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Employment and Advancement
Park wardens are employed by the federal government. On average, 15 to 20 new wardens are hired across Canada each year.
Many post-secondary students gain valuable experience by working in national parks during the summer. They may work as seasonal groundskeepers, equipment operators, maintenance workers, lifeguards, gate attendants or interpretive assistants. Student positions related to warden service include researcher, initial attack (fire) crew, non-native plant crew and patrol person.
Newly employed park wardens gradually take on more responsibility and may advance to more specialized positions in larger parks. Advancement to specialist positions may require a master's degree and considerable experience.
Park wardens are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2224: Conservation and Fishery Officers. In Alberta, 91% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
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