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Navigation Protection Program Officer: Stream 1 & Stream 2

Reference number: MOT23J-086895-000124
Selection process number: 23-MOT-EA-HRS-02340
Transport Canada - Programs
Vancouver (British Columbia)
EG-06 - Stream 1 – Permitting; Stream 2 – Compliance and Enforcement
$77,098 to $93,799

For further information on the organization, please visit Transport Canada

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Closing date: 1 March 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME: Transport Canada (TC) is committed to building an inclusive workforce with a diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds that represent Canada.

If you would like to work in a dynamic team, are forward thinking and action oriented, enthusiastic about creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging, then TC is the place for you!


Navigation Protection Program Officers help make the national transportation system safer through the administration and enforcement of the Canadian Navigable Waters (CNWA) and the new Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act (WAHVA).

Their work involves reviewing the impacts of, and issuing approvals for, structures, facilities and marine works in Canadian navigable waters and identifying ways to reduce the navigation impacts of works on other waterway users. Also, the work conducted by NPP officers under WAHVA supports the Government of Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan and protects Canada’s coastlines by addressing abandoned and dilapidated vessels and promoting responsible vessel ownership.

Work is a mix of “in-office” and “on-the -water work” conducting inspections, investigations, waterway navigability assessments, navigational hazard assessments, addressing and resolving complaints. Officers provide technical advice, recommendations and guidance to management and other government departments, industry/business interests, the marine community, and the general public. Officers have excellent communication skills and work closely with departments/agencies of all levels of government, the marine industry, Indigenous groups, stakeholder organizations, marine users and the general public building strong relationships and delivering great client service.

Work environment

Diversity and inclusion are foundational values at Transport Canada and are core to who we are. Transport Canada is made up of people from across Canada – people of different genders, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of racialized groups and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities. As a Department, we strive to become an organization where everyone feels that their voice, views, values and life experiences are heard. Having a department that is both reflective and representative of the demographics we serve enables us to incorporate various perspectives, opinions and experiences to help deliver stronger policies, programs and services to all Canadian.

Transport Canada employs over 6,000 talented and motivated employees working in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie and Northern, Pacific regions, and at our Ottawa headquarters. We develop policies and enforce acts and regulations that support transportation efficiency, safety, security, durability, and align with global standards. Our vision is of a safe, secure, durable, innovative and integrated transportation system that supports trade and economic growth, a cleaner environment and the wellbeing of all Canadians. Our transportation agenda thrives to adopt new ways of thinking about how we deliver services and oversee the transportation system in Canada.

Apply today for an opportunity to join Transport Canada’s diverse and inclusive family. We are looking for dynamic candidates that will help shape and build a stronger Transport Canada for the future. We look forward to hearing from you!

Intent of the process

Transport Canada is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce with a diversity of experiences, perspectives and backgrounds that represents Canada now and in the future. In order to achieve this goal, management will be prioritizing applicants who self-identify as members of one or more of the Employment Equity designated groups (i.e., Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities, and members of visible minorities).

The intent of this process is to establish a pool of fully qualified candidates for future needs. The pool may be used to staff similar positions on a permanent (indeterminate) or temporary basis (specified period appointment).

Stream 1 – Permitting: Anticipatory
Stream 2 – Compliance and Enforcement: Anticipatory

The first application extraction will take place on March 23, 2023. The subsequent extractions will take place on a "as and when needed" basis.

Your application in this inventory will be active for 90 days. A notice that your application is about to expire will be posted to the "My jobs" menu of your account 10 days before the end of your active period. If you do not take action, your application will no longer be active and therefore no longer considered for this inventory. Should your application become inactive while the process is still open, a notice will be posted to your account indicating that your application has expired; you may select the link "Update my Inventory Status" to reaffirm your interest.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

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

Stream 1 – Permitting
Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution OR an acceptable combination* of education and experience relevant to the position.
*Acceptable combination is defined as successful completion of a post-secondary educational program from a recognized post-secondary institution AND a minimum of two (2) years of regulatory permitting work experience with municipal, federal or provincial government departments or agencies – including, but not limited to, municipal permitting offices, fisheries authorizations, environment and natural resources authorizations, Transport Canada, or Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Stream 2 – Compliance and Enforcement
Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution OR an acceptable combination* of education and experience relevant to the position.
*Acceptable combination is defined as successful completion of a post-secondary educational program from a recognized post-secondary institution AND a minimum of two (2) years of regulatory compliance work experience with municipal, federal or provincial government departments or agencies OR a minimum of five (5) years of regulatory compliance work experience with municipal, federal or provincial government departments or agencies – including, but not limited to, municipal or provincial police, fisheries, environment and natural resources, Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, or Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Degree equivalency

