Canada nationals: Aquatic Program Scientist

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Assessment accommodation

Work environment

Are you interested in joining a team focused on collaboration, engagement, and scientific analysis to support the protection and management of aquatic ecosystems?

We are looking for a motivated team player with strong communication and analytical skills to join the Transboundary Water Management Unit of the Regional Director General’s Office, in the West and North region, Pacific and Yukon office. The work will include supporting transboundary aquatic ecosystem health indicator projects: updating and developing aquatic ecosystem indicators; ecosystem data discovery, analysis, reporting and information management; and regional engagement with government and non-governmental environmental organizations. The position will also provide aquatic science support to ECCC engagement on inter-governmental water issues in priority regional river basins, including transboundary river basins.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to staff a term or indeterminate candidate.

A pool of qualified or partially assessed candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions at this group and level with various linguistic profiles, security requirements, as well as various tenures within Environment and Climate Change Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position such as physical geography, environmental science, biology.

Note: 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

1. Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing environmental science projects relating to water and/or aquatic ecosystems.
2. Experience in gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting scientific or technical data related to water and/or aquatic ecosystems.
3. Experience working on multidisciplinary projects, committees, or groups.
4. Experience in the preparation of scientific reports and presentations.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

1. Knowledge of aquatic biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences.
2. Knowledge of ecological processes that influence aquatic systems.
3. Knowledge of quantitative methods to analyze water and other aquatic environmental data.

1. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
2. Ability to communicate effectively orally.
3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload.
4. Ability to work in a team.
5. Analytical skills.

1. Initiative
2. Judgment
3. Reliability
4. Effective Interpersonal skills

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

A post-graduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in a water or aquatic ecosystem related science relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

1. Experience in environmental indicator development and application to environmental reporting.
2. Experience in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to environmental projects.
3. Experience with environmental issues in the Fraser River Basin, and/or Columbia River Basin, and/or Yukon River Basin, and/or Salish Sea Ecosystem, or other large or transboundary watersheds in western or northern Canada.
4. Experience with water quality and/or ecosystem issues in coastal/marine environments.
5. Experience working with and maintaining effective relations with staff in various levels of government agencies, non-government agencies, or universities.

Possession of a valid BC Driver’s licence (or equivalent).
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability and willingness to work overtime and on weekends, sometimes at short notice.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Security clearance: Those selected must meet and maintain the above condition of employment throughout their employment.

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

Candidates are asked, as per the application process, to answer screening questions for each essential and asset criteria (education and experience). Candidates will have to provide concrete examples, for each screening question demonstrating how they have acquired the education and experience criteria in a clear and concise manner. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the qualification is met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Resumes will be used as a secondary source to validate your answers to the screening questions. Failure to clearly demonstrate in your answers how you meet the screening criteria (education and experience) could result in the rejection of your application.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

For this process, we find that email is the most efficient way to communicate with you. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of emails). If you do not wish to receive results by email and if you change your email address during the process, it is your responsibility to inform us.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence as well as conversations in person and by telephone, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Candidates invited to an interview will be asked to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at

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

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


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

Justine Kern, HR Advisor
Jacqueline Pascucci, HR Advisor

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