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Aquatic Science Technician – Inventory *Amendment*

Reference number: DFO20J-021514-000101
Selection process number: 20-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-303076
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Ecosystems and Oceans Science Sector
Dartmouth (NS), Coldbrook (NS), Yarmouth (NS), Sydney (NS), Digby (NS), Bridgewater (NS) St. Andrews (NB), French Village (NB), Plaster Rock (NB)
EG-02, EG-03, EG-04, EG-05
$49,457 to $80,083 (See Notes)

For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Closing date: 1 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad who are members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities and Women.

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

This inventory is open to individuals who self-declare as a visible minority, a person with a disability, an Aboriginal person or a woman. Therefore, only those applicants who indicate in their application that they are members of the requisite Employment Equity (EE) group(s) will be considered.

The term “Aboriginal” is used within this job advertisement as it relates to the Employment Equity Act and other legislative frameworks. The term “Indigenous” is used, where feasible, in support of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

Note: If you are currently an employee with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we encourage you to apply to the internal selection process 20-DFO-MAR-IA-EOS-303077.

Work environment

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) manages Canada’s fisheries and safeguards its waters. Through our services and programs, we contribute to the safety, security and accessibility of the country’s waterways using sound science, forward-looking policy, and operational and service excellence. DFO protects Canada’s oceans, freshwater, and aquatic ecosystems and species, from the negative impact of humans and invasive species. This is proudly accomplished through sound science, and in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Science Branch ensures Canada’s fisheries, including aquaculture, are protected, managed sustainably and support Indigenous participation. Members of this dynamic group support strong economic growth in our marine and fisheries sectors, contribute to innovative research in aquaculture and biotechnology, and are instrumental in our clean and healthy environments and sustainable aquatic ecosystems. By working with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industry, environmental organizations, coastal communities and a host of other partners, DFO has developed an outstanding team, valuing democracy, people, integrity, stewardship and excellence.

Intent of the process

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Maritimes Region. As positions become available, essential qualifications will be established and applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment. The duration of the job opportunities will vary (e.g. temporary or permanent).

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

► A secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives

Degree equivalency

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Core Competencies:
► Demonstrating integrity and respect;
► Thinking things through;
► Showing initiative and being action-oriented;
► Working effectively with others;
► Effective oral and written communication.

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

When applying, you are only required to answer "Yes" or "No" to the screening questions for the following qualifications.

►Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position

►Experience providing technical support for scientific field or laboratory projects in one (or more) of the following areas:
a) Fish population science
b) Fish stock assessment
c) Fish habitat science
d) Fisheries productivity science
e) Marine mammal ecology or stock assessment
f) Ecosystem science
g) Aquatic invasive species
h) Species at risk
i) Benthic ecology
j) Environmental science
k) Marine biology

►Experience programming with one or more of the following programming languages:
a) Python
b) Django Framework
c) SQL
d) R

►Experience in writing documents (e.g. data and summary reports)

►Experience using computer-based software (e.g., email, spreadsheets, and word processing) in support of work-related tasks and communications

►Experience inputting, validating, maintaining, and summarizing data on a computer

►Experience in scientific laboratory techniques

►Experience in oceanographic meta-data management

►Experience with data mining, statistical analysis, and plotting

►Experience with developing maps using R, ArcGIS or QGIS software

►Experience planning and conducting collections of samples or biological data

►Experience using, maintaining, and troubleshooting specialized aquatic science field and/or laboratory equipment

►Experience working with aquatic organisms (finfish, invertebrates, marine reptiles, marine mammals, marine plants)

►Experience maintaining and providing care for live aquatic animals in freshwater or marine laboratory systems

►Experience providing technical support, including the collection and management of data

►Experience in the development of software for collection and/or quality control of data, preparation of graphical outputs and/or reports

►Experience in supervising and training support staff (employees, contractors and/or students)

►Experience leading a field crew to undertake marine or freshwater field work

►Experience working collaboratively with diverse groups such as industry stakeholders, indigenous organizations, academics, environmental organizations

►Experience maintaining, operating or troubleshooting infrastructure or equipment (e.g., power tools, plumbing, scientific equipment)

►Experience assisting in repairs and upgrades to mechanical systems

►Experience working under the direction of project leaders on the preparation or mobilization/demobilization of marine-related field projects

►Experience providing technical support to projects in/related to marine mammal stock assessment or marine mammal ecology

►Experience conducting marine mammal surveys on small vessels or from small aircraft

