Canada nationals: Great Lakes Fisheries Technician

Ontario Government
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
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Ontario is home to thousands of lakes and rivers that provide essential habitats for a variety of fish species. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, as the manager of Ontario's fisheries, works to maintain healthy fish communities so present and future generations will enjoy high quality fishing and viewing opportunities.

The Fish & Wildlife Service Branch is looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Fisheries Technician to assist with delivery of programs.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• complete a variety of technical duties required to monitor and assess fish and aquatic communities and their habitat
• operate, maintain and purchase equipment related to field data collection including boats, motors, nets, weigh scales, and safety equipment
• provide training, leadership and advice to staff and students and ensure high quality data collection
• compile data and prepare summary reports as requested

How do I qualify?

Mandatory Requirements:

• You must have a valid class 'G' driver's licence or equivalent, as recognized by the Province of Ontario. The offer of employment is conditional upon the successful candidate providing proof that s/he has a valid driver's licence upon being hired.
• You must possess or have the ability to obtain MED 3 (Marine Emergency Duties) certificate from the Coast Guard.
• You must possess or have the ability to obtain certification equivalent to or greater than Master 150 Gross Tonnage, Domestic (sec 129, Marine Personnel Regulations, Canada Shipping Act).

Technical skills:

• You have demonstrated ability to provide technical support for programs involving gillnetting, trapnetting, trawling, electrofishing, creel surveys and commercial catch.
• You have demonstrated ability and attention to detail in processing fish samples for biological data.
• You have demonstrated ability to operate/maintain various types of fishing gear, boats, motors, navigation aids and limnological equipment.

Knowledge of fisheries assessment:

• You have working knowledge of fisheries assessment and management techniques and principles.
• You have knowledge of fish identification, diversity and the various fisheries of the Great Lakes and river in Ontario.
• You have knowledge of worker responsibilities as outlined in the Occupational Health and safety act and associated safety regulations.
• You have knowledge of Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Canadian Coast Guard (CCG)/Transport Canada (TC) regulations as they relate to on water safety and boat handling on the Great Lakes.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

• You have the ability to work in a team environment including providing daily direction to staff, including students, seasonal staff and other staff.
• You have communication skills to interact tactfully with members of the public and other staff, and write technical reports and communication materials.
• You have the ability to lead students and technicians in the field and lab in a safe and responsible manner.

Computer proficiency:

• You are proficient with computer programs such as regular office hardware and software, and programs such as GIS, GPS and navigation software.

Additional Information:


  • 1 Permanent, 435 James St S, Thunder Bay, North Region

Compensation Group:

Ontario Public Service Employees Union

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Posted on:

Thursday, September 3, 2020


  • N-NR-153684/20

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Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.

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Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18, 2020 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

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