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Assimilation of Multi-year Urban Land Cover Information - Research Affiliate Program

Reference number: RSN23J-095296-000219
Selection process number: 2023-RSN-EA-SPI-570645-1
Natural Resources Canada - Strategic Policy and Innovation Sector - Canada Center for Mapping and Earth Observation
Mississauga (Ontario)
This is a student position of 15-20 hours per week. The hourly rate varies ($22.71 to $34.59) depending on the level of education, according to the Treasury Board student rates of pay. Payments will be made in equal installments three times per year.

For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

For further information on the organization, please visit: Canada Center for Mapping and Earth Observation

For further information on the rates of pay, please visit Rates of Pay

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

Closing date: 31 May 2023 - 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) or eligible to enroll in graduate program at University of Toronto
• Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

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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.

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The successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research in the fields of remote sensing image processing, big-data processing, and spatial analysis. The focus of this research concerns generation, validation, improvement and assimilation of multi-year land cover information derived from diverse satellite image data, in order to provide long-term consistent urban growth map information for studies on the impacts of urbanization on disaster risk intensity/distribution, local climate changes, energy consumption and other urban issues.

The successful student will have the opportunity to interact with CCMEO staff, researchers and technicians. The day-to-day work will take place at University of Toronto (Mississauga campus).

The successful candidate should have a good work ethic, a strong sense of responsibilities, and the ability to work in team environments.

Note: This position will commence September 2023.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "maximum 2000 words"


You are eligible for this program if you meet these 3 requirements:

•You are a full-time student in a post-secondary institution
•You are enrolled in an academic program that requires research as part of your curriculum
•You meet the minimum age required in the province/territory of work

This includes students with physical or emotional disabilities deemed to have full-time status by their academic institution. Adult students registered in education and retraining programs at the secondary level may also be eligible for student employment programs. See our site for additional details.

Contact information for 2 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 eligible to enroll in Master’s or PhD program in Geography, University of Toronto.

Degree equivalency

• Experience in analyzing and understanding geospatial data.
• Experience in computer program development.
• Experience in satellite image processing.
• Experience in conducting literature reviews and summarizing information.
• Experience in writing research reports and making scientific presentations.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Computer programming
• Knowledge of optical remote sensing
• Knowledge of spatial analysis using map information derived from satellite data

• Interactive communication
• Initiative
• Adaptability
• Teamwork

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

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

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email. Candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

A written examination may be administered.
An interview may be conducted.
Reference may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/.

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

You must indicate on your application if you require a technical aid for testing or an alternative method of assessment.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

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 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

Melissa Lapointe, Human Resources Advisor, Staffing Operations
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