Opportunities - Selection Processes


Trustees, Canadian Museum of Nature,

Appointment opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Canadian Heritage is to implement the government's plan to strengthen our cultural and creative industries.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Trustees (part-time positions)

Canadian Museum of Nature

The largest museum of natural history in Canada covers four billion years of Earth history. It houses one of the most important natural history collections in the world, including 24 major science collections of more than 10 million specimens. The specimens are the backbone of its many special exhibitions, its permanent galleries and educational programs. The Canadian Museum of Nature is more than Canada's national natural-history museum. In addition to its exhibition spaces, the Museum is composed of world-renowned research scientists, collections experts and education and multimedia specialists. The Museum is also a leader in the documentation of biodiversity and of the geological history of Canada. As a national institution and member of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio, the Museum’s mandate is to increase, throughout Canada and internationally, interest in, knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for, the natural world. The Corporation is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and nine other trustees. The Board has responsibility for the overall stewardship of the Corporation and is expected to provide strategic guidance to management and to oversee the activities of the Corporation. It has a duty to act in the best interests of the Corporation and to exercise care and due diligence. The Board is also responsible to evaluate the performance of the Chief Executive Officer on an annual basis. The members of the Board serve as ambassadors for the Museum. They are each called on to govern, to give and to galvanize support for the Museum.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Museum of Nature's website.

Candidates must apply online by January 24, 2017 via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Per Diem: $275 - $325

Annual Retainer: $3,600 - $4,200

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • A professional accounting designation (CPA), or a degree in law, business, museology or natural sciences, would be considered an asset;
  • Experience on a board of directors/trustees of a public, private or not-for-profit sector organization;
  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, plans, best business practices or in corporate governance would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in the communications, social media, and media sector, such as the distribution of creative and digital content, would be considered an asset;
  • Experience in fundraising activities within cultural institutions and developing self-generated revenues would also be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in dealing with scientific, educational or cultural institutions would also be considered an asset.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the legislative framework, mandate and activities of the Canadian Museum of Nature;
  • Knowledge of the current challenges and opportunities for Canadian cultural institutions or of the evolving public expectations regarding Museums;
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas may be required:
    • information technology;
    • technological evolution related to digital;
    • the supporting environment of national creative content;
    • government relations;
    • human resources, financial and risk management; and
    • promotion and marketing.
  • Knowledge of natural sciences and the environment would be considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of philanthropy and experience in major gift solicitation would be considered an asset;
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Ability to identify, analyse and define priorities and strategies;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other Board members and the Board’s partners and stakeholders; and
  • Ability to recognize and address emerging issues and trends, to seize opportunities, and to advance ideas and innovation.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • A passion for and commitment to education, research and museums
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgment
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Collegiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the Board if that person is not a Canadian citizen (statutory).
  • The Board meets three times per year: two meetings in Ottawa/Gatineau and one videoconference meeting.
  • All Committee meetings are by videoconference.
  • The successful candidate should expect to participate in one or more Board Committees and commit to the position an average of 10 – 15 days annually, including committee work and events.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment, as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under “Forms and Reference Material”.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.