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Operations Coordinator Sable Island National Park Reserve

Reference number: CAP23J-014889-000104
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-MNS-I-RM-OC-26
Parks Canada - Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit
Halifax (Nova Scotia)
$63,720 to $77,523 (Salary under review)

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Closing date: 28 May 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.

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Explore. Discover. Make a difference.

Do you want to work in one of the most unique and exciting locations in Canada? Do you want to explore new challenges in your career, discover your full potential and help strengthen a world-class organization? Then become part of the team at Parks Canada, an internationally renowned agency dedicated to protecting Canada's natural, historical and cultural treasures and presenting them for the world to appreciate and enjoy.

Responsible for the management of Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada is currently building its capacity and recruiting its leaders of the future.

Take a leadership role at Sable Island National Park Reserve, a landscape with rich history and incredible ecological significance that captures people's hearts and imaginations. Seize this unique opportunity by submitting your résumé with a cover letter that clearly demonstrates how you meet the requirements for the position as set out below.

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 will accept on-line applications received via the Public Service Resourcing System (GCJobs site) or via email at rhugnec-mnsfuhr@pc.gc.ca.

When preparing your cover letter, you must provide specific examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and each of the 5 experience requirements listed under "Essential Qualifications".

We can’t make any assumptions about your experience. Simply saying you have the required qualifications or listing your current duties is not enough. Instead, provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly explain where, when, and how you gained the experience. We’ll only use your résumé as a secondary source of information. If you don’t clearly demonstrate you have the required experience, we won’t ask for additional information and you may be screened out.

If at any point you are struggling with your application or have questions about what we are asking for, please reach out to one of the contacts listed at the bottom of this poster.


Parks Canada is focused on protecting the natural and cultural heritage of Sable Island National Park Reserve, on carefully managing visitors who come to experience it, and on sharing the stories of this special place with Canadians.

As one of two Operations Coordinators for Parks Canada on Sable Island, you will take turns being responsible for a complex and exciting day to day operation in a very remote and adventurous site on Canada's furthest offshore island. In this role you will be coordinating access to the island by sea and by air, managing day to day logistics, and looking after the base of operations for island staff and visitors. When not on the island, you will be based in Halifax working alongside Parks Canada team members to support the operation of the island and to advance key objectives for the national park.

Sable Island has a long legacy of research that continues today. Parks Canada works collaboratively with many partners in protecting and researching this dynamic island. In your role as Operations Coordinator, you will be working closely with a variety of partners to support, manage, and facilitate exciting research and monitoring projects and you will be directly involved in various aspects of the significant fieldwork that occurs across the island.

Parks Canada welcomes a small amount of visitors to this spectacular island per year, and carefully manages these visits to ensure the protection of natural and cultural resources. As the Operations Coordinator, you will assist with detailed trip planning, meet visitors upon their arrival to provide mandatory orientation and safety briefings, share stories of the island, and facilitate exceptional visitor experiences.

You will play a leadership role as the senior Parks Canada and Government of Canada representative on the island. You will lead Parks Canada team members under your supervision, and will provide leadership and support to other island users and programs. You will have the primary role in responding to incidents and managing emergency procedures. You will be responsible for coordinating re-supply of provisions to support the remote site operation. You will also manage the remote site infrastructure and facilities, with the support of a skilled Maintenance Worker, to ensure self-sufficiency and sound environmental management at a remote location.

The role of Operations Coordinator demands innovation, collaboration, resourcefulness, technical skill, and fortitude. It also offers a great opportunity to those with a sense of adventure and a desire to find meaningful work.

Work environment

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.

The work environment for the Operations Coordinator for Sable Island National Park Reserve includes a year round position with rotating two-month remote field deployments interspersed by two-month office-based rotations in Parks Canada offices in Halifax. As a year round remote site operation, this requires two Operations Coordinators to work in rotation with a total of six months remote site deployment per position per year. On the island, the Operations Coordinator is supported at all times by a skilled Maintenance Worker and as required by other functional Parks Canada staff (ecologist, visitor experience and external relations staff, Operations Manager, Park Manager etc.).

This is an exciting opportunity where you have remote site national park work experience, but can live in the dynamic urban community of Halifax. On the island, you will live in shared accommodations provided by Parks Canada. Food is provided by Parks Canada.

Parks Canada's operation on the island is year-round, so the work involves tasks in varied terrain in all types of weather with moderate and continual physical effort. Remote site deployments include substantial time away from home and require excellent personal skills to live and work in small and integrated teams.

In addition to the base salary ($59,154 to $77,523) the Operations Coordinator also receives additional remuneration due to on-island operational requirements related to standby and overtime pay. Standby is required at all times when on the island for non-regular work hours, and is compensated at the rate of one-half hour for each 4 hour standby period. Significant overtime is required based on schedules for projects, flights, and vessel operations. When on the island, the Operations Coordinator is also under travel status (minus meal entitlements).

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff one indeterminate Operations Coordinator position for Sable Island National Park Reserve, EG 04, in the Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit.

Preference may be given to qualified candidates who self-identify as Indigenous, visible minorities or persons with disabilities. As such, we encourage you to self-identify in your application.

Given that the positions are located in Nova Scotia, we encourage members of the African Nova-Scotian and Mi’kmaq communities to apply and self-identify.

This process will also 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.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "A covering letter in 1,500 words (maximum) "Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Essential Qualifications (see below). Applicants must list both of these factors in their cover letter, and then write one or two paragraphs for each demonstrating how they meet these factors by providing concrete examples. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that these factors are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the cover letter. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the Education and Experience factors found on the Essential Qualifications (see below), may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information."

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Graduation from a post-secondary institute with a technical diploma in one of the following specialties: architectural, building, construction, civil, electrical, mechanical or structural,


An acceptable combination of education, training and experience in a field related to the position.

Proof of your education credentials is required at time of application submission, please email to rhugnec-mnsfuhr@pc.gc.ca.

Degree equivalency

• Experience coordinating logistics, scheduling and operations in a remote environment/field setting.
• Experience managing the operations of facilities and assets, such as buildings, vehicles, specialized equipment, or technical systems in a remote isolated environment or field setting.
• Experience with standard operating procedures for aircraft and/or boat transportation, aviation and/or marine safety.
• Experience with emergency response in one or more of the following areas: emergency planning, incident command, visitor safety, search and rescue, environmental emergency response, and/or health and safety.
• Experience in supervision and leading teams.

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 relate to environmental management, asset management, and natural resource conservation.
• Knowledge of principles and practices related to facility, building, asset, and infrastructure management.
• Knowledge of environmental management techniques and principles.

• Ability to lead, motivate, and manage a team, and to manage and resolve conflict.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of interests (i.e. visitors, employees, colleagues, researchers, networks, external partners and stakeholders).
• Ability to use basic computer technology and programs such as email, spreadsheets, word documents, instrument panels, etc.
• Ability to work independently in a remote setting for extended periods of time.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Exercises sound judgment;
• Personally connects with people;
• Takes Responsibility;
• Strives for Excellence;
• Makes things happen.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - A security status screening is undertaken by Parks Canada for candidates who are successful in the competition. Our Human Resource team is available to answer any questions applicants may have on this process and are able to make accommodations during this process if requested.

Possession of a valid class 5 driver's license

Will be required to undergo and pass a pre-placement and periodic occupational health evaluation.

Other information

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.

Information on employment equity: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/employment-equity.html

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

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site:

Parks Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation and renewing the relationship with Indigenous peoples: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1400782178444/1529183710887

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

Laura Martin, HR Advisor Mathieu D'Astous, A/Park Manager Sable Island National Park Reserve
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