Promote innovation.
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
AE1: Experience with the unique challenges of designing structures in remote northern climates, ex. Yukon, Nunavut, NWT;
AE2: Versed in historical wooden building methods, experience with timber framing, experience with wooden boat building, comprehension of wood species and their capabilities, understanding of wood grading and grain structure;
AE3: Knowledge and application of CSA O86 - Engineering design in wood, Canadian Wood Council;
AE4: Experience with 3D structural modelling and analysis software, experience with wood design software (ex. WoodWorks, SAFI GSE, Recap Pro);
AE5: Experience with organizations that promote heritage conservation.
• Willing to wear identifier clothing and required safety equipment;
• Willing to travel to various locations in Canada and work in a variety of weather conditions and terrain for extended periods of time;
• Willing to work overtime, on weekends and/or statutory holidays to meet high priority operational requirements.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance
Valid passenger vehicle driver’s license.
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.
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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.
Parks Canada is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to Parks Canada continue to be part of the Public Service. Parks Canada 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.
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