Great Lakes Area Summer Fisheries Student Program - 2023

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Burlington (Ontario),
Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario)

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$16.00 - $25.52 per hour

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FSWEP eligibility criteria

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What you will gain

Do you want to work outside, on the water or in a lab? Do you want to use your aquatic biology skills to make a difference? Come work for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)! You will gain valuable experience towards your career while providing a much needed service to Canadians.


This experience with DFO will provide you with:

• exposure to how aquatic biology and science is conducted in the Federal Government

• diversified on-the-job training including: a myriad of safety, boating, ATV’ing, trailering, first aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training

• a network of peers and mentors within the Aquatic Biology community and the public service


CLOSING DATE:  December 18, 2022


What you will do

Students work in teams with DFO staff to collect, process, analyze, provide operational support and report on fisheries related operations. Generally, students are engaged in field and lab work but may also be involved with computer and office work.


Typical tasks may include:

• collecting biological samples/information from candidate lakes and rivers

• sampling water, sediment, benthic invertebrates, zooplankton, freshwater mussels, and fishes

• assessing the chemical, physical and biological nature of Great Lakes tributaries for Sea Lamprey management

• collecting habitat and species information to assess the status of Federal Species at Risk and of Aquatic Invasive Species


Note 1:  While working in the field, you may encounter adverse conditions and travel for extended periods of time to complete research projects


Duration:  Full-time from 01 May to 01 September 2023


Note 2: Limited flexibility of contract dates exists, especially with start date, due to extensive mandatory training at the beginning of all new student contracts and schedule of field research activities through summer field season.


What we are looking for

Post-secondary students who are currently registered in a program of study at College or University who have taken or will be taking aquatic biology courses


We are also looking for those with:

• an inquisitive mind

• initiative

• teamwork skills

• strong communication skills


You must meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria


Language:  English


Note 3: This program is administered from Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario). However, more than half the positions are located in Burlington, ON. If you are chosen for an interview, you will be given the opportunity to choose between being based out of Sault Ste. Marie or Burlington.


*You do not need to apply if you were previously employed under this program. If you would like to be considered for current job opportunities, please contact William Gardner at


Conditions of employment

Conditions of employment are any requirements that must be met or complied with before being hired to a particular position, and are to be maintained throughout the duration of employment.


For our student program, candidates will need to:

• pass a Health Canada approved physical exam prior to selection (which will be coordinated by DFO)

• meet the necessary security standard (National Security Investigation) in order to obtain and maintain a valid Enhanced Security clearance prior to selection (coordinated by DFO)

• be willing and able to travel to, and work in, the United States; therefore, some positions may require a U.S. work visa


At the time of interview candidates are required to provide the following valid documents:

• a driver’s licence

• a Pleasure Craft Operators Card


Additional information

You are expected to cover your own relocation and living costs when working in the office or laboratory.

TRAVEL: Most of the student positions require large amounts of field work which involves travel and living in hotels/motels/other accommodation, arranged and paid for by DFO.  Meal expenses are also paid by DFO.


CLOSING DATE: December 18, 2022


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