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Masters student - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: SHC22J-010609-000139
Selection process number: 22-NHW-HECS-EA-NCR-342090
Health Canada - Safe Environments Directorate - Climate Change and Innovation Bureau
Virtual work location
$22.71 to $28.57 per hour (Student rates of pay)

For further information on the organization, please visit Health Canada

The student must be willing to start the work term on September 1, 2022. It is expected that the student work 15 hours per week. The work term will end March 31, 2023. For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit:

Closing date: 16 August 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents 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

Health Canada is committed to increasing representation of Black employees and other racialized groups, Indigenous People, women and persons with disabilities. Health Canada would like its workforce to be reflective of the population it serves. Therefore, we encourage candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a member of one of these groups.

Give yourself the best chance to succeed! As the objective of this process is to assess qualifications needed for the position(s) to be staffed, let us know if you have a functional limitation/ disability, which may affect your performance. For example, contact us if you need assistance in completing and submitting your application. Should you then proceed to the next assessment stage, such as an exam or interview, we will send you an e-mail with additional information on the assessment format so that you can determine if you may require an accommodation (such as a different test format, an adaptive technology, or additional time). Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so candidates with functional limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities.

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Health Canada welcomes applications from Veterans. We recognize your contribution to Canadians and would like to offer you the opportunity to continue your career in an environment where multi-talented employees with diverse skills are appreciated and supported.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency are dedicated to building an inclusive workforce that comprises individuals who have an array of identities, abilities, background, culture, skills, perspectives, and experiences that are representative of Canada’s current and evolving population. We are passionate about fostering a workplace where all people feel welcome, can reach their full potential, and contribute their unique perspectives and experience to the success of the team.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex (including gender identity and/or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, civil union or relationship status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other status protected under federal law.


The successful candidate will assist the Heat Division (such as the Senior Science Advisor) with projects to translate scientific understanding to practically address how to protect the health of Canadians from extreme heat. In particular, the student will support the Health Canada’s Extreme Heat Program with the following tasks:
• Conduct literature scans/reviews;
• Review documents from stakeholders and provide technical comments;
• Author plain language evidence-based synthesis documents and memos with practical
recommendations for local and regional health authorities and Health Canada’s
management; and/or
• Conduct ad hoc tasks for the Heat Division to protect the health of Canadians from extreme heat.

Colleagues within the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau with many years of expertise in extreme heat are committed to collaborating with you and sharing their input, advice and expertise.

The successful candidate should demonstrate:

• Enthusiasm, energy, commitment and flexibility to working in a fast evolving and high profile policy environment.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Exceptional analytical, writing and oral communication skills.
• A strong interest in public health policies, health equity and science-policy translation.

Work environment

Extreme heat events are posing a growing public health risk in Canada. Climate change can mean longer and more intense heat waves that can be dangerous for the health of Canadians. Health Canada’s Heat Program aims to protect the health of Canadians from extreme heat.

Health Canada’s Heat Program, within the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada, works to address the health impacts of extreme heat. It does so through developing and disseminating public health promotion communications and advice; providing expert advice and publishing guidance materials for health authorities and health professionals; and, working with Environment and Climate Change Canada and provincial, territorial, and local health authorities to support the implementation of Heat Alert and Response Systems (HARS). We are a passionate and dedicated group with diverse professional backgrounds including environmental health science, public health, urban planning and epidemiology.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one Masters student position.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Please describe how you meet the education and experience qualification by providing details and concrete examples including where, when and how it was acquired. The ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed via the cover letter."

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

The Student must be currently enrolled in a Masters Program in a recognized postsecondary academic institution with full-time status in one of the following specializations: human kinetics, public health, environmental health and epidemiology.

Degree equivalency

*Experience in analysing and reviewing scientific data, literature and information.

*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 the theories, principles, procedures or methods in biological science.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to conduct searches of scientific literature and information.

Respectful of diversity
Effective Interpersonal Relations

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

Organizational Need:
In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-declaring as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, Persons with disabilities, Members of visible minorities, and Women.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

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

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.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

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.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

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

Contact information

Amy Kirby - Team Lead
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