Canada nationals: Program Scientist

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Gatineau, QC, CA

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

Please provide concrete examples of how you meet each essential education and experience qualification and any applicable asset education and experience qualification in no more than two paragraphs per qualification.

The information provided must enable the Selection Board Members to understand HOW (clear explanation of duties), WHEN and for HOW LONG (date and length of time in months or years), and WHERE (employer and geographic location) the experience was acquired. You will be asked to provide this information during the application process.

Your resume may be used to confirm the information provided. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or missing information. A lack of information may result in your application not being considered any further.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.


We’re looking for resourceful and enthusiastic people. As a Program Scientist, you will work on a broad range of files requiring you to develop networks and collaborate with departments, colleagues and stakeholders across the country, and acquire valuable knowledge and expertise instrumental in professional growth and career advancement. Would you describe yourself as a:
• Strong collaborator: someone who enjoys bringing people together in order to build positive relationships, share ideas, and find solutions?
• Analytical and strategic thinker: someone who can gather information from a variety of sources, identify issues and make linkages across files/projects?
• Good communicator: someone who is adept at explaining technical issues, who enjoys crafting a narrative or a storyline, and conveying it clearly and succinctly?
• Multi-tasker extraordinaire: someone who excels at concurrently managing multiple tasks or projects?

Work environment

What we can offer you:
• A diverse, healthy and flexible workplace that values work/life balance.
• A dynamic environment working with colleagues taking on the challenge of protecting Canadians and the environment from harmful chemicals.
• Work in a science-based department with multidisciplinary teams, including science specialists, regulators and other government departments.
• Daily learning, feedback, and opportunities to try new things, including engaging with and briefing management on how risks from chemicals will be addressed.
• An opportunity to continue to develop your professional skills and contribute to operational policy.

Intent of the process

ANTICIPATORY. A pool of qualified candidates may be created which may be used to staff identical or similar positions with various language requirements and profiles (English Essential, French Essential or Bilingual imperative (BBB/BBB) (CBC/CBC)), security requirements and/or tenures (indeterminate, specified period, assignment/secondment, acting appointment and extension of acting appointment), within Environment and Climate Change Canada in the National Capital Region.

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)


ED1: Graduation with a degree* from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the duties of the position.

* The term “degree” refers to a baccalaureate or a higher level degree, as established by educational authorities.

The courses for the specialization must be acceptable and must have been taken at a recognized post-secondary institution, but not necessarily within a degree program in the required specialization.

Degree equivalency


EX1: Experience in developing strategies to manage risks associated with chemicals or pollutants; or in developing, administering or complying with regulations or tools to manage those risk.
EX2: Significant experience** in gathering, analyzing and presenting scientific information related to environmental issues.
EX3: Experience in leading or working within multi-disciplinary teams regarding the implementation or coordination of environmental programs.
EX4: Experience in consulting, engaging or collaborating on environmental or scientific issues with a wide range of stakeholders.
EX5: Significant experience** in writing reports and making recommendations to management or different audiences on environmental issues.

**Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of the experience associated with having performed a broad range of work-related activities which is normally acquired over a period of three (3) or more years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


Asset Education:
AED1: Advanced degree (Masters, Doctorate) from a recognized post-secondary institution in a specialization relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency


Asset Experience:
AEX1: Experience in providing strategic policy or program advice to management on environmental or scientific issues.
AEX2: Experience with bilateral or multilateral international environmental agreements.
AEX3: Experience in preparing terms of reference, reviewing proposals, or managing contracts or projects.
AEX4:Experience in performance measurement or in the analysis of program activities and results.


Willing and able to travel within Canada and internationally.
Willing and able to work overtime on short notice.

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


Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills


K1: Knowledge of issues related to chemicals management; or environmental pollution prevention, control or mitigation.


Abilities and Skills:
A1: Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities.
A2: Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and manage projects.
A3: Ability to interpret scientific information and identify issues of key relevance.
A4: Ability to communicate effectively orally.
A5: Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


Personal Suitability:
PS1: Effective interpersonal relationships
PS2: Initiative
PS3: Judgment

Conditions of employment


Reliability Status security clearance

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

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be deployed 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.
Candidates may be required to meet asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the position being staffed.

Asset qualifications could be used at the screening stage. Please ensure that your application clearly indicates how you meet these qualifications.

An exam may be administered.

Interviews will be conducted.

Reference checks will be conducted.

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

Our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including invitations to an exam and interview). Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Please ensure you check your e-mail inboxes periodically.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language (French or English) of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

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.

Environment and Climate Change Canada will accept applications on-line only. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. Persons with disabilities or residing in locations that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

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 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.

Contact information

Marie-France Nguyen, Head, Consumer and Cleaning Products
[email protected]





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