Aquatic Science Biologist - Inventory

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Aquatic Science Biologist - Inventory

Reference number: DFO22J-019006-000949
Selection process number: 22-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-343104
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Science
Dartmouth (NS), Coldbrook (NS), St. Andrews (NB), Mactaquac (NB)
BI-02, BI-03
$65,662 to $106,319

For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

To learn more about Science at DFO, please click here.

Closing date: 24 August 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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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


Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) manages Canada’s fisheries and safeguards its waters. Through our services and programs, we contribute to the safety, security and accessibility of the country’s waterways using sound science, forward-looking policy, and operational and service excellence. DFO protects Canada’s oceans, freshwater, and aquatic ecosystems and species, from the negative impact of humans and invasive species. This is proudly accomplished through sound science, and in collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Science Branch ensures Canada’s fisheries, including aquaculture, are protected, managed sustainably and support Indigenous participation. Members of this dynamic group support strong economic growth in our marine and fisheries sectors, contribute to innovative research in aquaculture and biotechnology, and are instrumental in our clean and healthy environments and sustainable aquatic ecosystems. By working with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, industry, environmental organizations, coastal communities and a host of other partners, DFO has developed an outstanding team, valuing democracy, people, integrity, stewardship and excellence.

Intent of the process

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Maritimes Region. As positions become available, essential qualifications will be established and applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

  • Where you are interested in working?

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

► Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

KEY LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES (for supervisory positions):
► Create Vision and Strategy
► Mobilize People
► Integrity and Respect
► Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
► Promote Innovation and Guide Change
► Achieve Results

►Ability to communicate effectively orally.
►Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

► Showing initiative and being action-oriented
► Working effectively with others
► Thinking things through
► Demonstrating integrity and respect
► Dependability

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

Depending on the position being staffed, any of the following criteria may be deemed as an essential or asset qualification.

When applying, you are only required to answer "Yes" or "No" to the following qualifications. You will receive a questionnaire at a later date where you will have to provide further information outlining how you meet the qualifications.

►Post-graduate degree from a recognized university in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency


►Experience conducting scientific work.

►Experience in scientific field work and laboratory work.

►Experience in data analysis and data management.

►Experience in project or program management.

►Experience in scientific reporting and providing advice.


For some positions:
►Valid driver’s license or mobility to the extent of the possession of a valid driver's license
►Willingness and ability to work flexible hours and overtime.
►Willingness and ability to work at sea for prolonged periods of time in various weather conditions.
►Willingness and ability to travel by air, land or by sea.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

For some positions:
►Valid Health Canada Medical.
►Valid driver’s license or mobility to the extent of the possession of a valid driver's license.
►Work flexible hours and overtime as required, including evenings and weekends.
►Work at sea or in the field for prolonged periods of time in various weather conditions.
►Work aboard various platforms including small planes and boats of various sizes.
►Drive large pick-up trucks and tow trailers.

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


► Step 1: Application

When applying to this selection process, you will be asked if you have any of the experience listed above. Only a “Yes” or “No” response is required at this time. Further, you will be required to provide an updated resume and asked to provide an example of when you’ve demonstrated the personal suitability that DFO is looking for.

► Step 2: Job Matching

As positions become available, the hiring manager will establish the experience requirements a candidate would need in order to be successful in the role. They may also identify some “nice to have” qualifications which would be an asset if a candidate had such experience.
Upon identifying the requirements of the position, Human Resources will review your responses to the experience questions and your location preference. Should you indicate you have the experience factors the hiring manager is looking for and the position’s location is within your preference, Human Resources will contact you to:
1. Confirm you are interested and available in the position
2. Ask you to elaborate on how you meet the experience required.

This communication will be sent to you using the GC Jobs communication platform as well to your e-mail. Please ensure that you check your e-mail and GC Jobs account frequently as there is often a deadline for your response.

► Step 3: Online Interview

You will be asked to complete an online video interview using the VidCruiter Platform which will be recorded and made available to the hiring manager. The online interview is designed to assess your verbal communication skills and assess you against the personal suitability required for each BI-02 and BI-03 position.
Please note: You may be asked to complete an online interview before you’ve been matched to a position.

► Step 4: Additional Assessment

Depending on the position being staffed, the hiring manager may establish additional criteria that are essential qualifications which candidates must meet. These criteria may include additional abilities and/or knowledge factors for their vacancy. Therefore, in addition to reference checks, a knowledge test or additional interview may be required.

► Step 5: Appointment

If the hiring manager has determined that you meet the requirements for the position, you will receive an official notification from Human Resources. Should you be selected for the position, the hiring manager will contact you directly. You will be required to meet any conditions of employment for the position, such as a valid security clearance which will be reflected in your employment letter of offer.


Applications to this selection process will expire every 150 days from date of submission. If your application is expired, you will not be referred to future vacancies. You will automatically be send an e-mail when the warning period date is reached (125 days) and a notice will be placed on your GC Jobs account. The expiry and renewal dates displayed in the notice are adjusted daily until the warning period is over. If you do not renew your application, the expired notice will remain in your account and you can renew your application until the closing date for this inventory.


There will be two inventory pulls conducted from this inventory a year. However, should there be no qualified candidates for a vacancy, additional pulls may be conducted.


Communication for this process will be sent to your GC Jobs account and to your e-mail. You must check your e-mail account frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is your responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Please ensure your e-mail address accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Please note that we will consider that you are not interested in participating in this selection process should you not respond to our communication.

When communicating with us during any stage of this process, please indicate the selection process number (22-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-343104) in the subject field of your email.

Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications.


Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.


By completing the Employment Equity section in your application, you help create a Public Service that is diverse, inclusive and representative of identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.


In order to achieve a representative workforce, selection may be based on qualified candidates self-declaring (at time of application) as being a member of visible minority group or an aboriginal person or a person with a disability or a woman.


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

Robin Nickerson, HR Business Partner

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