Chief Officer - Marine

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2023

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Chief Officer - Marine

Reference number: DFO23J-104096-000020
Selection process number: 23-DFO-ACCG-EA-570904
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Coast Guard - Fleet
Shippagan (New Brunswick), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
SO-MAO-03, SO-MAO-05, SO-MAO-06, SO-MAO-07, SO-MAO-08
$41.01 to $58.88 per hour

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

We also invite you to explore our local Coast Guard web-site, where you will find a wide range of information on the Canadian Coast Guard.

Closing date: 8 March 2025 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Apply online

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

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

→ If you qualified on Process #21-DFO-ACCG-EA-CCG-307210A, please do not re-apply ←
→ If you qualified on Process #18-DFO-ACCG-EA-CCG-230033, please do not re-apply ←


The Chief Officer is the second in command and is responsible to the Commanding Officer for the general work, cleanliness and good order of the ship except that which is the responsibility of the Chief Engineer or the Logistics Officer

Work environment

Want a career where you help save lives?

The Canadian Coast Guard offers a sea of careers that few can emulate. We are an organization that offers its employees the chance to save lives; protect Canada’s pristine environment; and travel to areas so remote that your only neighbour is wildlife. In short, we are anything but ordinary!

As an organization, we oversee ships of all types; cutting-edge helicopters; and employ about 4,500 people, who work tirelessly to protect and secure 243,000 kilometers of Canada’s vast and rugged coastline.

The Canadian Coast Guard has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2021! Apply now so you don’t miss the boat!

Intent of the process

An inventory of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff similar positions on an indeterminate, term or acting basis.

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)


►Valid Transport Canada STCW Watch Keeping Mate Near Coastal Certificate or higher

SO- MAO-06/07
►Valid Transport Canada STCW Chief Mate, Near Coastal Certificate (over 3000GT) or higher

►Valid Transport Canada STCW Master, Near Coastal Certificate or higher

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

Various language requirements
English essential
Bilingual Imperative ( --B/--B)

Information on language requirements

►Uphold Integrity and Respect
►Create Vision and strategy
►Collaborate with partners and stakeholders
►Mobilize people
►Promote innovation and change
►Achieve Results

►Ability to communicate

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


►Valid Transport Canada STCW Watch Keeping Mate or higher.

►Valid Transport Canada STCW Chief Mate Certificate or higher.

►Valid Transport Canada STCW Master Mariner Certificate.

►Successful training in one or more of the following areas:
- Armed Boarding
- .50 Calibre Machine Gun
- Basic Oil Spill Response (BOSRC) or higher
- Rescue Specialist
- Twiners Course
- Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) certification
- Crane Operators Course

►Valid Transport Canada Fishing Master Class


►Experience as a Deckhand on a commercial fishing vessel.

►Experience operating cranes, winches and trawls.

►Experience in carrying out any or all of the following Canadian Coast Guard programs as a Chief
Officer or as a Commanding Officer :
- Aids to Navigation
- Search and Rescue
- Icebreaking
- Arctic Operations
- Conservation and Protection or NAFO
- Science Programs (seismic or hydrographic work)
- Fishing/Trawler Programs
- Programs for Other Government Departments such as RCMP, DND, CBSA or EC.
- Fast Rescue Craft Operations for Conservation and Protection
- Helicopter Operations as a flight Deck Officer (FDO)

►Experience as a Chief Officer or higher.

►Experience as a Chief Officer or as a Commanding Officer during a refit period.

►Experience in shore based Fleet/Shipboard Management positions (Candidates must describe the duration and duties performed during any assignment ashore.)

►Experience in OHS committee investigating workplace injury or reviewing and updating Shipboard Safe Work Instructions.

►Membership in one of the designated Employee Equity Groups.

Conditions of employment

►Secret Security Clearance
►Valid Health Canada Medical for seagoing personnel.
►Maintain a valid Certificate of Competency.
►Requirement to go to sea for prolonged periods of time and in adverse weather conditions.
►Requirement to wear and maintain a uniform, safety footwear, and personal protective equipment to Canadian Coast Guard standards.
►Willingness and ability to work overtime as required.
►Willingness to be deployed within the Atlantic Region.
►Compliance with the CCG Safety Management System and Standards.
►Adherence to the Canadian Coast Guard Respiratory Protection Program.
►For vessels assigned primarily to Search and Rescue operations, employees must be within 30 minutes response time to the vessel during assigned work period.
►Valid Canadian Passport (for identified positions).
►Must be willing and able to travel by air, land or by sea.

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

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard seek to hire candidates that reflect Canada’s diversity and are committed to fostering a public service culture grounded in diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility.

Self-declaring. Because you count. 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. Learn more about Employment Equity.

SO-MAO-03: $33.02 - $36.99 per hour
SO-MAO-05: $37.28 - $41.59 per hour
SO-MAO-06: $39.14 - $43.39 per hour
SO-MAO-07: $40.62 - $45.05 per hour
SO-MAO-08: $42.74 - $47.39 per hour


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

Candice Reath, Atlantic Fleet Staffing Officer

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