Coxswain Casual Inventory

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted on Friday, March 31, 2023
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Coxswain Casual Inventory

Reference number: DFO23J-019006-001026
Selection process number: 23-DFO-MAR-EA-EOS-578045
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Canadian Hydrographic Service
Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
SC-DED-05, SO-MAO-03
$30.35 to $36.99 per hour

Closing date: 30 March 2025 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons permanently residing within 200 KM of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1 Challenger Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia).

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.


As a Coxswain with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, you will play a critical role in collecting data necessary to produce authoritative nautical charts and publications. In this role, you will be responsible for navigating the vessel during the collection of hydrographic survey data.

Hydrographers use multibeam echo-sounders to calculate the distance to the sea floor. These tools measure depths by bouncing sound waves off the seabed and measuring the length of time that it takes for the echo to return.

Surveys done this way follow pre-planned lines along which the surveying vessel steers. How closely the lines are spaced depends on the complexity of the seabed. In hazardous waters, complete coverage of the bottom is required.

As coxswain, you will work closely with the on-board hydrographer and/or the Hydrographer-In-Charge in order to safely launch, recover, and secure the survey vessel at various ports/marinas; perform pre-departure checks of all mechanical and safety equipment; record deficiencies as well as keep daily logs of vessel usage; safely navigate the vessel during survey operations utilizing various means including but not limited to electronic charts, radar, and on-board hydrographic acquisition software.

Intent of the process

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for an immediate vacancy. Applications received from this job advertisement will be periodically downloaded as staffing needs are identified by the hiring manager. A pool of candidates may be established and used to staff positions on a casual basis.

Casual workers are hired for specified periods that may not exceed 90 working days in one calendar year. A casual contract may be on an “as and when required” basis whereby a person with no assigned hours of work reports when needed and usually in response to an urgent need.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


► Valid Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with respect to Basic Safety-STCW.
► Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)
► Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC-MC)

► Valid Marine Emergency Duties (MED) with respect to Basic Safety-STCW.
► Valid Transport Canada, Master Limited Less than 60T Certificate of Competency.
► Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC-MC)

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

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

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

► Experience working onboard Near Coastal class vessels.
► Experience in the basic maintenance of Near Coastal class vessels.
► Valid Class 1 driver’s license or Class 5 with Condition 15 (Valid for towing trailer over 4500kg).

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

► Valid Health Canada Medical*
► Requirement to go to sea for various lengths of time.
► Requirement to travel by land, air and water.
► Requirement to work overtime.

*A valid Transport Canada Seafarer’s medical may be accepted on initial appointment for a period of up to a maximum of 6 months or until a Health Canada Medical is completed.

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


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

Graham Bondt, Project Supervisor
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