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Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Student Program - Summer 2020

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



$17.64 - Crew Member / $23.15- Coxswain

Number of jobs

Approximately 120 Crew Members & 42 Coxswains

Contact information


FSWEP eligibility criteria

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

What you will gain

Note 1: The Coast Guard is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you, when applying, to self-declare if you belong to the following targeted Employment Equity group:
• Aboriginal person

The Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Service operates under the Search and Rescue (SAR) Program as a part of the Canadian Coast Guard Incident Management Service. Each summer, we hire and train post-secondary students to become members of an IRB crew.

Are you interested in a challenging but rewarding job? Do you want to provide key maritime services to Canadians to make our waterways safe and accessible?

This opportunity can provide you:
• Direct, hands-on marine Search and Rescue experience;
• A realistic job preview of career opportunities within the Canadian Coast Guard;
• Small vessel operations experience including Transport Canada and Canadian Coast Guard marine certifications (e.g., MED-A3, SVOP, MAFA, Coast Guard RHIOT, etc.);
• Occupational skills development including teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving.

CLOSING DATE: January 13, 2020

What you will do

Upon successful completion of IRB training, you will be assigned as a crew member at an IRB station. Some stations are remote and offer very few city amenities.

The IRB Crews are tasked with responding and providing assistance to mariners in distress or in need of assistance by a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre or a Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre.

Each IRB crew consists of one coxswain (station supervisor and team leader) and two crew members. Crews operate on a rotating schedule of 14 consecutive days of work followed by 14 days of rest.

While on-duty, you will live and work with your crew. Accommodation and a shared meal budget will be provided during this time. 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" duty and must be in a position to respond to a Search and Rescue (SAR) call within thirty (30) minutes.

The Canadian Coast Guard does not provide accommodations or meals during off-duty periods.

Note 2: Working on the water during the summer as part of an IRB crew 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.

As a Crew Member, you will participate actively to complete diverse tasks, which may include the following:
• Conduct marine search and rescue (SAR) operations responding to marine medical, vessel emergencies and marine pollution; incidents on a 24/7 on-call basis;
• Perform docking and tie-up procedures, vessel radio communications, log keeping, navigation, helm and lookout duties, and conduct equipment maintenance and checks on small craft vessels;
• Participate in training with government and non-government organizations.

As Boat Coxswain, you will be responsible for diverse tasks, which may include the following:
• Supervise and direct new and returning IRB crew members in station operations and search and rescue taskings;
• Conduct administrative duties related to management and operation of your assigned IRB station;
• Ensure your IRB crew, station and assets are SAR ready;
• Facilitate and organize training and community outreach events with government and non-government organizations.
• Full-time during the summer (May to September 2020) under the condition of successful completion of the mandatory training prior to the operational season.
• No part-time work opportunities.

What we are looking for

Post-secondary students who are:
• team players
• dependable
• motivated

You must meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria

Preference will be given to students who are able to provide the following valid documents::
• Canadian Driver's License (Unrestricted)
• Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate, Level C
• Standard First-Aid Certificate (Minimum of 16 hour course)
• Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)
• Restricted Radio Operator Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M) (Please visit the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons Website for more information.

Note 3: Candidates will be expected to provide valid documents directly following the application deadline, with the exception of ROC-M for candidates applying to Atlantic Region. If we are unable to identify a sufficient number of students who possess these documents, other students will be considered as well.
If you would like to explore this possibility, submit your application indicating the following:

Work location: The Coast Guard operates IRB/SAR stations in five sectors across Canada.

As part of the IRB crew, you will work in one of the following sectors:

Atlantic Region:
• Newfoundland & Labrador Sector (St. John’s); Stations are located in Notre-Dame Bay, Bonavista Bay, Conception Bay;
• Maritimes Sector (Dartmouth); Stations are located in Shediac, Charlottetown, Pictou, Saint John, Mahone Bay, Halifax;

Central and Arctic Region:
• St. Lawrence Sector (Québec City); Stations are located inSt-Zotique, Vaudreuil, Beaconsfield, Longueuil, Sorel, Trois-Rivières;
• Great Lakes Sector (Sarnia); Stations are located in Britt on Geraux Island, Brebeuf Island, Port Lambton, Long Point Hill Island, Thames River;

Western Region (Victoria); Stations are located in Nootka Sound, Sointula, Cortes Bay, Kelsey Bay.

Note 4:
• Station assignment in each sector is determined by an IRB Coordinator.
• Some stations are located in remote locations.
• No relocation expenses will be reimbursed.
• Each regional IRB coordinator reserves the right to assign successful IRB candidates to alternative positions within the Canadian Coast Guard to meet operational demands.

For more information please contact

Atlantic Region:
• Newfoundland & Labrador Sector: stephen.sheppard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
• Maritimes Sector: isaac.longard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Central and Arctic Region:
• St. Lawrence Sector: laurence.ruelens-lepoutre@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
• Great Lakes Sector: mandy.taylor@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Western Region: stephen.pitman@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Conditions of Employment

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

• Medical Fitness of the Health Canada Occupational Health Assessment, Category III required for all operational personnel engaged in search and rescue services.
• Security Standards to obtain and maintain a valid Enhanced Security clearance.

CLOSING DATE: January 13, 2020

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