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Science & Technology Policy Advisor

Reference number: DOE22J-043095-000203
Selection process number: 22-DOE-NCR-EA-559858-1
Environment and Climate Change Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Various locations
$88,618 to $101,999

Closing date: 4 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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

The information provided must enable the Selection Board Members to understand HOW (clear explanation of duties), WHEN and for HOW LONG (date and length of time in months or years), and WHERE (employer and geographic location) the experience was acquired. You will be asked to provide this information during the application process.

Your resume may be used to confirm the information provided. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information. A lack of information may result in your application not being considered any further.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.



Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)’s Science and Technology Strategies Directorate is currently recruiting for a number of policy advisory positions in order to fulfil its broad mandate. This represents an excellent opportunity to develop and expand your skills and knowledge at the interface of federal science and policy-making. Come join a dynamic team that regularly works with researchers and scientists, departmental policy makers and regulators, as well as other government departments and agencies.

The Science and Technology Strategies Directorate leads on a wide range of key files for ECCC, including:

- Policy development and implementation
- Science-policy interface
- Scientific integrity
- Open science
- Climate science
- Indigenous science
- Science advice
- Strategic partnerships
- Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

In this role, you will have the opportunity to develop policy and position papers, as well as briefing and presentation materials. You will also contribute to formulating and providing strategic advice to senior management on complex science-policy issues, by conducting analysis to advance the strategic objectives of the Science and Technology Strategies Directorate and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Work environment

ECCC and the Science & technology Branch are committed to diversity and inclusion. We have several networks dedicated to ensuring that the department and branch continues to grow as an inclusive, accessible, respectful and diverse workplace. All employees are encouraged and welcomed to join the networks and participate in their activities and events. Available networks and working groups include:

• ECCC Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion, and Employment Equity
• ECCC Women in Science and Technology Committee
• STB Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
• Black Employees Network
• EX Network (EXNet)
• Green Team
• Indigenous Employees Network
• LGBTQ2+ Network
• Managers’ Network
• Official Languages Network
• Employee Accessibility Network
• National Youth Network
• Visible Minorities Network

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates may be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions within Environment and Climate Change Canada, with various language requirements and profiles, security levels and employment tenures which may vary according to the position being staffed.

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)


ED1. Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with an acceptable specialization in economics, sociology or statistics.

Notes: 1.Candidates must always have a degree. The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and may have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization. The specialization may also be obtained through an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency


EX1. Experience analyzing and synthesizing information from multiple sources on complex* issues or policies to inform strategic decision-making

EX2. Experience working on multidisciplinary teams or collaborating with internal or external stakeholders on horizontal initiatives.

EX3: Experience in developing and providing strategic advice, and making recommendations to senior management or decision makers

EX4. Experience working with different organizations or sectors (e.g., government, non-governmental organizations, private sector, or academia)

* Complex is understood to mean having at least two (2) of the following characteristics: 1) several stakeholders; 2) sensitive in nature; 3) very technical; 4) setting a precedent; 5) having a major external or organizational impact; 6) high visibility (e.g., media or public attention).

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


AED1: University degree in the physical or natural sciences

AED2: Master’s degree or PhD from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in a discipline relevant to the duties of the position

Degree equivalency


AEX1: Experience developing policy on environmental issues

AEX2. Experience working with Indigenous peoples

AEX3: Experience consulting or collaborating with various levels of government, including federal, provincial, territorial, municipal or Indigenous governments

AEX4: Experience working with in collaboration with international bodies on policy matters


AK1: Knowledge of federal government responsibilities and priorities regarding Indigenous peoples, Indigenous Science and or Knowledge

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

Various language requirements
- Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB
- English Essential

Information on language requirements


K1. Knowledge of environmental issues and key priorities of Environment and Climate Change Canada

K2. Knowledge of the role of science in supporting Environment and Climate Change Canada’s priorities


A1. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

A2. Ability to provide strategic advice and recommendations on science-policy issues

A3: Ability to collaborate with partners or teams on projects or policy issues

A4 Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

Personal Suitability

PS1. Effective interpersonal relationships

PS2 Thinking things through

PS3. Demonstrating initiative and being action oriented

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


In order to support efforts to achieve a diverse workforce, selection may be limited to applicants who self-identify as part of a designated employment equity group: Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women.

Information on employment equity


- Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice

- Ability and willingness to travel on an occasional basis

An operational requirement is an element needed for the operations of the work unit or organization. The requirement may be needed now or in the future, and expresses the service requirements.

The operational requirements may vary depending on the position to staff.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance - A condition of employment is a requirement that employees must meet or comply with before being appointed to a position. Employees have to maintain conditions of employment on an ongoing basis, throughout the duration of their employment in the position.

The conditions of employment may vary depending on the position to staff.

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

A written examination, an interview and/or a reference check may be part of the candidates' assessment.

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).

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

A pass mark will be established for each qualification. However, achieving the pass mark is not guarantee of an appointment or that candidates will advance to the next stages of the assessment process. A cut-off score (in other words, establishing a higher threshold than the pass mark and selecting only the candidates who meet this threshold) and a top-down approach (in other words, establishing a maximum number of candidates who can proceed to the next assessment stage) may be used at any step if there is a sufficient number of candidates to meet immediate and anticipated staffing needs.

Depending on the requirements of the position(s) being staffed from this process, for current or future vacancies, any or all of the asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs may be applied at the time of staffing. Candidates may be contacted and assessed against these criteria at any time during this process.

If you are already working for the Public Service, please clearly identify your substantive group and level, your employment status, and PRI on your resume / application.

Candidates will be required to submit a copy of their education documentation. 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/.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, 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

Marie Gagné - Human Resources Advisor
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