Parks Canada Banff Equine Specialist

Parks Canada
Banff, AB
$31.91–$34.68 an hour
Parks Canada
Banff, AB
$31.91–$34.68 an hour

Job details

$31.91–$34.68 an hour
Shift and schedule
Weekends as needed
Banff, AB
Pulled from the full job description
Dental care
Full job description
Parks Canada - Resource Conservation - Banff Field Unit
Banff (Alberta), Banff National Park of Canada (Alberta)
Seasonal indeterminate 0.70 FTE - Starting June 2024
$31.91 to $34.68 per hour
Need help with your application? Check out our video for tips and advice!

Closing date: 15 April 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.
Apply online

Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

The Banff Equine Specialist will be responsible for providing daily care of a horse herd including equine first aid by recognizing and treating common horse ailments, operating the Banff barn facility (i.e: maintain ranch equipment and facilities, transportation of horses, scheduling, follow a work plan, etc), and coordinating and managing training of horses which would include remedial training of problem horses in preparation for day riding, parades, and multi-day backcountry travel/packing. They would also be responsible for organizing and leading horse clinics (ie: assessing candidate competency and providing hands-on coaching/mentoring to riders), organizing and leading multi-day backcountry pack trips while assessing the abilities of riders and horses for environmental and route conditions to ensure a safe work environment and supervising students or other staff supporting the Banff barn as necessary.

Work environment
Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Come join our amazing team in the Banff National Park and help protect and present Parks Canada places. We offer a generous benefit package, dental and pension plan as well as work life balance so you can enjoy everything the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains has to offer.

Intent of the process
This process may be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic profiles in same or other parts of the country.
Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education training and experience.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Experience training horses and remedial training of problem horses in preparation for day riding, parades, and multi-day backcountry travel/packing.
EX2: Experience instructing horse clinics (ie: Assessing candidate competency and providing hands-on coaching/mentoring to riders).
EX3: Experience travelling in the backcountry on multi-day pack trips and assessing the abilities of riders and horses for environmental and route conditions to ensure a safe work environment.
EX4: Experience providing daily care of a horse herd, equine first aid and the ability to recognize and treat common horse ailments.
EX5: Experience in operations of a horse related facility. (ie: maintain ranch equipment and facilities, transportation of horses, scheduling, following a work plan, etc).

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements


K1: Knowledge of care, training, and handling techniques for horses, specifically related to western riding and backcountry wilderness travel with pack horses.
K2: Knowledge of techniques for successfully training new riders, including knowledge of safe work practices and standards related to equine activities.
K3: Knowledge of Parks Canada, its mandate and values and operating principles.
K4: Knowledge of hoof anatomy and corrective shoeing techniques.


A1: Ability to plan, organize and manage resources following direction. (ie: financial processes, staff time, assets).
A2: Ability to adhere to safe work practices.
A3: Ability to evaluate options and risks then implement efficient/effective solutions.
A4: Ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment.
A5: Ability to coach and lead staff.
A6: Ability to shoe up to 30 horses on a 4 to 6 week cycle.
A7: Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


PS1: Open to work requests and adjusting to new processes.
PS2: Team oriented.
PS3: Flexible in approach.
PS4: Leads by example (eg. Parks Canada code of ethics/processes/implementing management decisions).
PS5 : Integrity in equine skills assessment.

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

AC1: Farrier Certification or other certifications relevant to the position.
AC2: Certification for the use of firearms.
AC3: 40-hour wilderness First Aid Certification (or equivalent).
AC4: CPR certification.


The following qualifications may be applied and/or assessed because they are beneficial in carrying out the duties of the position. They may be used in screening, assessment or determining right fit for this selection process, so please describe how you meet any of the following criteria.

Copies of current certification will be required at time of interview.


AEX1: Experience providing farrier services in a professional capacity, including shoeing of inexperienced and problematic horses.
AEX2: Experience with leatherwork, including maintenance and repair of horse tack.
AEX3: Experience in developing and maintaining safe work practices in accordance with the Canada Labour Code.
AEX4: Experience maintaining complete & current records for a horse program.

AD1: Knowledge of Banff backcountry.


Willingness and ability to wear a Parks Canada uniform and prescribed protective equipment and follow safety procedures.
Willing and able to work and/or travel in varied terrain, weather conditions, isolated locations and by various means of transportation.
Willingness and ability to perform strenuous physical activity effectively and safely.
Willing and able to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends and/or statutory holidays and provincial holidays, when required.
Willingness and ability to obtain certification in the operation of various forms of ground (e.g. all-terrain vehicles) and marine (motorized and non-motorized vessels) travel, as required.
Willingness and ability to obtain training and/or certification for the use of firearms, 40-hour wilderness First Aid Certification (or equivalent), CPR certification, etc. as required.
Conditions of employment
(Must be met prior to employment)

Obtain and maintain Reliability Status security clearance.
Possession and maintenance of a valid class 5 driver's license (Class L, N or other graduated licenses will not be accepted).
Willing and able to undergo and pass pre-placement and periodic medical checks.
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.

Information on employment equity

We will only accept on-line applications received via the site. Persons who are unable to apply on-line must contact prior to the closing date.

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.

In accordance with paragraph 8(2)(a) of the Privacy Act, information or material, whether provided directly by the candidate or otherwise obtained by the selection board, used during the selection process for the purpose of assessing a candidate may be used as part of the selection review and recourse processes. Such relevant information may be provided to third parties, such as other candidates or their representatives, who have a legitimate reason to be aware of that information.

Persons who are in receipt of a Canadian Government Public Service pension and are considering this employment opportunity with the Parks Canada Agency, should contact the PWGSC Public Service Pension Centre (1-800-561-7930) in order to determine the impact of an appointment on their pension benefit entitlements.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

Note: Additional information may be requested after closing date for screening and/or assessment purposes.

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

Popular in Canada's National Parks

Banff is a town located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, known for its stunning mountain scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities. If you're considering working in Banff, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Banff, Alberta's Tourism Employment Industry

Banff heavily relies on tourism, and many job opportunities are linked to the hospitality and service sectors. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activity providers often hire seasonal staff, especially during peak tourist seasons.

Banff Alberta's Seasonal Employment

Many positions in Banff are seasonal, with higher demand during the summer and winter months when tourists visit for outdoor activities, skiing, and sightseeing.

Banff National Park's Employmment Accommodations

The town is relatively small, and housing can be competitive. It's a good idea to secure accommodation before arriving, especially during peak seasons.

Canadian Work Permits

If you're not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may need a work permit to legally work in Banff. Ensure you have the necessary documentation before seeking employment.

Banff, Alberta's Outdoor Lifestyle

Banff is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy activities such as hiking, skiing, or mountain biking, you'll find plenty of opportunities to indulge in your favorite pastimes.

Jobs in the Community of Banff, Alberta

The town has a close-knit community, and living in Banff offers a unique experience. If you enjoy a small-town atmosphere and connecting with like-minded individuals, it can be a rewarding place to live and work.

Transportation in and Around Banff, Alberta

Banff is well-connected by road, and public transportation options are available. However, having a vehicle might be convenient, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas.

Before making any decisions, research specific Banff job opportunities, seasonal Tourism trends, and accommodation options. The lifestyle and activities that Banff offers are terrific, but considering all employment and lifestyle changes will ensure it aligns with your job preferences and interests.