►Experience in the use of passive or active underwater acoustic devices

►Experience identifying marine vertebrate and invertebrates using taxonomic keys

►Experience in processing aquatic fish or invertebrates for the purposes of ageing AND/OR interpreting age from ageing structures

►Experience in plumbing with PVC pipe and fittings

►Experience in mechanical systems linked to water treatment systems for aquatic animal holding

►Experience using and maintaining mechanical equipment to assess water quality (such as; salinity, oxygen and pH meters, osmometers, tensionometers) for fish or invertebrates

►Experience in reading and preparing line drawings and simple schematics of mechanical systems

►Experience in SCUBA-diving, recreation and/or scientific

►Experience in tagging of aquatic organisms, tracking and tagging data analysis

►Experience in fieldwork in aquatic environments (freshwater, coastal, or marine)

►Experience working in marine-related field settings, such as on offshore vessels/platforms, coastal vessels/platforms, and/or in proximity of water (e.g., wharves, jetties, etc.)

You are not required to meet the following requirements to apply to the inventory.

For some positions:
►Reliability Security Clearance.
►Valid Health Canada Medical.
►Valid driver’s license or mobility to the extent of the possession of a valid driver's license.
►Willingness and ability to work flexible hours and overtime as required.
►Willingness and ability to work at sea for prolonged periods of time in various weather conditions.
►Willingness and ability to travel by air, land or by sea.
►Willingness to work aboard various platforms including small planes and boats of various sizes.

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

By completing the Employment Equity section in your application, you help create a Public Service that is diverse, inclusive and representative of identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada. Only those applicants who indicate in their application that they are members of the requisite Employment Equity (EE) group(s) will be considered for employment resulting from this selection process.

► Step 1: Application
When applying to this selection process, you will be asked if you have any of the experience listed above. Only a “Yes” or “No” response is required at this time. You will be required to provide an updated resume.

► Step 2: Job Matching
As positions become available, the hiring manager will establish the experience requirements a candidate would need in order to be successful in the role. They may also identify some “nice to have” qualifications which would be an asset if a candidate had such experience.

Upon identifying the requirements of the position, Human Resources will review your responses to the experience questions and your location preference. Should you indicate you have the experience factors the hiring manager is looking for and the position’s location is within your preference, Human Resources will contact you to:
1. Confirm you are interested and available in the position
2. Ask you to elaborate on how you meet the experience required.

This communication will be sent to you using the GC Jobs communication platform as well to your e-mail. Please ensure that you check your e-mail and GC Jobs account frequently as there is often a deadline for your response.

► Step 3: Online Assessment
You will be asked to complete an online video interview using the VidCruiter Platform which will be recorded and made available to the hiring manager. The online interview is designed to assess your verbal communication skills and assess you against the core competencies.

Please note: You may be asked to complete an online interview before you’ve been matched to a position.

► Step 4: Additional Assessment
Depending on the position being staffed, the hiring manager may establish additional criteria that are essential qualifications which you must meet. These criteria may include additional abilities and/or knowledge factors for their vacancy. Therefore, in addition to reference checks, a knowledge test or additional interview may be required.

► Step 5: Appointment
If the hiring manager has determined that you meet the requirements for the position, you will receive an official notification from Human Resources. 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 which will be reflected in your employment letter of offer.

Applications to this selection process will expire every 150 days from date of submission. If your application is expired, you will not be referred to future vacancies. You will automatically be send an e-mail when the warning period date is reached (125 days) and a notice will be placed on your GC Jobs account. The expiry and renewal dates displayed in the notice are adjusted daily until the warning period is over. If you do not renew your application, the expired notice will remain in your account and you can renew your application until the closing date for this inventory.

There will be two inventory pulls conducted from this inventory a year, January and June. However, should there be no qualified candidates for a vacancy, additional pulls may be conducted.

Communication for this process will be sent to your GC Jobs account and to your e-mail. 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 email 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 (20-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-303076) 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.

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.

►EG-02 - $49,457 - $60,171
►EG-03 - $54,399 - $66,185
►EG-04 - $59,842 - $72,804
►EG-05 - $65,822 - $80,083

Suspension of vaccination requirement:

Effective June 20, 2022 the vaccination requirement for the Core Public Administration (CPA), including the RCMP, will be suspended. As of that date, employees of the CPA will no longer be required to be vaccinated as a condition of employment.


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

Debi Campbell, HR Business Partner Trainee
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