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The Parks

Canmore, Alberta, offers some of the most amazing Canadian Rockies vacation activities you’ll find anywhere. It’s got great mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, rafting and much more. With so many great things to do in Canmore, who wouldn’t want to spend more than just a week or two of their vacation here?

Why would you want to work in Banff, near Canmore? Here's a good reason.

So, once the idea of living in Canmore has been planted in your head, and moved from being a mere idea into a real possibility, it’s time to start thinking about a Canmore job. There are several good options, with all the local restaurants, hotels, ski resorts and, in this particular article, national parks.

Right next to Canmore, you’ll find Banff National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the Canadian Rockies. Below you’ll find basic info on working for Banff National Park. The same basic info applies for Jasper National Park, which is a bit further from Canmore than Banff, but no less amazing.

Working in Banff National Park or Jasper is probably a lot of college student’s dream summer job. The parks have plenty of seasonal 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.


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.

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.

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