STUDENTS: Geoscience Field, GIS Data, Lab/Office and Research Assistants
Government of Canada
Calgary, AB
Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey of Canada
Calgary (Alberta), Atlin (British Columbia), Sidney (British Columbia), Vancouver (British Columbia), Fort Simpson (Northwest Territories), Deh Cho Region - Other locations (Northwest Territories), Gwich'in Region - Other locations (Northwest Territories), North Slave Region - Other locations (Northwest Territories), Sahtu Region - Other locations (Northwest Territories), South Slave Region - Other locations (Northwest Territories), Dartmouth (Nova Scotia), Cape Dorset (Nunavut), Coral Harbour (Nunavut), Grise Fiord (Nunavut), Iqaluit (Nunavut), Kimmirut (Nunavut), Kugluktuk (Nunavut), Pangnirtung (Nunavut), Qikiqtarjuaq (Nunavut), Ottawa (Ontario), Québec (Québec), Dawson (Yukon), Whitehorse (Yukon), Northern Yukon - Other locations (Yukon)
RAP students will be paid through a bursary or by an hourly rate of pay. See "Important Messages" for more information.
For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 2 July 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled (proof will be required).
  • Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.
Apply online

Important messages
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.

The client organization will accept applications on-line only. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the GC Jobs website at To submit an application on-line, please select the button "Apply Online" below. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

In addition to the possible work locations listed above, work opportunities may be available in Ross River, YK, Pond Inlet, NU, Taloyoak, NU, and Baker Lake, NU.

RAP Bursary Payments:
  • Bachelor Students (eligible in their final year of study only) receive $4,500 (1 year).
  • Masters Students receive $17,500 per year (1- 3 years).
  • Doctorate Students receive $21,000 per year (1-3 years with the possible extension for an additional year).
Student rates of pay: $12.93 - $25.94/hour; for more information:

The inventory will be updated every 60 days. You will receive a notice in your applicant account 10 days before the end of your active period to determine whether or not you wish to keep being considered for an additional 60 days.

As positions become available, the applicants included in this inventory may be contacted and referred for further assessment. Please ensure that your information is updated and remains current in your applicant account.

Should you be contacted for further consideration, the hiring manager will provide a copy of the complete 'Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment' for the position being filled. You may be required at that time to provide additional information to be used for screening.

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit:

Students working in Geological Survey of Canada labs and offices will be responsible for their own living expenses and accommodation.

Field work anywhere in Canada; Lab work and office work at Geological Survey of Canada offices in Dartmouth (NS), Quebec, Ottawa (ON), Calgary (AB), Vancouver, or Sidney (BC), and areas of the Yukon, British Columbia, North West Territories, and Nunavut for fieldwork, depending on the location of the Geological Survey of Canada supervisor.

Field-based: Much of the field work will be led by research scientists of the Geological Survey of Canada, commonly in partnership with territorial and/or provincial partners. Field seasons generally last 2 to 2.5 months, depending on weather conditions and climate. Accommodation is generally under canvas with rudimentary conveniences, hence a strong desire to experience and enjoy the outdoors is essential. The work itself commonly involves foot traverses, hence a high degree of physical fitness is required. Commonly helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are part of the daily routine. In some cases work may be ship-borne.

Other field work may be undertaken in areas where more infrastructure is available, mostly in southern Canada. Work conditions will be variable depending on local circumstances.

In general, undergraduate assistants assist the research team. Senior undergraduates may undertake work towards a BSc thesis. Graduate assistants are generally responsible for a specific body of research related to the outcomes of the program offering the assignment. Assistants with substantial GIS training will be required to maintain the field databases in some field camps.

Lab and Office based: Lab and office based assignments are variable. They could include geochronology, isotope, geochemistry, geophysics, remote predictive mapping, GIS and other support work.

In particular, projects will be seeking GIS support of all kinds at various levels of proficiency. This may include cartography, image analysis and interpretation, database construction, and data management and interpretation.

Work environment
At Natural Resources Canada, a Federal government job means developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you.

The Geological Survey of Canada is a part of the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada. It is Canada's premier agency for geoscientific information and research, with world-class expertise focusing on geoscience surveys, sustainable development of Canada's resources, environmental protection, and technology innovation by acquiring, interpreting and disseminating geoscience information concerning Canada's landmass, including the offshore.

Intent of the process
This inventory may be used to staff various full-time and part-time positions in the Research Affiliate Program within Natural Resources Canada in the Lands and Minerals Sector with various language requirements, various qualifications and conditions of employment and for various locations.
Positions to be filled: 15

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Registered in an accredited post-secondary institution and recognized as having full-time status by the academic institution.

Degree equivalency

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
The following courses and/or programs must have been completed in a recognized post-secondary institution:
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in a Master's program.
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in a PhD program.
  • Graduation with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geoscience.
  • Successful completion of courses in environmental science or environmental technologies.
  • Successful completion of courses in geology or earth science.
  • Successful completion of courses in structural geology, bedrock geology, surficial geology or geomorphology.
  • Successful completion of courses in sedimentology such as clastic, carbonate or fluvial.
  • Successful completion of courses in hydrogeology.
  • Successful completion of courses in hydrocarbon systems.
  • Successful completion of courses in geochemistry or geophysics.
Degree equivalency

In the context of student recruitment in the federal public service, experience can be acquired through studies, work experience or volunteer activities.

  • Experience using fieldwork mapping software such as ArcGIS, QGIS, GIS or MapInfo.
  • Experience in air photo interpretation, satellite imagery analysis or satellite image processes or using software such as PCI Geomatica or ENVI.
  • Experience using MatLab.
  • Experience programming with Python.
  • Experience using graphics software such as Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator.
  • Experience using MS Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel).
  • Experience using other IT programs as applicable to the position being staffed.
  • Experience working in a lab.
  • Experience working in an office.
  • Experience working in the field.
  • Experience performing research.
  • Experience working in isolated communities.
  • Experience performing rigorous fieldwork.
Speak or understand an Indigenous language.

License(s) and/or training such as lab safety, WFA, wilderness survival, WHMIS, First Aid, water safety, driver’s licence, PAL, ATV, boating, small engine repair, prospector’s licence, heavy equipment operator, predator defence, helicopter safety).

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements
English essential, French essential, English or French essential

Information on language requirements

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

  • Natural Resources Canada is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. This organizational need may be identified as part of the appointment decision. In such cases, qualified candidates who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities or women (in non-traditional occupations) could be considered in priority.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - Note: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment. Therefore, the student will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-related documents.

Other information
The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that is representative of Canada's diversity, which includes the recruitment of Canadian Veterans and releasing Canadian Armed Forces personnel. We encourage applicants to identify any abilities, competencies, and/or experiences acquired through employment with the Canadian Armed Forces where applicable.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

It is our intention to communicate with candidates via email for screening and assessment purposes. This will include communication of screening results and invitations to written tests and interviews. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate's responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Transcripts and a list of courses may be required.

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

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.