Maintenance Worker I

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Parks Canada – Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)
12 week duration
$23.44 to $25.48 per hour (currently under review)


Provides general labour services to support grounds, roads, and facilities maintenance; construction and installation of new facilities/structures; archaeological activities; or other general labour requirements for the Parks Canada Agency, specifically to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site.

Work environment

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!

Nestled beneath the International Bridge in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal was built to bypass the rapids on the St. Marys River. Opened in 1895, the canal completed an all Canadian waterway featuring the longest lock in the world and the first to operate using electricity. The site’s recreational lock, historic sandstone buildings, picturesque grounds, and unique Emergency Swing Dam make it a magnet for tourists and locals alike.

Situated along the north shore of Lake Huron east of Sault Ste. Marie, Fort St. Joseph featured a thriving community of soldiers, fur traders, Indian Department officials and Indigenous peoples from 1796 to the War of 1812. Once the most westerly outpost of British North America, the garrison provided a vital military presence on the upper Great Lakes, strengthened the Indigenous alliance and supported the fur trade. Today the ruins of the fort, as well as the museum, nature trails, picnic grounds and beautiful vistas attract visitors from all over the world.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter “Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience criteria listed in the Statement of 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”

Contact information for 3 references.

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

Grade 12 or GED equivalent or have an acceptable combination of education, training, and experience.


  • Experience in performing general labour tasks and working outdoors;
  • Experience operating small power tools. (Ex. cordless drills, circular saw, gas powered generator, etc.);
  • Experience providing labour services in at least one of the following: roads maintenance, grounds or trail maintenance, landscaping;
  • Experience in the use of tools and equipment directly related to grounds maintenance and/or roads maintenance (i.e. rakes, shovels, brush saws, chainsaws, etc.).


  • Knowledge in performing general labour tasks;
  • Knowledge of operation and maintenance of various light motorized tools, hand tools, and equipment;
  • Knowledge of safety practices and safe work procedures related to labour services (i.e. operating power tools, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, maintain a tidy work area, etc.);
  • Knowledge of proper use and maintenance of hand tools, power tools, vehicles and equipment used for grounds maintenance and/or roads maintenance (i.e vehicles, chainsaws, weed whips, , brush saws, hand saws, etc.).


  • Ability to use power tools and equipment such as chain saws, etc in a safe manner;
  • Ability respond to inquiries and direct clients/visitors to source of information and services;
  • Ability to work as a team;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally;
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal instructions.


  • Makes things happen
  • Communicates effectively
  • Exercises sound judgment
  • Takes responsibility
  • Personally connects with people

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


  • A Parks Canada Agency uniform, as prescribed for the position, must be worn at all times while performing the duties of the position unless otherwise specifically directed by the Superintendent;
  • Must be prepared to work weekends, shift work, overtime and statutory holidays as scheduled;
  • Must wear safety equipment as identified by Supervisor;
  • Must be willing to work and/or travel in varied terrains and weather conditions;
  • Perform physical tasks as per job requirements;
  • Must be capable of working outdoors in adverse weather conditions;
  • Willing and able to do work that involves strenuous physical labor;
  • Willing to obtain certification/training in the operation of equipment that pertains to the position.

Conditions of employment

  • Security Screening: Obtain and maintain Reliability Status Clearance
  • Obtain and maintain valid provincial driver’s 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.

Youth who experience employment barriers include but are not limited to those who self-identify as:

  • Affected by substance use
  • Currently in, coming out of, or who have had involvement in the justice system
    • the individual indicates, or the service provider reasonably believes that the youth has been involved with the justice system
  • Early leavers from high school
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
    • the individual has indicated, or the service provider/employer reasonably believes that the individual lacks stable, permanent, appropriate housing or the immediate prospect of acquiring it; lives on the streets, in emergency or overnight shelters or in provisional temporary accommodations; is at risk of homelessness due to a precarious economic or housing situation
  • “In or aging out of care”
    • the individual is either in or leaving care of the child welfare system
  • Involuntary NEET (not in Education, Employment, Training) for at least 6 months
  • LGBTQ2+
    • Self identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, two-spirit and others
  • Living in a low-income household
    • the individual indicates that they reside in a household with a low-income, or has identified their source of income as one of the following:
  • Crown Ward extended care and maintenance
  • Dependent of Employment Insurance or welfare assistance (i.e. Social Assistance, Income Supports, Income Assistance)
    • Living with family care responsibilities

    • the individual acts as primary caregiver or lone head of household (e.g., lone parent, caregiver of dependents)
  • Living with a disability
    • self-identifies as having a disability which includes: agility, hearing, mental health, developmental, intellectual, visual, motor skills, speaking, learning
  • Living with low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • Recent immigrant and/or refugee
    • a recent immigrant has lived in Canada less than 60 months (5 years)
    • a refugee is person on whom refugee status has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act)
  • Residing in a rural or remote location – defined as a population of less than 1,000 {core population} and where no, or very little, access to the services of the closest municipality with a population of 1,000 or more exists.
  • Youth who belong to a visible minority group

Visible minority – refers to whether a person belongs to a visible minority group as defined by the Employment Equity Act and, if so, the visible minority group to which the person belongs. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour”.

Definition of Indigenous youth: Youth who self-identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit and/or urban or non-affiliated Indigenous youth.

  1. 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 cover letter.
  2. Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.
  3. 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.
  4. Tips for applicants:
    • Please provide complete and thorough details of your education and experience.
    • Do not assume that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each Experience element, as applications will be screened only on the information provided.
    • Failure to provide sufficient information may result in your application being screened out of the competition.
  5. Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.
  6. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  7. Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.
  8. Applications will be accepted online only.


Preference will be given to any veteran who was honourably released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) after at least three years of service and is not already an indeterminate public servant. This preference applies for five years following release from the CAF.

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

Contact information

Melanie Linde, Human Resources

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