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Response Officer/Specialist (Various Streams) *AMENDMENT TO CLOSING DATE*

Reference number: DFO17J-018212-000004
Selection process number: 17-DFO-NCR-EA-CCG-191491-1
Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard
Port Hardy (British Columbia), Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Richmond (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia), Saint John (New Brunswick), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador), Hay River (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Port Hawkesbury (Nova Scotia), Parry Sound (Ontario), Prescott (Ontario), Sarnia (Ontario), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Montréal Island (Québec), Québec (Québec)
GT-04 - Position under review
$59,227 to $67,340

For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard

Closing date: 9 June 2017 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

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.

Your application in this inventory will be active for 180 days. A notice that your application is about to expire will be posted to the My jobs menu of your account 7 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.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the Screening questionnaire how they meet the education and experience criteria listed in the essential and asset qualifications (other qualifications). 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. Failure to provide this information in the requested format may result in your application being rejected.



Environmental Response Specialist:
Under the direction of a CCG Environmental Response Senior Response Officer, this position carries out environmental response duties in the marine environment as part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s federal mandate. This includes environmental response activities in the field, maintaining equipment, vessels and vehicles and carrying out administrative duties at the headquarters area.

Search and Rescue Program Officer:
Under the direction of CCG Superintendent Marine Search and Rescue, this position provides support to the delivery of the Canadian Coast Guard’s federal SAR mandate. This includes SAR operations, training and exercise activities in the field, maintaining equipment, vessels and vehicles and carrying out administrative duties at the headquarters area. SAR Program Officer streams include co-ordination and delivery of the Inshore Rescue Boat Program, the Rescue Specialist Program, Rigid Hull Inflatable Operations Training Program and SAR Exercise and Training and Coast Guard Auxiliary liaison.

Work environment

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) leads the management of Canada’s fisheries and the safeguarding of Canadian waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), a Special Operating Agency within DFO, is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security, and accessibility of Canada’s waterways. With over 10,000 dedicated employees in over 400 locations across Canada, our Department is often the only federal presence in smaller coastal and remote communities. In January 2017, the Department received special recognition as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

The Government of Canada has announced the Oceans Protection Plan, a whole-of-government approach to improve marine safety, to work with Indigenous groups, provinces, territories, and other stakeholders to better co-manage Canada’s oceans while advancing the Government’s broader objectives of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, protection of the environment, protection of our coasts and waterways, and economic growth for the middle class.

DFO/CCG are recruiting to deliver on this significant commitment. A team of dedicated, dynamic and talented professionals, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join us in making an impact on the lives of Canadians.

DFO’s scientific knowledge and expertise, advice, products and services support evidence-based decision making, policy development, economic activity and stewardship of our waters. There are exciting career opportunities in areas such as fisheries and aquaculture management, regulation, science and innovation; habitat protection, oceans management, and ecosystems research; and charting of Canadian waters and modelling of ocean conditions, among others.

A nationally recognized, world-leading symbol of safety, operating along the longest coastline in the world, CCG is entrusted to deliver valuable programs and services to Canadians that save lives, protect the environment and support our Canadian economy. Embracing a proactive culture for 24/7 service to Canadians and for Canadians, CCG offers exciting sea-going and shore-based career opportunities in the delivery of critical maritime safety, security and response services; response to on-water and maritime incidents using a variety of vessels, Hovercraft, helicopters, and Small craft; and providing vital information and assistance to vessels, including navigation support, distress and safety communications and coordination of maritime trade.

The Department also offers exciting opportunities in its Corporate Services in areas such as information technology, program development and services; real property management; and human resource staffing and classification.

Do you believe in the gold standard of service? Do you thrive on change and exciting new projects? If that is who you want to be, then DFO/CCG is the place for you!

Women, Aboriginal people and visible minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information on careers at DFO: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/career-carriere-eng.htm
For more information on careers at CCG: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/College-and-Careers/home

Intent of the process

This is an anticipatory selection process.

A pool of qualified candidates may be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada across Canada with various language requirements and various security requirements. These positions may be of different tenures.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

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

Stream A - Environmental Response Specialist
Stream B - Search and Rescue (SAR) Program Officer

All Streams;
A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

All Streams;
1.Experience providing operational training, briefings or presentations
2.Experience preparing reports and technical documents using computer software such as but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
3.Experience liaising with external public and private partner organizations

Stream A;
1.Recent* experience in marine emergency response operations at a field level

Stream B;
1. Recent* experience with marine Search and Rescue response operations at a field level

*Recent is defined as experience acquired on the job within the past 5 years under the current legal framework

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

All Streams;
1.Post-secondary diploma or degree related to the duties of the position
2.A deck or engine room Marine Certificate of Competency issued under the CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001 Marine Personnel Regulations SOR/2007-115 for a Master Limited (60 Ton) or higher and /or a Fourth-Class Engineer, Motor Ship or higher. Certificates will be rated in order of precedence according to the regulations
3.Accredited qualifications as an instructor for advanced first aid, exercise development and delivery or vessel operations
4. Accredited qualifications as an instructor for first aid and/or exercise development and delivery and/or vessel operations
5. Small Vessel Operator’s Certificate (SVOP)
6. ICS Certification
7. Radio Operator’s Certificate (Maritime) or higher

Stream A;
1.Marine mechanic certificate
2.Graduation with a degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field relevant to Environmental Response

Stream B;
1.Possession of a valid instructional techniques certificate
2.Rescue Specialist Qualifications

Degree equivalency

All Streams;
1.Experience* in equipment life cycle management
2.Experience* developing operational exercises
3.Experience with the Incident Command System
4.Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
5.Experience providing operational training
6.Experience* in small craft operations

Stream A;
1.Experience operating small equipment, for example: forklifts, hoists, trailers, all-terrain vehicles etc.
2.Experience with responding to marine pollution incidents
3.Experience in emergency contingency planning

Stream B;
1.Experience in developing SAR procedures
2.Experience responding to marine search and rescue incidents

* Experience must have been acquired in the workplace

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

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

All Streams;
1.Knowledge of the Incident Command System
2.Knowledge of seafaring practices, vessel management and operation

Stream A;
1.Knowledge of hydrocarbons (characteristics and behaviour in marine environments)
2.Knowledge of operating principles for marine oil pollution clean-up equipment

Stream B;
1.Knowledge of marine search and rescue procedures
2.Knowledge of the roles and the responsibility of the Search and Rescue's main partners in Canada, particularly maritime and air Search and Rescue

All Streams;
1.Ability to analyze and solve problems
2.Ability to apply operational standards and procedures
3.Ability to work as part of a team
3.Ability to communicate effectively orally
4.Ability to communicate effectively in writing

All Streams;
2.Effective Interpersonal Relationships

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

All Streams;
1.Knowledge of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) structure and overall mandate

Stream A;
1.Knowledge of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) mandate as it relates to environmental response (including the laws that govern it)

Stream B;
1.Knowledge of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) mandate as it relates to maritime search and rescue

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Secret security clearance

All Streams;
Willing and able to obtain medical certificate
Valid Class 5 Driver's license
Willing and able to travel on various means of transport including ships, small vessels and aircraft to remote locations and abroad, knowing that such travel may be frequent and seasonal
Willing and able to work overtime, be on call according to a schedule (day and night, seven days a week) and occasionally work weekends, in accordance with the pertinent collective agreement
Willing and able to work in potentially hazardous and /or adverse conditions such as those found in the marine environment and in remote locations
Willing and able to work in emergency situations
Willing and able to travel for extended periods on short notice
Valid passport
Willing and able to wear the Canadian Coast Guard uniform
Willing and able to wear CSA approved personal safety equipment related to the job
Willing and able to obtain underwater crash survival training for aircraft (SAR stream)



Other information

A written exam may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/

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

A top down selection method may be used at any point in the assessment process.

Random selection may be used to identify which applicants will be assessed in this appointment process.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your email and contact information are maintained with the hiring board AND in your Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) account. As all of the communication for this process will be conducted via the email address provided in your application AND via your PSRS account, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check for messages regularly and to ensure that your email address accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email or filter them to a junk mail folder). Failure to respond to key messages may result in your being eliminated from this process.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

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

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

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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