Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Student Program – Summer 2023

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard, IRB


Dartmouth (Nova Scotia),
Québec (Québec),
Sarnia (Ontario),
St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador),
Victoria (British Columbia)

Job type



$18.17 – Crew Member / $23.85 - Coxswain

Number of jobs

Approximately 120 Crew Members & 42 Coxswains

Contact information

Find out about rates of pay

FSWEP eligibility criteria

What you will gain 

Training in search and rescue operations:

    • Rewarding real-world experience in delivering on-water search and rescue  
    • Experience participating in joint rescue tasking with multiple local agencies
    • Opportunities for professional growth and leadership roles
    • Opportunities to become proficient at operating a Fast Rescue Craft (FRC)
    • Development of professional networks with other like-minded students

CLOSING DATE: December 30, 2022

What you will do

The crew members of the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service provide assistance to mariners in distress or in need of assistance via a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or a Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre. Working on the water during the summer as an IRB crew member comes with serious responsibility. Search and Rescue (SAR) operations can occur at any time of the day or night, during all types of weather and sea conditions.

Each IRB crew consists of one Coxswain*and two crew members. Crews operate on a rotating schedule of 14 consecutive days of work followed by 14 days of rest.
*Requires two summers as a crew member to be eligible.

Crew members:
• Conduct marine SAR operations in response to various request for assistance by boaters. Ranging from towing disable vessels to participating in searches with emergency partners or providing medical assistance as first responders. All operations occur on a 24/7 on call basis;
• Perform docking and tie-up procedures, vessel radio communications, log keeping, navigation, helm and lookout duties, and equipment maintenance and checks on small craft vessels;
• Participate in training with government and non-government organizations.

• Act as station supervisor and team lead, and direct crew members in station operations and missions;
• Conduct administrative duties related to the management and operation of the station;
• Ensure that the crew, station and IRB assets are SAR ready;
• Facilitate and organize training and community outreach events with government and non-government organizations.

What we are looking for

You must meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria:

FSWEP Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for students who are dependable, calm, and can make safe and sound decisions in high stress environments, promote team spirit, are driven to achieve common goals and are looking for a challenging but rewarding job.

Conditions of Employment


1. Canadian driver’s license
2. Standard First Aid certification with CPR-C/AED certification
3. Pleasure Craft Operator Card
4. Restricted Radio Operator Certificate (ROC-M)

Please note that you do not need to possess all of the above at time of application. We will contact you in January to collect the first 3 documents. The Restricted Radio Operator Certificate (ROC-M) will be required in March.

Additional requirements 

Subject to the successful completion of mandatory training before the beginning of the operational season, you will be assigned to an IRB station as a crew member for a full time student contract from May to early September*. Assignment to a station is determined by a regional IRB Coordinator. Some stations are remote and offer very few city amenities. Working hours during the operational season are typically eight (8) hours per day but can be adjusted at the discretion of the Coxswain or Officer In Charge. Crews will remain “on call” outside their normal working hours while on duty. All personnel must be available for work at all times while on "on-call" and must be in a position to respond to a SAR call within thirty (30) minutes. While your 14 days of work, you will live and work with your crew. Accommodation and a shared meal budget will be provided during this time. The Canadian Coast Guard does not provide accommodations or meals during off-duty periods.

*Some stations may remain open for longer periods depending on operational requirements. Ask your regional IRB Coordinator for more information.


You will work in one of the following sectors:

Atlantic Region
• Newfoundland & Labrador Sector (St. John’s): the stations are located in Conception Bay South, Terra Nova National Park, and Lewisporte.
• Maritimes Sector (Dartmouth): the stations are located in Shediac, Charlottetown, Pictou, Saint John, Mahone Bay and Halifax.

Central Region
• St. Lawrence Sector (Quebec City): the stations are located in St-Zotique, Vaudreuil, Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel and Trois-Rivières.
• Great Lakes Sector (Sarnia): the stations are located on Gereaux Island (Britt Station), on Brebeuf Island, in Port Lambton, St. Williams (Long Point Station), Lansdowne (Hill Island Station) and on Lake St. Clair (Thames River Station).

Western Region
• Victoria Sector: the stations are located in Nootka Sound, Sointula, Cortes Bay and Kelsey Bay.

*If you’re interested in working for the Arctic Region, please see the job posting for “Maritime Search and Rescue Crewmember” or “Supervisor: Maritime Search and Rescue” which will be posted end of October 2022 on the main federal public service jobs portal:


Your self-identification is important to us and to the creation of a diverse and inclusive Canadian Coast Guard that is truly representative of the people we serve. If you are a member of an Employment Equity group such as Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and/or women, we encourage you to self-identify. Students from these groups who are successfully hired will have the opportunity to share their voices and perspectives to influence change through social, cultural and professional empowerment.

Don't forget that the application deadline is December 30, 2022

Important Note:

Initial communication pertaining to this process will be sent via email account CCG Student Recruitment Program / Programme de recrutement d'étudiants de la GCC (DFO/MPO)


It is your responsibility to regularly verify your email, including your junk/spam folders, for new communication regarding this selection process, and to inform us by way of the above-noted email address of any change of address, phone number and email address.

CLOSING DATE: December 30, 2022

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