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Visitor Safety Mountain Rescue Apprentice – EG-03

Reference number: CAP22J-021443-000044
Selection process number: 2022-PKS-JNP-EA-VAR-075
Parks Canada
Jasper National Park of Canada (Alberta)
$57,924 to $70,474 (currently under review)

Closing date: 3 October 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Parks Canada Agency considers applications from 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.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, 2SLGBTQIA+, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

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The successful candidate will work as a member of the Resource Conservation team in Visitor Safety, reporting to the Visitor Safety Supervisor. You will be called upon to participate in all technical and non-technical ground search and rescue, swift-water, and avalanche related emergency responses as well as cross-functional wildlife co-existence response activities. You will work directly under senior public Avalanche Forecasters in the collection of field observations and snowpack data in the publication of the daily public avalanche forecast. You will participate in Highways Avalanche Control operations, including all mitigation measures like deployment of explosives. You will be asked to participate in internal and professional development training and may assist in the delivery of Visitor Safety training to other park staff and/or departments. You may be asked to participate in technical responses to significant occurrences in other field units within the Mountain National parks.

Work environment

Be part of an inspiring team! Parks Canada is a world leader in natural and cultural conservation, Canada's largest provider of natural and historic visitor facilities and manager of destinations that form the cornerstones of the Canadian tourism industry.

Have you ever thought of establishing a career in one of Canada's most amazing and iconic places? Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas offer opportunities to work in unique locations and live the ultimate Canadian experience.

If you are interested in this opportunity, why not consider a career for the Parks Canada Agency?
We offer:
• Rewarding work in every corner of the country;
• Learning opportunities that promote individual and organizational excellence;
• An opportunity to experience our rich natural and cultural heritage first-hand;
• Employment with dedicated colleagues in a well-respected federal organization:
• An opportunity to connect with Canadians at their most valued natural and cultural treasures.

Intent of the process

This process is intended to fill 1 term position in Jasper National Park commencing November 2022 and may be used for filling vacancies with the same work description and various lengths of season and various work locations.

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)


- Completion of secondary school or Public Service Commission approved alternative.

Degree equivalency


- Varied experience in any human-powered adventures; especially in Jasper National Park.

- Strong skiing ability, especially in back-country touring using touring/split-board equipment.

- Strong computer skills, especially using Microsoft tools, databases and web based applications.

- Understanding in the use of topographical maps, mapping applications, and geo-browser satellite imagery software (eg. Google Earth).

- Experience and confidence in an outdoor leadership role.

- Experience participating in a dynamic work environment requiring a high level of fitness.

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

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

- Current 80-hour Advance Wilderness First-Aid or equivalent.

- Canadian Avalanche Association, Avalanche Operations Level 1, 2.

- Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Member in good standing.

- Previous or current Parks Canada job experience.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


- Knowledge of Parks Canada’s vision, mandate and corporate objectives, especially as they apply to recreational activities in the National Parks.


- Ability to liaise, manage and foster local partnerships and community initiatives.
- Ability to follow established practices and procedures as well as to adapt them to changing
circumstances and conditions.
- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.
- Ability to respond effectively to emergency situations including backcountry rescues and motor vehicle collisions.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to manage risk and the application of mitigation theory and methods.


- Exercises sound judgment.
- Personally connects with people.
- Makes things happen.
- Communicates effectively.
- Takes responsibility.
- Knows oneself.
- Strives for excellence.

Conditions of employment

- Reliability Status security clearance.
- Maintenance of a valid Driver's License.
- Will be required to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks.
- Ability to travel over varied and difficult terrain on foot/skis, carrying a 15kg backpack.
- Ability to drag 50kg weight over gravel for 50m.


- Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment.
- Willingness to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.
- Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays, when required.
- Willingness to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) as required.

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

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.

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

Contact information

Deryl Kelly
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