How to apply for jobs

Apply directly on opportunities

Visit the Government of Canada jobs website, and choose search for government jobs.

  1. Create a new account or log into your account and update your profile.
  2. Choose the Job Search tab.
    • Add Parks Canada as the GC organization,
    • If you are looking for student opportunities add “SU” as the Classification group
    • Launch your search.
    • Set up alerts. (When a job match comes up, you will get an email.)
  3. You’ll get all of our opportunities across Canada and you can apply directly!

When you apply through the site:

  • You can find information about skills to include in your cover.
  • You can keep improving your cover letter and resume right up to the closing date for the job.
  • You don’t need to keep copies of your resume. They are saved in the system and can be updated as needed.
  • You can check the status of your application at any time.

Apply directly on local advertising

Hiring managers may use local advertising when recruiting for a job opportunity. They may also participate in recruiting events. (ex: Newspaper, posters, Facebook, job fairs, etc.) If you meet all the criteria, you can apply directly for the opportunity.

Apply on the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Government of Canada jobs website and choose student employment and then FSWEP.

  • Log into your account and update your profile or create a new account.
  • This is an ongoing student recruitment inventory.
  • Candidates are referred to different opportunities across the Government based-on specific skills/education, location, etc.

Tips for applicants


  • Check the “Who can apply” section to be sure you can apply.
  • Check the Closing date.
  • If there is a questionnaire on the poster, provide answers to the questions in your cover letter.
  • The way you write is often evaluated. Make sure you use proper spelling and grammar.
  • Resumes are only used to validate the education and experience you describe in your cover letter.

Cover letters:

  • The best way to set up your cover letter is to copy the education and experience criteria and use them as headings in your cover letter.
  • Write about every experience listed on the poster.
  • Explain how your skills match what the heading is asking for. Use real examples and provide details.
  • Specify how long ago you did the work and the number or years that you did it.
  • If the poster uses the words “significant” or “recent,” make sure you read how long they are asking for and how far back you can provide examples from.
  • If you leave out anything they are looking for (i.e. education or experience), you may not be called for an interview.
  • It is a good idea to have someone read over your cover letter and resume before you send it.

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