Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Officer - Ab initio Trainee
Canadian Coast Guard
Ottawa, ON
Nunavut Inuit will be considered before all other applicants. We will provide training to successful candidates that involves some time at the CCG College as well as on the job. Lastly, we provide government housing.

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

Tell us about yourself! We want to know why you would be the ideal candidate for this position and what you would bring to this role. You can do this by sending a copy of your resume to the contact provided below, or simply by clicking "Apply Online".

At times we will check this inventory for applicants. When there are new applicants we will invite them to complete our MCTS Officer Aptitude Test. To be able to successfully perform the duties of an MCTS Officer, we are looking for candidates with skills in arithmetic, checking, coding, memory and spatial awareness.

If you achieve a passing score on our MCTS Officer Aptitude Test, we will then schedule you for an interview. During the interview we are looking for candidates to demonstrate their ability to do the following:

Work with others
Manage difficult situations
Be adaptable
Show initiative
Be service oriented
Show strong judgement
Communicate - orally and in writing
Typing (accuracy and speed will be tested)

Nunavut Inuit (beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement) will be considered before other applicants (including persons with priority entitlement and Veterans).

As part of its priority to advance reconciliation and renew Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) are committed to hiring more Indigenous peoples into their workforce. Better representation within the public service of Canada’s fastest-growing demographic group will lead to more innovative and inclusive solutions to today’s complex challenges. Ultimately, this will improve government services for Canadians. Indigenous peoples are therefore encouraged to apply to this inventory and self-identify.

1. Successful candidates may be eligible for staff housing and the reimbursement of relocation costs.

2. Isolated Post Allowances (Northern Allowance) range from $19,000 to $31,000, which is based on if the employee has dependents or is occupying staff housing.

3. Vacation Travel Assistance will be provided for each eligible member of the household.

If you are unable to submit an application online, it can be dropped off in-person to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada office at:

630 Qamutiq Building
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Alternatively, you can fax your application to Central and Arctic Region, Great Lakes Sector Human Resources at (519) 383-1988 or by email to

Please ensure to clearly quote the selection process number: 18-DFO-CEN-EA-CCG-252534


What does an MCTS Officer do?

As a Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Officer, you are the eyes and ears of Canadian marine traffic. You work on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard to provide one of the first responses to vessels in distress. You also oversee the safety of Canada’s waterways by communicating with vessels, issuing weather bulletins, and monitoring marine traffic to prevent accidents and make sure that vessels are complying with Canadian laws. The services you provide help protect human lives at sea, conserve the marine environment, and efficiently manage ship movements.

This career is perfect if you are looking for fast-paced, exciting work, thrive on excitement, and are capable of multi-tasking with a calm, clear, and focused mind.

Work environment

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government's civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians. As a Special Operating Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the CCG helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada's oceans and waterways.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff two (2) MCTS Officer positions in Iqaluit, NU. Pulls from the inventory will be done as needed.

Positions to be filled: 2

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

A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Competency in skills associated with MCTS Officer duties (Arithmetic, Checking, Coding, Memory, and Spatial Ability). Note: this will be assessed using the MCTS Aptitude Test.
Ability to keyboard (30 wpm with 95% accuracy).
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to communicate in writing.

Working with others
Client Service Orientation
Managing difficult situations
Judgement and decision making

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

Experience in a marine environment (for example - member of a Ship's crew, Navigation Officer, Commercial Fisheries, Sea Cadets, etc...)

Knowledge of Inuit culture, society and economy

Knowledge of environmental characteristics of the Nunavut Settlement Area

Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement

Willingness to relocate based on operational requirements.
Willingness to work overtime upon successful completion of all Phases of MCTS Officer training.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Health Canada pre-placement evaluation;
Willingness to accept seasonal employment;
Willing and able to travel;
Willing and able to accept shift work;
Willing and able to work weekends.

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


If you are one of the successful candidates from this process, you will receive training both at the Canadian Coast Guard College and in Iqaluit at our MCTS Centre. You will experience what its like to do the job of an MCTS Officer in our state of the art Simulator as well as being provided On the Job training with an experienced MCTS Officer.

A copy of this poster may be provided in Inuktitut upon request.


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

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