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Aquatic Science Biologist III

Reference number: DFO23J-023794-000087
Selection process number: 23-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-586355
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector
Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
$82,579 to $106,319

Closing date: 22 June 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Members of the following Employment Equity group: Indigenous persons, who reside in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Should an insufficient number of applicants be identified, all persons who reside in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad may be considered.

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

Work environment

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Maritimes Science Sector is comprised of staff that conducts research and monitoring to provide advice to support the management of all the Canadian fisheries and other aquatic activities of our Maritimes region. The Maritimes Science Program has 5 priority areas: populations and ecosystem assessments; safe navigation and emergency response; mitigation of ecosystem stressors; adaptation to a changing environment; and marine spatial planning. Maritimes Science Branch consists of over 400 staff working from multiple locations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

DFO is committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in a manner consistent with our National Reconciliation Strategy. We acknowledge that the key to understanding, reconciling and improving our relationships with Indigenous Peoples is to ensure that they are represented, heard and supported within our Department. We are committed to ensuring that DFO is a welcoming and inclusive workplace for First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, supporting vibrant Indigenous
employee networks, and advancing priorities that are important to Indigenous communities.

The successful candidate will support DFO Science in advancing rights recognition and reconciliation through collaborations in Science. They will work with DFO Science staff and Indigenous partners to forge innovative and mutually-beneficial partnerships, to better integrate Indigenous knowledge into science activities, planning, and advice.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

• Manage assigned human, financial and material resources.
• Lead or provide advice to DFO staff and external partners on development of project proposals and study design.
• Act as liaison between and provide support to DFO Science staff and Indigenous partners to increase collaborations in science activities, planning, and advice.
• Support consideration of Indigenous science, knowledge, and principles in departmental decision-making, including analysis of gaps, challenges, opportunities, and resources required to support these changes.
• Undertake strategic engagement with Indigenous communities.

Intent of the process

The intent of this selection process is to staff one indeterminate position in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

A pool of (fully or partially) qualified candidates will be established through this process to staff identical or similar positions at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Regions, with various tenures (determinate period or indeterminate), various conditions of employment and for various locations.

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)

• Graduation with a degree from a recognized university
in natural, physical or applied science.

Degree equivalency

• Experience writing scientific papers or reports.
• Experience in designing and conducting field surveys
and/or laboratory experiments.
• Experience organizing and conducting scientific work in
aquatic science as a project lead.
• Experience in management of human and financial
• Experience in statistical analysis of ecological data.
• Experience working with the marine or fishing industry,
Indigenous organizations, or stakeholder groups.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of survey design.

• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to develop and provide science-based advice and
recommendations to scientists, managers, or stakeholders.
• Ability to present scientific work in a clear and concise
manner and explain concepts clearly to the general public,
and scientists.

• Creating vision and strategy.
• Mobilize people.
• Uphold integrity and respect.
• Collaborate with partners and stakeholders.
• Achieve results.
• Promote innovation and guide change.

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


• Graduation with a post-graduate degree, with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the

Degree equivalency

• Experience conducting scientific work in assessment of aquatic stocks.
• Experience conducting scientific work in biodiversity science or conservation biology.
• Experience conducting scientific work in oceanography.
• Experience working in scientific studies of freshwater/anadromous species and ecosystems.

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

Information on employment equity

For some positions:
• Work in harsh environments through field work or on vessels at sea.
• Work in and around water.
• Work flexible hours and overtime as required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Valid motor vehicle driver's license or mobility to the extent of the possession of a valid driver's license.
• Travel for extended periods of time.

For some positions:
• Medical fitness in accordance with certification by Health

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

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


Communications for this process will be sent to your e-mail account. You must check your e-mail account frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is your responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Please ensure your e-mail address accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will consider that you are not interested in participating in this selection process should you not respond to our communication.

When communicating with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number (23-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-586355) in the subject field of your email.

Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.


We can’t wait to read your application! Candidates who best meet the education and experience criteria will be invited to the next stage of assessment.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you are a Person with a disability (e.g. a learning difficulty or a visual or auditory impairment) and require accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process (including the submission of your application), please notify the person listed in the ‘Contact Information’ section below to request an accommodation measure. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation link: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/assessment-accommodation-page/how-to-request-assessment-accommodation.html

DFO recognizes and values the important contribution volunteer work offers in developing employees' experience, skills, etc., as well as enriching our organization and communities. Throughout this selection process, you are encouraged to demonstrate how any relevant volunteer work (e.g., working on committees, union activities, employee networks, community work, etc.) has contributed to the development of your experience, skills, personal suitability, etc., as they relate to this position.


► Step 1: Application

When submitting your application, you must clearly demonstrate in the screening questionnaire how you meet the education and experiences listed under ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS and the experiences listed under ASSET QUALIFICATIONS. Please describe using concrete examples HOW, WHEN and WHERE you have acquired these qualifications. It is not enough to just say that you have the required qualifications, or to list your current responsibilities. An effective approach would be to write a paragraph or two to show that you have the qualification required by ensuring the clarity and precision of details. Résumé may only be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described. Comments such as 'refer to my attached résumé' will not be accepted and may result in your application being rejected.

► Step 2: Assessment

Once your application has been selected for evaluation, you will be invited to complete assessments that will assess all the essential criteria listed above. You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and asset qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each essential qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

You will be asked to provide proof (original documentation will be required) of your education credentials. If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. For more information please click on “Degree Equivalency” in the Education section above.

In order to manage the number of applications in this selection process, management may use top-down or random selection at various steps in the process to determine the number of candidates who will continue in the process. Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not necessarily 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 or random selection at any stage of the process, or to invoke an asset(s) at any point of the process.

► Step 3: Appointment

If the hiring manager has determined that you meet the requirements for the position, you will receive an official notification from Human Resources indicating that you are in the qualified pool of applicants. Should you be selected for the position, the hiring manager will contact you directly to discuss the opportunity. You will be required to meet any conditions of employment for the position, such as a valid security clearance, Canada Health medical clearance, etc., which will be reflected in your employment letter of offer.



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

Lei Harris, Coordinator, Advisory Services |
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