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Summer Employment Opportunity: Maritime Search and Rescue Crew Member – Arctic Region

Reference number: DFO20J-020626-000040
Selection process number: 20-DFO-NCR-EA-CCG-298994
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Coast Guard - Search and Rescue
Various locations - Nunavut
Specified Period
$25.91 per hour

For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Closing date: 6 December 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: 1) Indigenous students currently registered full-time in a post-secondary education institution or training program.
2) Indigenous students who are returning to full-time studies in a post-secondary education institution or training program in the next academic term.

Important messages

Your self-identification is important to us and to the creation of a diverse and inclusive Canadian Coast Guard that is truly representative of the people we serve. If you are a member of an Indigenous community in Canada, we encourage you to self-identify as we have a job opportunity that is tailored to you. Students from this group who will be recruited will have the opportunity to come together within our organization to unite their voices to influence change through social, cultural and professional empowerment.

As defined in the Canadian Constitution, an Indigenous person is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit; North American Indians or members of a First Nation include treaty, status or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. As part of the overall application verification process, Indigenous affiliation will be verified at the time of the appointment. Please note that Aboriginal and Indigenous are used interchangeably in the context of the Employment Equity Act.

Isolated Post Allowance may be applicable. Depending on location of residence, whether the employee has dependents and lives in staff housing, this allowance ranges from $2.56 to $22.68 per hour.


Candidates with experience or interest in boating activities and in first aid.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date:

Demonstrating proof that you are an Indigenous student:
who is currently registered full-time in a recognized post-secondary institution (CEGEP, college and university) or other ongoing educational or training program;
who is returning to full time studies at a recognized post-secondary institution or other ongoing educational or training program in the next academic term.

Students who are dependable, calm, and can make safe and sound decisions in high stress environments, promote team spirit, are driven to achieve common goals and are looking for a challenging but rewarding job.


The programs below are operated by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) under the Search and Rescue (SAR) Program. Students are hired and trained each summer to become members of an Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) crew or part of an Arctic Community Engagement and Exercising Team. Crews in both programs operate on a rotating schedule of up to 28 consecutive days of work followed by up to 28 days of rest.


• Conduct marine SAR operations in response to marine medical and vessel emergencies, on a 24/7 basis;
• Participate in completing diverse tasks, including but not limited to seamanship, radio communications, log keeping, helm and lookout duties, and continuous maintenance of the IRB station, small craft rescue vessels, and equipment;
• Participate in training with government and non-government organizations.

Check out this video showing an Inshore Rescue Boat North crew in action: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1242537539773/


• Assist with the delivery of classroom and on-water training and exercising in a number of Arctic communities;
• Provide boating safety education and demonstrations to the general public;
• Participate in community engagement sessions, highlighting the Canadian Coast Guard and the programs and services it offers.

Work environment

The employment duration is full-time during the summer (late-April to early-September 2021) under the condition of successful completion of the mandatory training prior to the operational season. Training will commence in late-April 2021. Program assignments will be announced upon successful completion of pre-season training and will be based upon operational requirements. Therefore, preference of program cannot be guaranteed. Once selected into the program, the candidate may participate in the program for up to two (2) seasons after the successful completion of their studies.

Intent of the process

To fill term positions from late-April to early-September 2021.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Valid Standard First Aid certification with CPR-C/AED certification, or higher.
Valid Bridge Watch Rating Certificate, or higher.

Ability to speak Inuktitut and/or Inuinnaqtun.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Medical Fitness of the Health Canada Occupational Health Assessment, Category 2-XII-1 or Transport Canada Marine Medical is required for all operational personnel engaged in search and rescue services.
Must be willing and able to travel.
Must be willing to wear a uniform and personal protective equipment.
Must be willing and able to work at any assigned station or training location.
Must be willing and able to accept on-call duties.
Must be willing and able to work overtime.
Must be willing and able to accept a time on / time off work schedule.
Must be willing and able to work in adverse conditions such as those found in the marine environment.

Other information

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.

If you are unable to submit an application online, please request a hard copy application form from:

Attn: Arctic Search and Rescue Program
Canadian Coast Guard
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8B1
Fax: 519-383-1991
Email: DFO.CA.CCG.SARArctic-ResArctique.GCC.CA.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

If required, travel expenses to/from the location of operations or training activities to the student’s residence will be reimbursed.

Meals and accommodations will be provided for all students while on-cycle and during pre-season training in 2021.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

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

Contact information

Emma Moore, Search and Rescue Programs Officer Breagh Harrie, Search and Rescue Programs Officer

ATTN: Arctic Search and Rescue Program
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8B1

À l’attention de : Programme de recherche et de sauvetage dans l'Arctique
520, rue Exmouth
Sarnia (Ontario) N7T 8B1

ATTN: Arctic Search and Rescue Program
520 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 8B1

À l’attention de : Programme de recherche et de sauvetage dans l'Arctique
520, rue Exmouth
Sarnia (Ontario) N7T 8B1
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