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Underwater Archaeology Technician

Reference number: CAP20J-022036-000013
Selection process number: 2020-03-CAP-OC-0162
Parks Canada Agency - Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate
Ottawa (Ontario)
6-month term with possbility of extension
$62,741 to $71,340 (salary under revision)

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Closing date: 21 April 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: All persons who have legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

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The successful candidate will serve as a diving and support technician for Parks Canada's Underwater Archaeology Team (UAT) based in Ottawa. We work throughout Canada primarily at National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas, and National Historic Sites. Within the wider Parks Canada organization we research, help protect, and present nationally-significant examples of Canada's underwater cultural heritage. Our work takes us to remote and environmentally challenging locations throughout Canada, for example, The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada in Nunavut. We work from various platforms that include the Research Vessel (RV) David Thompson, excavation support barge Qiniqtirjuaq, and the survey and diving boat RV Investigator. The successful candidate will join our professional dive team of seven underwater archaeologists and a diving systems technologist for archaeological fieldwork, surveys, logistics support, and boat and vehicle operations. The successful candidate requires, among other qualities, excellent technical aptitude in commercial diving (and related equipment operation, maintenance and repair), knowledge and experience of working from boats, effective interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to fit into a dynamic team. For additional information on Parks Canada, our team, and some of our work, see the following links:


Work environment

Parks Canada is a federal government agency responsible for the protection and presentation of Canada’s outstanding natural and cultural resources through a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites in all regions of Canada.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to create a list of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various tenures, security levels or linguistic requirements in same or other parts of the country.

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)


EDU: A diploma from a recognized institution in the field of commercial diving.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Recent* experience as a commercial diver using a range of SCUBA and surface supply diving equipment, techniques, and support systems in cold-water environments;
EX2: Recent* marine experience in geographically remote settings;
EX3: Experience in the repair and maintenance of commercial diving and associated support equipment;
EX4: Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of work boats;
EX5: Experience in the safe operation and maintenance of commercial vehicles;
EX6: Experience with Microsoft Office software applications and Internet research.

* Recent is defined here as a minimum of two (2) years’ experience within the last five (5) years.

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

English or French

Information on language requirements


K1: Knowledge of SCUBA and surface supply diving equipment (including but not limited to compressed gas cylinders, panels, compressors, diving helmets/masks, umbilicals, underwater communications/video systems and specialized underwater power tools) its operation, maintenance and applicable safety standards;
K2: Knowledge of hyperbaric chambers, gas physics, gas physiology, gas mixing, safe oxygen handling and diving system design, specifications and operation;
K3: Knowledge of diesel engines, gasoline engines, outboard motors, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, electrical systems;
K4: Knowledge of road transportation regulations;
K5: Knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of work boats;
K6: Knowledge of the Parks Canada Agency mandate;
K7: Knowledge of underwater archaeology in Canada and its practices and ethics.


A1: Ability to safely and effectively dive in cold-water in Canada to extract, survey, and document underwater archaeological evidence (under the guidance of underwater archaeological staff) and to safely operate all associated support equipment for both SCUBA and surface supply diving;
A2: Ability to plan, schedule and undertake the inspection, service, recertification, modification and repair of diving equipment;
A3: Ability to maintain a complete and current record of the history and disposition of a range of equipment as well as individual and team dive statistics;
A4: Ability to recognize equipment malfunctions and troubleshoot their causes;
A5: Ability to advise on technical and logistical aspects of equipment acquisitions and to apply established material management and financial practices;
A6: Ability to prioritize and organize tasks in a fast-paced environment;
A7: Ability to research, analyse and apply regulations and safety standards;
A8: Ability to communicate information in oral and written form.


PS1: Judgement;
PS2: Initiative;
PS3: Reliability;
PS4: Comfortable and effective in a team setting;
PS5: Demonstrates integrity.

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



AQ1: Valid driver’s licence (equivalent to class “A” in Ontario);
AQ2: Diver Certification Board of Canada (or equivalent): Unrestricted Surface Supplied Supervisor qualification;
AQ3: VHF radio operator licence;
AQ4: Transport Canada Marine Emergency Duties (MED) and/or Standard for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) training;
AQ5: Transport Canada Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certificate and/or Master Limited Certification;
AQ6: International Marine Contractors Association (or equivalent) Diver Medic Certificate;
AQ7: Apeks/Aqualung Certified Service Technician;
AQ8: Kirby Morgan Dive Systems, Inc. Maintenance and Repair Technician.

Degree equivalency


AK1: Knowledge of crane and rigging operations.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

- Hold a valid driver’s licence (equivalent to class “G” in Ontario);
- Hold valid SCUBA diving certification;
- Hold valid and current Diver Certification Board of Canada (or equivalent) qualification: Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver;
- Must present a current and complete diver’s logbook verifying dive experience;
- Hold First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Administration certificates;
- Must successfully pass a diving medical examination (OSH Periodic III) required for the position;
- Must successfully pass Parks Canada annual diver qualification;
- Must be able to dive and work in challenging and remote Canadian environments for extended periods of time.

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

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Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their application.
Please submit your completed application, including all of the above-mentioned documentation. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

The Parks Canada Agency is established as a separate employer in the Federal Public Service under the Financial Administration Act. Persons appointed to the Agency continue to be part of the Public Service. The Parks Canada Agency operates under its own human resources framework outside of the Public Service Employment Act and in line with values of fairness, competence and respect, and its operating principles.

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Travel cost for individuals who are not Federal Public Servants will not be covered.

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