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Conservation scientist (Analytical Chemist)

Reference number: CAP22J-019695-000057
Selection process number: 2022-CAP-IACH-EA-IND-7034
Parks Canada - Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate
Ottawa (Ontario)
PC-02 - Please note that this position is located in Ottawa and on-site presence is required.
Permanent position, full-time
$73,727 to $88,384 (under review)

Experience Canada by joining the Parks Canada Agency! Parks Canada Web site

Closing date: 29 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All individuals 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.

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

🔬 Would you like to make a lasting difference for the protection and preservation of Canada’s cultural heritage? We have a career opportunity for you! 🌄

How would you like a job where you get to contribute to the long-term preservation of 171 national historic sites and 31 million cultural heritage objects? Currently hiring a Conservation Scientist to work on a team with our Imaging Specialists, Radiation Safety Officer, and Preventive Conservation Specialists. A job pool will be created with successful candidates for future related or similar staffing with various tenures, linguistic requirements, work locations, or other conditions of employment.

For tips to navigate the application process step by step, refer to the following site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GW7P3g9hhI

We will only accept online applications received via the jobs.gc.ca site. Persons who are unable to apply online must contact the person listed below prior to the closing date.


Join the Parks Canada team of passionate and motivated people who take pride in conserving our national cultural heritage. Through instrumental analysis and chemical analysis, we provide support to our numerous teams of specialists such as Underwater and Terrestrial Archaeology, Built Heritage, and Collections. This is done through sample preparation and performing material testing using SEM, XRF, Raman Spectroscopy, GC-MS, FTIR, and microscopy to help answer questions about age, provenance, methods of manufacture, material and chemical composition, and history of use.

Successful candidates will manage numerous projects spanning multiple laboratories, with the opportunity to supervise junior employees and interns in the laboratories.

To know more about us, please consult the following link: https://parks.canada.ca/agence-agency/aa-ia

Work environment

The Parks Canada team administer a network of national parks, national marine conservation areas, and national historic sites in every region of the country! We are working hard to maintain the commemorative integrity of our places, preserve, protect, and present our cultural heritage, and undertake green initiatives to ensure that Canadians can enjoy these places for generations to come.

Our work environment encourages collaboration, creativity and innovation. We invest in our employees by supporting ongoing training, learning and development. We support work-life balance and employee wellness.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

- Graduated from a recognized university with a Master`s or PhD degree in conservation science, physical/material sciences, chemistry or in a relevant field related to the job
- Bachelor degree in chemistry, or physical/material sciences with recent and significant** experience in the field of cultural heritage

Degree equivalency

- Recent* experience in the scientific study and/or analysis of cultural heritage as required for the investigation of archaeological and historical objects, works of art, and/or built heritage materials
- Recent and significant** experience in maintaining accurate scientific records and data interpretation (including using and maintaining analytical instruments, corresponding software, and preparing reference materials)
- Recent and significant** experience in at least two of the following analytical techniques: Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray fluorescence, attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, or gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
- Experience in writing and editing scientific analytical reports and/or publications
- Experience with laboratory safety procedures and protocol
- Experience collaborating with colleagues in other fields

*Recent experience is defined as experience that has been acquired within the last 2 years.
**Recent and significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience that would normally be gained over a period of at least two (2) years acquired in the last four (4) years.

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

English or French

Information on language requirements

- Knowledge of the theory and application of the following analytical techniques: Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, x-ray fluorescence, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy
- Knowledge of conservation theory, practices, materials and approaches

- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to interpret data from at least two of the following analytical techniques: Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, x-ray fluorescence, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy
- Ability to prioritize and organize personal workload and shared laboratory space
- Ability to take/retrieve samples for microscopic analysis

- Effective interpersonal skills in a team
- Makes things happen
- Exercises sound and critical judgment
- Demonstrates integrity
- Leadership

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

- Experience in handling and preparing samples from cultural heritage objects, built heritage materials, and new materials being considered for use on current projects.

- Willingness to visit and work on historic structures
- Willingness to wear protective equipment
- Willingness to obtain X-ray fluorescence license and maintain it during all the employment
- Willingness to carry out repetitive and/or delicate tasks over long periods of time
- Willingness to work in an environment requiring physical effort when handling and manipulating heavy containers of chemicals, bench tools, other equipment
- Willingness to work in environments that may contain toxic chemicals, radiation, heat sources, electrical shock, noise, dust
- Willingness to travel sporadically when required

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their cover letter.

You may be assessed using a variety of assessment tools, such as, but not limited to: written exam, portfolio assessment, interview, reference check, etc. Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

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

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

Contact information

Lysanne Desmarais, HR advisor
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