Parks Canada, the federal agency responsible for managing Canada's national parks and historic sites, has an once-in-a-lifetime summer job! And with employment opportunities in 32 locations across Canada, there's something for everyone, regardless of if you live in Corner Brook, Nfld. or Victoria, BC.
In honour of the 125th birthday of Canada's first National Park, Parks Canada is recruiting a team of 32 Summer Video Reporters to produce videos on Canada's national parks and historic sites.
The program runs for 16 weeks and is structured in a way that successful applicants are given video production training courses, produce videos, and then showcase them at the end of the summer.
Here's a preliminary breakdown of the schedule:
1. Starting in May 2010 you will attend a week-long video production training course and will learn about Parks Canada and from video experts who will offer pointers about the equipment and outdoor capture
2. The next 12 weeks will be spent in your respective field unit where you will be responsible for the entire video production process (planning, recording, scripting, editing, encoding) and during this period, you will be expected to produce three to five short videos that are three to eight minutes each
3. In early August, you and your peers from across Canada will travel to Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador - Canada's newest Park, where you can exchange and share in your experiences
4. The remainder of the internship (2 weeks) will take place in your respective field unit and at the end of the internship, the videos produced will be evaluated and may be showcased
In case you're wondering, video production equipment will be provided by Parks Canada and it will include a camcorder (AVCHD) and a computer with Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium.
And your expenses while participating in group activities organized by Parks Canada (e.g.: Trip to Banff, to your designated field unit and to Torngat) will be paid by Parks Canada. However, you won't be reimburses for your living costs once at your local Parks Canada unit.
In terms of pay, the salary ranges from $11.38 to $22.83 per hour (depending on education level) for 37.5 hours a week.
Now, in order to be considered for the opportunity, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited post-secondary institution
- Be returning to full-time studies in the next academic term
- Be available for work starting May 3, 2010
- Be legally entitled to work in Canada
- Have a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for video production
- Have a valid and unrestricted driver's license
- By various means of transportation, be willing to travel to or work in different places, in different weather conditions, and in remote areas
INSIDER TIP: Because the hiring process will be using a computer programme to screen applications, ensure that both your cover letter and resume demonstrate the above requirements!
In addition to the above criteria, applicants will also be judged on:
- Knowledge of video creation and video editing
- General knowledge of Canada's natural and cultural heritage
- Ability to produce a video (in the final phase of the selection process you could be asked to produce a 1 minute video)
- Language skills (to be identified by each Parks Canada unit)
To apply, visit Parks Canada's Workopolis portal and click on the ad that lists the area in which you want to work. If you are not already registered with Workopolis, you will have to register and that process won't take more than 2 minutes.
You will then have to upload your resume and cover letter - make sure it is electronic-friendly and properly formatted for Workopolis.
There is also an online questionnaire with 37 questions that you will need to complete. And yes, one of the questions will ask you in which three areas you would like to work.
For more information, or to apply, head over to Parks Canada's Workopolis portal.
And take note ... applications are due by SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010 at MIDNIGT (12:00AM) Pacific time!