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Interpretation Officer/Coordinator II

Reference number: CAP23J-011557-000360
Selection process number: 2023-CAP-ECO-BPNP-Seas-Adv-004
Parks Canada - Eastern and Central Ontario Field Unit - Bruce Peninsula National Park / Fathom Five National Marine Park
Tobermory (Ontario)
PM-02 - Interpretation Officer/Coordinator
Seasonal Full time (March to October)
$61,341 to $66,089 (Salary under review)

Closing date: 4 April 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Open to persons residing in the province of Ontario. Preference may be given to local residents and registered members of Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

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


Plans, adapts, develops and delivers interpretive presentations, programs and activities to provide visitors of the parks with opportunities to discover, appreciate, learn about and enjoy the places and their natural and/or cultural resources and understand their significance to Canada.

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. As Canada’s largest tourism provider, Parks Canada is committed to facilitating safe, enjoyable experiences for visitors and providing opportunities to create meaningful connections to these places. Providing high-quality services that meet the needs and expectations of visitors is fundamental to this commitment.

Bruce Peninsula National Park (BPNP) and Fathom Five National Marine Park (FFNMP) are among Parks Canada’s most popular places, welcoming over 800,000 visitors each year. The Visitor Services team consists of over 20 front-line staff responsible for visitor registration and orientation, operation of day use areas and campgrounds, and providing support for many types of recreational activities.

Intent of the process

This process is intended to fill existing vacancy(ies) but may be used to fill anticipated vacancy(ies) with the same or similar work description and language requirements, including indeterminate (permanent) and term opportunities, or in different locations.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

A minimum of 2 years post-secondary education or acceptable combination of education, training, experience or traditional knowledge relevant to position

Note: Acceptable combination of education, training and experience:

A secondary school diploma AND
▪ Successful completion of a minimum of three (3) courses relevant to the duties of the position (e.g. courses taken through continuing education facilities, colleges, universities, professional or governmental organizations or employers including training provided by Indigenous elders or group that may include but are not limited to courses in heritage interpretation, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, communications, public speaking, performing arts); AND
• A minimum of 12 months experience working in the fields of education, interpretation, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, and/or outreach-communications.

Degree equivalency

• Experience in the development and delivery of natural and/or cultural interpretive programs to a wide range of audiences using a variety of presentation techniques;
• Experience or a strong interest in developing and nurturing relationships with First Nations, Indigenous and non-indigenous groups, individuals and communities with varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences; and
• Experience in supervision.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of interpretive theory and techniques such as dialogic interpretation, storytelling or guided outdoor programs;
• Knowledge of Saugeen Ojibway Nation community, culture, and history; and
• Knowledge of natural and cultural heritage specific to the site/park

• Adaptability - Adapting in order to work effectively in ambiguous or changing situations, and with diverse individuals and groups
• Creativity and Innovation - Generating viable, new approaches and solutions
• Managing Resources - Manages resources (time, financial, human, physical and information resources) to achieve planned goals

• Safety
• Sound judgment
• Personally connects with others
• Strives for excellence

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

Asset Qualifications:
• Experience working with Saugeen Ojibway Nation and other First Nations around Lake Huron/Georgian Bay;
• Experience in event planning;
• Experience in developing video content; and
• Experience in developing interpretive signs

• The position requires the incumbent to:
• Work shift-work, and/or weekends, and/or statutory holidays and provincial/territorial holidays
• Wear a Parks Canada uniform as per the uniform policy and/or dress in period costume as per Parks Canada requirements
• Work and/or travel in varied terrains, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation
• Perform certain physical tasks as per job requirements – lift and move various materials up to 25 pounds and stand/walk/hike for prolonged periods up to 5 hours per day

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Possess and maintain a valid Class G drivers license

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


You must apply online.

All candidates must clearly demonstrate in the online screening questions how they meet the education and experience factors listed in both the essential and asset qualifications listed.

Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate the experience described in the screening questions and/ or email - as appropriate.

Two (2) references are required, including one from a recent* supervisor.

Recent* is defined as within the past two years.

4. CURRENT POSITION (FOR Government of Canada Employees) (if applicable)
Please identify clearly your substantive group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or application and/or email.

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. Provide concrete examples of WHEN, WHERE & HOW.

Failure to clearly demonstrate how you meet the Education and Experience factors may result in the rejection of your application.

Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.

Candidates will be asked to provide proof of their education credentials at a later date.

∙ An interview will be administered
∙ Reference checks will be sought

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

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.


PLEASE NOTE: Our intention is to communicate with candidates via e-mail for competition purposes.
Please provide a valid e-mail address. It is the candidate's responsibility to provide any changes to their personal information to the contact indicated on this job advertisement.

The essential qualifications that are listed in the poster are mandatory. A pass mark will be established for each.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain the conditions of Employment throughout their employment.

Persons who have received pay in lieu of unfulfilled surplus period, a Transition Support Measure (TSM) or an Educational Allowance and are re-appointed to the Parks Canada Agency are required to reimburse an amount corresponding to the period from the effective date of such reappointment or hiring, to the end of the original period for which the TSM and education allowance was paid. Please contact Jason Graham, Human Resources Manager if you are one of these individuals to find out how this applies to your particular situation.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

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.

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

Contact information

Wanda Burdett, Human Resources Advisor
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