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Research Affiliate Student / Summer Student - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: AGR21J-022535-000089
Selection process number: 21-AGR-RAP-14A
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Makkovik (Newfoundland and Labrador)
The projected start date is July 2, 2021 with an end date of August 27, 2021 (or depending on the candidate's availability or needs) with possibilities of part-time extension. It is expected that the student will work 37.5 hours per week.
$15.00 to $33.58 per hour (Varies as per the level of education and experience.)

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: Jobs.gc.ca

Closing date: 17 May 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must meet the following criteria:

-Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled. (Proof will be required)

-Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

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

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

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.

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).


Students will be required to work outside most days, sometimes in inclement weather (e.g. cold/hot temperatures, rain, wind), while wearing appropriate protective equipment (e.g. rain gear). Several projects require bending for extensive periods (e.g. taking soil samples, collecting insects, weeding), and lifting (e.g. soil pots, greenhouse plastic).

Note that field and lab-based work may be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At all times, regional public health guidance as well as AAFC’s policies and protocols regarding the pandemic will be followed. In the event that the anticipated duties are temporarily or permanently suspended due to the pandemic, students may be assigned alternative tasks that can be completed from home, such as data entry or literature review.

Number of positions: 1

1 student for “Supporting Makkovimiut Food Systems” (Inuit Community of Makkovik, NL):
One student will work with a local project manager and under AAFC staff in the field to assist with the setup, maintenance, data collection/entry, sample collection, and community engagement on a project to develop community-scale composting and vegetable gardens in Makkovik; term from early May to late August; 14-16 weeks (dates potentially flexible).

Work environment

The student filling the position in The Inuit Community of Makkovik will be working on a community-scale composting and vegetable production project. Makkovik is located in Nunatsiavut (coastal Labrador) and is a community of approximately 350 people. This beautiful, remote community is accessible by Twin Otter aircraft or by seasonal ferry; there is no road access to Makkovik.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

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

Currently enrolled/or willing to enroll in a diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program in a recognized post-secondary academic institution in one of the following areas:

Environmental sciences
Rural community development
Natural Resources
Plant Sciences
Plant pathology
Plant physiology
Plant ecology
Any program involving field work or practical laboratory work
Another relevant program (please provide detail to support this)

Degree equivalency

Experience* conducting field, laboratory and/or greenhouse experiments, and/or community development projects.

*In the context of student recruitment in the Federal Public Service, the experience can be acquired through the studies, work experience, or volunteer activities.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of laboratory or field project methodologies, tools, and theories.
Knowledge of the Inuit Community of Makkovik

Interactive communication
problem solving

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

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

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

FOR ALL STUDENTS: Possession of a valid driver’s license

With appropriate safety precautions in place, able and willing to work in laboratory, greenhouse, and/or field environments for extended periods at a time.

Able and willing to work outdoors under various weather conditions.

Under normal safety precautions, able and willing to work with hazardous materials.

Known allergies must be controlled through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication and must not impinge upon the duties to be performed.

Ability and willingness to work overtime including weekends.

Ability and willingness to travel on a daily basis to nearby field sites and on a weekly basis to some of the experimental sites which are two (2) to three (3) hours away from the base of operations to collect samples.

Ability and willingness to perform physical tasks such as crouching, bending, and lifting objects of a moderate weight.

Students hired for the entomology position must be comfortable handling live and dead insects.

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

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.jobs.gc.ca.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel related to assessment and successful candidates will be responsible for obtaining their own living accommodations.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Lynn Cowan - Human Resources Coordinator
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