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Banff Jobs: Work for the Park

by K Gordon Schultz

Work in Banff National Park, Alberta

It’s sort of everyone’s dream, to spend a whole summer away from university in an amazing place like Banff National Park and really get the time to see everything there is to offer here. One way to do it is to get a job in Banff. And one of the best places to find a job, especially if you want to see the park, is with Banff National Park.

Here’s a quick rundown of the info you need to get started with Banff jobs working for Parks Canada.

Parks Canada Student Employment Program

Working in Banff National Park is probably a lot of college student’s dream summer job. The park has plenty of seasonal Banff jobs that are just right for you. They normally go from May to September and involve a wide range of opportunities. You’ll have a chance to learn about Parks Canada and the federal government, and get work experience while living and working in Banff.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible to work Banff National Park student jobs, you must:

  • Be a full-time secondary or post-secondary student in an accredited institution.
  • Be recognized as having full-time student status by the academic institution in which you are enrolled.
  • Returning to full-time studies in the next academic year or:
  • Be in their last year of study and eligible to work part-time until the completion of their last academic term. You may be asked to provide proof that you meet these requirements.
  • Meet minimum age requirements for working in Alberta.


Your pay will be based on rates set by Parks Canada in line with federal government student programs.

How to Apply

The Federal Student Work Experience Program(FSWEP) does student recruitment for Parks Canada. The core of the program is a nation-wide electronic inventory of students seeking a student jobs. This inventory is administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada for approximately 90,000 names every year across Canada. FSWEP campaigns normally run from October of one year to September of the following year. The exact date of the beginning of the next campaign will be posted on the FSWEP site at the appropriate time. At the end of each campaign, the PSC deletes all the data from its computerized inventory, so students who wish to be considered for jobs must complete a new application for each campaign. There is no deadline for applying, but most locations submit their requests for referrals from January to April.

To apply, fill out the FSWEP application form on-line and be sure to apply directly to the “Parks Canada Student Employment Programs” listed under “Departmental Programs”. Schools, public libraries, campus career centres, Human Resource Centres of Canada, offices of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada and cyber-cafés are excellent venues for students to access the Internet.

More info on working in Banff.

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