Stream 1 – Permitting
Significant* experience reviewing and assessing applications or equivalent and issuing or making recommendations to issue approvals, permits, licenses, authorizations or similar associated with federal or provincial legislation OR Significant* experience consulting with federal or provincial regulators and their representatives for the purpose of obtaining approvals, permits, licenses, authorizations or similar for construction or certification related projects.

Stream 2 – Compliance and Enforcement
Significant* experience in conducting inspections or investigations and conducting enforcement activities in support of legislation.

Streams 1 and 2
Significant* experience providing assistance, instruction or advice to clients such as stakeholders, regulated entities, agencies or the public to issue, obtain or comply with approvals, permits, licenses, authorizations or similar.
Experience in interpreting and applying acts or regulations for the purposes of obtaining or issuing approvals, permits, licenses, authorizations or similar associated with construction or certification related projects OR for the purpose of exercising legislated powers and authorities associated with compliance and enforcement.
Significant* experience in building relationships with other government organizations/agencies or non-government organizations.

*Significant is defined as experience normally acquired over a period of at least two (2) years and as a core part of the work responsibilities.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Streams 1 and 2
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented
Demonstrating integrity and respect

Streams 1 and 2
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to plan and organize projects and meet deadlines.

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

Stream 1 - Permitting
Graduation with a degree in Applied Science or Engineering from a recognized post-secondary institution.

Degree equivalency

Streams 1 and 2
Experience in marine navigation and operating recreational, pleasure and/or commercial vessels.
Experience in marine engineering construction methodology.
Experience in cartographic (map & chart) interpretation / use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Operational Requirement
Willingness and ability to work overtime, as required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Possession of a valid provincial or territorial driver’s license.
Ability and willingness to travel by all modes of transportation, as required.
Ability and willingness to travel for extended periods of time regionally or nationally, as required.
Ability and willingness to work alone in the field, as required.
Ability and willingness to work in isolated or remote locations, as required.
Ability and willingness to utilize personal protective equipment in compliance with safety regulations.
Ability and willingness to walk for extended periods, climbs stairs and ladders.
Ability and willingness to conduct work from small vessels or floating structures.
Ability and willingness to work overtime, as required.

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

Transport Canada will accept applications on-line only.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Candidates are strongly encouraged to check their email on a regular basis.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the screening questionnaire how they meet the education and experience criteria listed in the Essential Qualifications and Asset Qualifications if applicable. Please note that stating that the requirement has been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities, does not represent adequate substantiation. Rather, you must provide concrete examples that clearly illustrate how you meet the requirement. Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described; comments such as "refer to my attached resume" will not be accepted and may result in your application being rejected.

In assessing candidates, assessment boards may use a variety of tools and methods including, but not limited to, reviews of past performance and accomplishments, written tests, interviews, PSC tests and reference checks. In addition, all information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Random selection may be used.

Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. Management may also decide to use top-down selection at any stage of the process.

Interested persons must meet each essential qualification to be appointed to the position; however, a person may be appointed to the position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements or organizational needs. Meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Please note that assets may be used at the screening stage.

As part of this selection process you must provide proof of your education credentials. You will be advised to provide the documents later in the process. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. This will enable you to provide proof of Canadian equivalency when applying for a job in the public service. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) assists persons who wish to obtain an assessment of their educational, professional, and occupational credentials by referring them to the appropriate organizations The CICIC can be contacted at www.cicic.ca.

Please note that for candidates applying from outside the public service, the Department will not reimburse travel expenses linked to the assessment process; however, every reasonable effort will be made to minimize travel costs for candidates who will undergo assessment.

To submit an application on-line, select the button "Apply Online" below.

Persons who cannot apply online or persons with disabilities preventing them from applying online are asked to inform the contact persons responsible for this process prior to the closing date.


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

Natasha Mehay
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