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This was an amazing Job! I worked there for one season. Management was top notch, and the work culture was great as well the only issue i had was that it was seasonal. After completing the season I found a better paying job that sucked but I couldn't pass up the money sadly and go back to the seasonal job. The most challenging part of the job was dealing with the periods of time of low guests on site. But there was always buttons to be made for The World Famous Chicken Races.
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Working in Riding Mountain National Park was eye opening. The management team (10+ people) had very little diversity (one female, sometimes two and one indigenous person) and it showed in their decision making and guidance. The thing about working for Parks Canada is they will do everything possible to get the most work out of you by "promoting" you to an assignment of a higher level or promise you a better position will be made available to you soon while expecting you to work as a higher level employee and then back out of their promises. Management and supervisors will also not hesitate to throw you under the bus. Also have to realize that they will select people from outside the agency with little to no experience in the field of work for more desirable positions in which you are perfectly capable of doing and qualified for. Basically there is zero loyalty to your years of service. The only reason why I stay is that it is the best paying job I can find now even though the workplace is fairly toxic and there is no room to grow.
I was in the National Office doing Marketing last summer as a CO-OP student and it was an amazing experience. We were provided opportunity to explore the national historic sites in our area and you are totally trusted and treated like a regular staff member. You will be assigned relevant work to your studies for sure and you are invited to ask for opportunities if you have interests in certain projects.You will definitely learn a lot and get valuable experience in the field here and enjoy a relaxed and collaborative environment as you do it!
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I worked here two years in a row for 2017 and 2018 for the summer job that’s offered there. It is overall an amazing experience you get to meet new people and learn lots of new skills. Easily the best first job I could’ve asked for
Parks Canada provides a very fun work environment that attracts outgoing, spirited people. You get great opportunities to interact with the public, who are generally very nice and interested in getting the most out of their park visit. Management can be inconsistent across sites, sometimes very competent and at other times less so. Overall, a fun place to work for a summer or two.
Pay is low for what they do so its not that attractive. I questioned the hiring process at the location I was at. I was told that it was tough to find quality operators in this particular area." Know it all".. a-holes, or guys that are lazy and or complain about everything are people I would cut lose and not bring back. Very difficult to get on full-time with Highway Operations, but it would be worth it if you could. Having a class 1 license pays $2 more per hr. Working OT and on scheduled days off is where money is made. Winter hires start mid October and run to mid April. Hours were good and condensed schedule (Wed- Sat) and 3 days off. Supervisor was a good guy and the day crew I worked with was great. We all got along and got our job done and I had fun doing it.
Great job with lots of training. Friendly staff and great to work outdoors. Depending on location visitors can be upset/rushed but that can be expected in busy tourist places.
good breaks and pay
An excellent company to work for! The work is enjoyable, it feels like you're not working. The student position offered a guaranteed 40 hour work week, great to pay for schooling as it is a summer Job (contract work) Learn lots. Every year you are asked to come back to work for them in the summer (given you are going back to school as it is a student position) and it comes with a dollar raise every year.
Was easy to keep busy by either operating the locks or maintaining the park. Everyone was so friendly and easy to work with. Got to meet people all over the world travelling on the Rideau Canal.
Extremely informative and approachable co-workers whose main goal is to help you succeed. The Northern Sector Area Manager in that area is one of the best employees I have ever had the pleasure to work under, and still leaves a positive impression on myself today.