Web and Social Media Student

$15.42 – $17.64 an hour
Parks Canada – Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit
Halifax (Nova Scotia)

Closing date: 28 February 2018
a full-time post-secondary student in an accredited institution
currently recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled
returning to full-time studies in the next academic term
the minimum age to work in the province where the job exists

All eligible students 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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Students who are in their final year of academic study and who are not intending to return to full-time studies are eligible to work part-time up until the time they graduate.

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Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.


Combine your passion for storytelling with your strong writing and editing skills to develop engaging content for Parks Canada’s website and social media channels.

Develop and implement social media strategies, including several online campaigns, aimed at promoting and nurturing the online presence of Parks Canada’s programs in Halifax.

Encourage dialogue with our audiences about our special places on themes of camping, nature, wildlife, history, geography and conservation through Facebook and Twitter.

Monitor online interactions and gather analytics to support the direction of Parks Canada’s social media channels.

Work environment

If you are a fan storytelling through imagery, then this opportunity is for you!

Parks Canada is seeking a highly creative and motivated individual to join our dynamic communications team this summer as a Web & Social Media Student. Based in Halifax, you will work with colleagues across Mainland Nova Scotia to connect diverse urban audiences with Canada’s National parks and historic sites.

Successful students will work for approximately 16 to 18 weeks between May and August, 2018.
Positions require students to work variable hours, shift-work, weekends, and holidays, in addition to working in diverse of weather conditions.
Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to hire one student for the summer of 2018. We will only contact students who demonstrate clearly in the screening and follow up questions that they possess the education and experience required for this opportunity.

The work locations Halifax, NS.

Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) “Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the essential qualifications. 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.”

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Post-secondary students recently or currently registered in a College or University program with a focus on marketing, promotion or graphic design who have completed at least one (1) year of full-time education by May 2018.

Degree equivalency

Some experience with social media platform (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Hootsuite)

Experience with computer software such as Microsoft Office Suite and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Experience assisting with planning and coordinating events.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual – Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of Parks Canada’s mandate

Knowledge of techniques for researching, writing and editing content for a variety of mediums (e.g., websites, social media, and handheld devices)

Knowledge of web design, content management systems and photo-editing software (e.g., Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop)

Knowledge and experience in outdoor activities like paddling, hiking, camping, etc.

Ability to work independently (self-motivated) and as part of a team

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

Good organizational and multitasking skills

Personally connects with people

Strives for excellence


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

Experience interacting with the public

Experience with Photography and videography considered an asset

Advanced oral and written abilities in English and French are considered an asset. Preference may be given to bilingual candidates or candidates with additional language skills.

Ability to draft impromptu short text in both English and French
Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

  • Willingness to wear a Parks Canada uniform and occasionally a mascot costume
  • Willingness to work varied hours, weekends, holidays, and overtime
  • Willingness to work outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions
  • Willingness to set-up, take-down and move equipment of varying weight
  • Willingness to travel to various locations outside of Halifax and participate in overnight or multi-night camping trips / events
    Other information

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