Aquatic Science Technician III
Government of Canada
Winnipeg, MB
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Arctic and Aquatic Research Division
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
$54,399 to $66,185
For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Closing date: 18 February 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing 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 submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education, and the essential and asset experience qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question, including when (from-to), where (occupational title, organization) and how you obtained your education and experience. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Describe the situation/task, the action you took, what you accomplished and/or what you learned. Content of your response must be supported by your CV/resume as your responses to these questions will be used as a primary source of information and your CV/resume will only be used to validate this information. Should you indicate in your response "please refer to CV/resume" your application may be rejected. Lack of examples and details may result in your application being rejected as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine if the requirement is met.

Work environment
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for policies and programs in support of Canada's economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters; for the conservation and sustainable utilization of Canada's fisheries resources in marine and inland waters; for leading and facilitating federal policies and programs on oceans; and for safe, effective and environmentally sound marine services responsive to the needs of Canadians in a global economy.

Intent of the process
This is a full-time indeterminate position. The anticipated number of position(s) that may be staffed with this advertised process is one (1); however, a pool of qualified candidates may be established through this staffing process and may be used to staff similar positions with different tenures (i.e. on a term, acting or an indeterminate basis).
Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Successful completion of secondary school.

Degree equivalency

  • Experience providing technical support for scientific field or laboratory projects in one of the following areas: fish stock assessment, fish ecology, marine mammal stock assessment, marine mammal ecology, fish habitat science, benthic ecology, aquatic invasive species, species at risk, ecosystem science, or oceanography.
  • Experience implementing science based standardized protocols
  • Experience in the collection of data in field or lab settings.
  • Experience using computer software to process data
  • Dependability
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective interpersonal skills
If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
Graduation with a diploma or degree from a recognised post-secondary institution in a field of natural, physical or applied sciences relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

  • Experience conducting scientific technical work:
a) in open waters on medium and large vessels
b) in fresh or coastal waters on small vessels
c) from small aircraft and helicopters
d) in remote areas
e) in the Arctic
  • Experience with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience writing procedural, data, or technical reports
  • Experience identifying freshwater or marine zooplankton
  • Experience identifying freshwater or marine fish
  • Experience using field equipment to sample plankton, invertebrate, or fish species
  • Experience working with live aquatic organisms in the field or lab
  • Experience operating, trailering and launching small vessels
  • Experience operating and maintaining or troubleshooting specialized aquatic science field or laboratory equipment
  • Experience with modern data collection sensors or technologies (e.g. data storage tags, satellite telemetry, drones)
  • Experience operating and maintaining oceanographic equipment (e.g. moorings, water samplers, rosettes)
  • Experience working with microscopes in a lab environment
  • Experience using digital imaging software (e.g. Leica LAS, Image-Pro, Adobe Photoshop)
  • Experience with methods and equipment used to prepare structures for finfish age estimation
  • Experience estimating the age of Arctic Char, Lake Trout, or coregonid species (e.g. Lake Whitefish)
  • Experience with sample tracking and archiving
  • Experience working in a lab environment using quality assurance and quality control protocols to ensure the production of reliable data
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing - **The ability to communicate in writing will be assessed using the written material submitted during the application process.
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 group: Aboriginal persons

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment
  • Reliability Status security clearance
For some positions:
  • Medical fitness in accordance with certification by Health Canada
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • WHMIS training
  • Firearms Acquisition Certificate
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card
  • Marine Emergency Duty Training – A1 or A3 Level
  • VHF Operators Certificate
  • Valid CPR and First Aid certificates
  • Willingness and ability to:
a) work outdoors under all weather conditions
b) participate in surveys aboard research vessels
c) work in confined spaces
d) climb ladders and work at heights
e) work in harsh field conditions (e.g. hot, humid and noisy environments) while wearing full personal protection equipment (e.g. hard hat, hearing protection, etc.)
f) travel within Canada or internationally, for extended periods
g) engage in moderately strenuous physical activity and lift or lower moderately heavy equipment (18-25 kg)
h) willingness and ability to work flexible hours and overtime

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

A variety of assessment tools may be used in the assessment of candidates, such as: written exercise, oral interview, and/or reference checks. Some assessment tools may be administered electronically, others, in-person or over the telephone.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

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

PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail and PSRS. Applicants who apply to this selection process must ensure their email address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has an Accommodation Policy and will accommodate up to the point of undue hardship for the duration of the selection process, and upon any offer of employment, for the performance of duties in the position.

An alternative format (such as Braille) of this notice is available upon request.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans