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Inventory - Aquatic Science Technician

Reference number: DFO21J-017431-000367
Selection process number: 21-DFO-QUE-EA-EOS-306195
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Pelagic and Ecosystem Science Branch
Moncton (New Brunswick), Mont-Joli (Québec)
$63,720 to $77,523

Closing date: 18 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

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Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


Providing technical and logistical support during systematic visual surveys carried out by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as part of scientific studies and research related to marine mammals. The appointees will be participating to field work activities aboard aircrafts or boats aiming to acquire scientific information pertaining to the distribution and abundance of marine mammals in Eastern Canada and Nunavik. Appointees may also have to assist scientific teams by carrying out technical tasks in laboratory or field or other tasks related to processing of scientific data within the framework of other priority research programs within DFO.

Intent of the process

The intent of this selection process is to staff positions with various tenures at the Maurice-Lamontagne Institute (Quebec) and in Moncton (New-Brunswick).

The selection committee will use specific draws in order to select applications, based on actual needs in both locations.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

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

Successful completion of a recognized post-secondary program in a field relevant to the duties of the position or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Experience in providing technical support in one OR the other of the following fields:
a. Performing systematic surveys by transect for animal species;
b. Visual sampling and identification of marine mammals, birds, terrestrial vertebrates, or aquatic species to acquire information on the spatial and behavioural ecology of the target species;
c. Participating in fieldwork for projects on marine mammals, regardless of their nature.

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

Experience providing technical field support to projects on marine mammal science.

Experience providing technical field support to projects on sea birds science.

Experience providing technical field support to projects involving vertebrates or others marines species.

Experience in conducting systematic aerial line transect surveys.

Experience in conducting systematic nautical line transect surveys.

Experience in conducting technical scientific work in coastal waters aboard airplanes, helicopters, small vessels or ships.

Experience working in remote areas for extended periods of time.

Experience in database management.

Experience in the planning and logistics associated with scientific work in laboratory and/or in the field.

Experience in the use of software for the manipulation of geo-referenced data
such as ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.

Experience working in the field for periods of several weeks to several months with a small team.

For all positions :
• Willingness to adapt to variable and atypical work schedule and work overtime.
• Willingness to work aboard various platforms including helicopters, small planes,
and boats of various sizes as required, or in isolated environments.
• Willingness to travel in a repetitive manner, in blocs of up to six consecutives weeks at a time, for periods that may extend over several months.

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

Various language requirements
French Essential and Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB.

Information on language requirements

Ability to follow standardized procedures in order to collect scientific data in the field.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Organizational skills

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

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - For all positions:
• Medical fitness in accordance with certification by Health Canada.
• Valid driving license.
• Willingness and ability to work at sea or in the field in remote or isolated environments and under primitive conditions (e.g. camping) for periods of up to 6 weeks consecutive weeks, and for periods that may extend over several months.

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

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

Please identify clearly for which position(s) you are submitting an application.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

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

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Our intention is to communicate with candidates through emails and/or through the www.canada.ca/government-jobs applicant account. Candidates participating in this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and that their system accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block the receipt of these types of email).


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

Human Resources Directorate - Quebec Region
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