Aquatic Science Technician 1

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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Aquatic Science Technician 1

Reference number: DFO24J-011667-000913
Selection process number: 24-DFO-PAC-EA-618347
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bella Coola (British Columbia), Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Smithers (British Columbia)
$52,710 to $66,263

Closing date: 31 March 2025 - 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

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.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard are stronger and most effective when we reflect the diversity of the Canadian population we serve. In support of achieving a diversified workforce, first consideration may be given to candidates self-declaring as belonging to one of the following employment equity groups: Indigenous Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Women. As part of your application to this selection process, we invite you to self-declare which employment equity group(s) you belong to. To learn more, visit our website on Self-declaring for Government of Canada jobs.

Intent of the process

Positions are temporary ranging from 3 weeks to 6 months. A pool of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff similar term or casual positions at full or part-time hours in various locations within the Stock Assessment Program in the North Coast area.

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)

A secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives (a satisfactory score on the PSC test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience).

Degree equivalency

Experience operating and/or maintaining field equipment such as boats, motors, vehicles, inflatable rafts, gill & seine nets and biological sampling and mechanical equipment.

NOTE: Please note your application and answers to the screening questions will be used to assess your “Ability to communicate effectively in writing”.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge in biological sampling methods such as those used in the Stock Assessment of Pacific salmon.
Knowledge of Pacific salmon biology.
Knowledge of Pacific Salmon identification and methods for enumeration of Pacific Salmonids.

Abilities and Skills:
Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Ability to follow health and safety guidelines.

Personal Suitability:
Effective interpersonal skills.

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

Successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree in a field relevant to the knowledge requirements.

Degree equivalency

Occupational Certification
Valid Canadian Federal Firearms Possession & Acquisition License.
Valid First aid certification Level 1 with transportation endorsement.
Valid Swift water rescue training.
Bear aware.
Canadian Coast Guard Pleasure Craft Operator Card.
SVOP (Small Commercial Vessel Operator Proficiency) certification.
MEDA3 (Marine Emergency Duties) certification.
Radio Operator Certificate (Marine).

Experience working with salmonids and/or collecting and recording data pertaining to Salmonids
Experience using applicable computer software programs such as MS Excel, Access and Word.
Experience in biological sampling methods such as those used in the Stock assessment of salmon.
Experience in working with public, private, industry groups, First Nations and/or other government agencies.
Experience in the in the stock assessment of fish species.

Abilities and Skills:
Ability to work effectively independently.
Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Proficient in the operation and maintenance of power driven vessels.
Ability to drive and back up boat and cargo trailers.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard are committed to establishing and maintaining a workforce representative of the population it serves. In order to achieve this representative workforce, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application, indicate that they are belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups (self-declaration): Indigenous peoples, Women, Visible Minorities and Persons with Disabilities.

Operational Requirements
Working overtime, weekends, variable hours and shift work as required to meet operational need.
Working and living in remote field camps, often for extended periods of time under challenging conditions (limited amenities, inclement weather, etc.)
Working in and around the ocean, lakes and swiftwater environments
Participation in periods of strenuous physical work, associated with field activities and equipment maintenance.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Willing and able to work overtime, weekends and variable hours as required by operational needs.
Willing and able to work in remote field camps for extended periods of time (several weeks) away from home and family.
Willing and able to work in and around lakes, river (swiftwater) and marine environments.
Willing and able to work in remote field camps for extended periods of times
Willing and able to work in inclement weather with limited amenities for extended periods of time and endure hardships such as insects, wildlife, angry public
Willing and able to work with and travel using, helicopters, boats, small planes, quads and vehicles.
Willing and able to perform strenuous field work associated with field activities and equipment maintenance such as hiking along rivers packing heavy field gear, installing and modifying enumeration and sampling equipment.
Willing and able to complete and update related health and safety and work site specific training.
Willing and able to attain and maintain certifications as may be required to meet Departmental health and safety standards.
Valid Health Canada medical.
Proof of Valid Driver’s License.

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

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