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Indigenous and Visible Minority Deckhand Recruitment

Reference number: DFO21J-019892-000806
Selection process number: 21-DFO-WCCG-EA-CCG-320127
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Coast Guard - Fleet
Port Hardy (British Columbia), Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia)

Closing date: 31 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: You must meet both of the following criteria:
Members of the following Employment Equity groups: Canadian Indigenous persons or Visible Minorities
Persons residing within a 300 KM radius of: Prince Rupert (B.C.), Port Hardy (B.C.), or Victoria (B.C.).

In support of the priority to support diversity and inclusion and support reconciliation Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) are committed to hiring more Indigenous peoples and visible minorities into their workforce. Better representation within the public service of Canada’s fastest-growing demographic group will lead to more innovative and inclusive solutions to today’s complex challenges. Ultimately, this will improve government services for Canadians.

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.

In order to self-declare, please ensure to indicate this by checking off the appropriate box within the online application as part of the Employment Equity section in your job application.

Update: Closing date extended.

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

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.


Do you love being outdoors?
Do you want to travel and see Canada?
Do you want a career that doesn’t include sitting in an office all day?
Do you want to work for one of Canada’s top employers for young people in 2021?
Do you want to continue to learn and an opportunity for career advancement?

If you answered yes, we want to hear from you.

As a Deckhand with the Canadian Coast Guard, no two days will be the same. Under the direction of the Navigation Officer, you will carry out maintenance, operational and custodial services for a Canadian Coast Guard ship, as well as duties in the marine environment as part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s federal mandate. Key duties may include:
• Maintains deck equipment and machinery, shipboard cleanliness and husbandry, performs seamanship duties, carpentry work and simple repairs to engines;
• Stands at watch at sea and in port, on the bridge as a lookout, or at the forecastle as a bow lookout;
• Assists in loading, stowing, securing and discharging of cargo and supplies, and in delivering equipment and stores ashore;
• Participates in shipboard safety drills (fire, ship abandonment, damage control, recovery of persons overboard), and assists in the testing of safety equipment and systems;
• Provides all support necessary to ensure CCG meets its mandate.

Work environment

Canadian Coast Guard offers a challenging and diverse work environment. Our employees include mariners, office workers, technician, labourers and marine communications officers. Our employees are swimmers, skiers, dancers and musicians. We have family people, single people, and most of all great people. Whatever your interests, whatever your background, you will fit in at CCG.

Share this opportunity with your friends, there are multiple spots within our Fleet.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

1. Marine Emergency Duties Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) – Basic Safety training course completed within the last 5 years OR valid Marine Emergency Duties, Certificate of Proficiency in STCW Basic Safety
2. Marine Emergency Duties STCW – Survival Craft training course completed within the last 5 years OR valid Marine Emergency Duties Certificate of Proficiency in STCW Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats
3. ROC-MC Radio Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial
4. Valid Marine Basic First Aid or Marine Advanced First Aid

Indigenous candidates or women requiring marine certification may qualify for fully subsidized tuition and other direct costs for the Enhanced Bridge Watch Rating program (BWR-E), supported through funding from Transport Canada’s, Marine Training Program (more information can be found online www.tc.canada.ca/en/programs/marine-training-program). The program is offered at both British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in North Vancouver and Camosun College in Victoria. For more information on the BWR-E program or to apply, visit BCIT.ca/bwr or Camosun.ca/bwr or email Natasha.Campbell@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Personal Suitability:
1. Dependability
2. Judgement
3. Teamwork
4. Initiative

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

1. Bridge Watch certificate
2. Able Seafarer Certificate
3. Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certificate or higher
4. Small Vessel Machinery Operator (SVMO) certificate or higher
5. Marine Medical Care, OFA or other First Aid certification without a marine component
6. Possession and Acquisition License

7. Working in a Marine environment
8. Working at sea
9. Using power tools in an industrial setting*
*Industrial setting is defined to include, but not be limited to, the following: factories, shipyards and farms

Operational Requirement:

• Valid Class 5 Driver’s License or mobility normally associated with a driver’s license.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Valid Medical (Transport Canada Marine Medical or Health Canada Periodic 3)
• For Canadian Citizens, Valid Canadian Passport or for Canadian Permanent Residents, A Valid Passport from a recognized Passport Issuing Authority
• Must be willing and able to wear a Respiratory Protection device and meet the standard of the CCG Respiratory Protection Program – RPP
• Must be willing to wear and maintain a uniform per Canadian Coast Guard standards, inclusive of CSA approved safety footwear and maintain job related personal safety equipment
• Must be willing and able to be deployed
• Must be willing and able to perform Overtime work as required, often on short notice
• Must be willing and able to work shiftwork
• Must be willing and able to go to sea for prolonged periods of time (including Arctic Waters) in adverse weather conditions, and on various classes of vessels (Up to 42 days)
• Must be willing and able to travel by air, land, or by sea

Persons selected must meet and maintain the above conditions of employment throughout the period of their employment.

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

Candidates are encouraged to apply online, if you are unable to apply online, please email your application to Natasha.Campbell@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Candidates who are hired must be willing and able to travel from their place of residence to designated vessel’s home port at their own expense.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, 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

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