Environmental Response Officer- Indigenous Recruitment (Full Time)


Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Queen Charlotte City, BC

$62,556 – $71,124 a year

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Canadian Coast Guard
Queen Charlotte City (British Columbia)
$62,556 to $71,124For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans CanadaClosing date: 19 July 2019 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: You must meet both of the following criteria:

Members of the following Employment Equity groups: Canadian Aboriginal persons
Persons residing within a 90 KM radius of Queen Charlotte City (BC)

The distance between your residence and position location will be determined using data provided by the Natural Resources Canada’s Geographical Names of Canada website. For information on how to use this website visit http://www4.rncan.gc.ca/search-place-names/search?lang=en.

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. As defined in the Canadian Constitution, an Indigenous person is a North American Indian or a member of a First Nation, Métis or Inuit; North American Indians or members of a First Nation include treaty, status or registered Indians, as well as non-status and non-registered Indians. As part of the overall application verification process, Indigenous affiliation will be verified at the time of the appointment.

Please note that Aboriginal and Indigenous are used interchangeably in the context of the Employment Equity Act.

In order to self-declare as an Indigenous person, please ensure to indicate this by checking off the appropriate box within the online application as part of the Employment Equity section in your job application.

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

Each step in the process is a separate phase, and candidates must be successful in the preceding phase in order to move to the next.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet the education and experience criteria listed in the essential and asset qualifications (other qualifications). It should not be assumed that the screening board has any previous knowledge of your background, qualifications, or work history. You must be specific and provide concrete examples/details for each criteria, as applications will be screened only on the information provided and you will not have an opportunity to provide clarification about your answers. Failure to provide the information in the requested format may result in your application being rejected.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position.

For general information when applying on a selection process please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs.html


The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for the response component of Canada’s Marine Oil Spill Preparedness Response Regime. The Environmental Response program monitors or manages the clean-up efforts for any ship-source or mystery source pollution incident in waters under Canadian jurisdiction. Under the direction of a CCG Environmental Response Senior Response Officer, this position carries out environmental response duties in the marine environment as part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s federal mandate. Key activities may include response to pollution incidents in the field, operation and maintenance of vessels, pollution response equipment and vehicles, supporting development and implementation of Environmental Response planning, training and exercises as well as carrying out administrative duties at the headquarters area.

Work environment

The Canadian Coast Guard offers the chance to save lives; protect Canada’s pristine environment; contribute to Canada’s growing economy; and travel to areas so remote that your only neighbour is wildlife. As an organization, we operate ships of all types; cutting-edge helicopters; and employ about 4,500 people, who work tirelessly to protect and secure Canada’s vast and rugged coastline.

We are growing and looking for members who have a passion for helping others and who will bring innovative ideas, creativity, energy, enthusiasm and willingness to contribute and influence our path to a brighter future.

The Canadian Coast Guard has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2019! Apply now so you don’t miss the boat!

For more information on careers at DFO: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/career-carriere-eng.htm
For more information on careers at CCG: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/College-and-Careers/home

What we offer:

1. Competitive salaries – with a salary range that brings annual increases to most employees, up to a maximum amount.
2. Continuous learning and career advancement – Build your career within the Federal Government!
3. Advantageous pension regime and benefits.
4. Three weeks of holidays per year when you start.
5. Flexible work arrangements – possibility of flexible hours to help you balance your personal and work life.

Intent of the process

This process may be used to staff similar positions of various tenures (for example term and indeterminate).

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)

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

STEP ONE: Please complete the screening questions.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed 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.

Successful completion of secondary school or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience

  • You will be required to provide proof of your education credentials at the interview (original documents only). Candidates invited to the interview will be required to bring proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript (original documents only).

Degree equivalency

Experience working in a marine environment.

Experience liaising with public or private partner organizations.

Experience preparing reports and documents using computer software such as but not limited to MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook.


Knowledge of hydrocarbons (characteristics and behaviour in marine environments)
Knowledge of the Incident Command System
Knowledge of seafaring practices, vessel management and operation
Knowledge of operating principles for marine oil pollution clean-up equipment

Ability to analyze and solve problems
Ability to apply operational standards and procedures
Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Effective interpersonal skills


If you are successful to this phase, you will be asked to provide 2 work related references.

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


Graduation with a degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution in a field relevant to Environmental Response

Degree equivalency

Incident Command System Certificate

Transport Canada – Small Vessels Operator Proficiency (SVOP) Certification

Radio Operator Certificate – Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime Commercial)

Marine First Aid Certificate

Canadian Coast Guard Rigid Hull Inflatable Operator Training (RHIOT) certification

Marine Emergency Duties Certification

A certificate of competency issued by Transport Canada for example: Bridge Watch Certificate, Watchkeeping Mate, Master 60 Ton or higher

Marine Mechanic Certificate

Environmental Response Training

Experience responding to marine pollution incidents

Experience in equipment lifecycle management

Experience in developing operational exercises

Experience with the Incident Command System

Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams

Experience providing operational training, briefings or presentations

Experience in small craft operations

Experience operating equipment for example forklifts, hoists, trailers, all-terrain vehicles etc.

Experience in emergency contingency planning


  • Willing and able to travel including travel to remote locations by various modes of transportation (e.g. small and large aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, boats, helicopter, etc.)
  • Willing and able to work weekends and evenings
  • Willing and able to work overtime
  • Willing and able to be on standby
  • Adherence to the CCG Respiratory Protection Program

Conditions of employment

  • Various levels of Security Clearance (Reliability or Secret) depending on the position

– Valid Health Canada Occupational Health Assessment Report – Category III, Scientific Personnel Field

  • Requirement to wear and maintain a uniform, safety footwear and personal protective equipment
  • Possession of a valid unrestricted class 5 driver’s license

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

The STAR method is an example of how to structure your answers to ensure you provide enough detail.
S -Situation : Detail the background and provide context. Where and When?
T -Task : Describe the challenge and expectations. What needed to be done and why?
A -Action : Elaborate on your specific action. What did you do and how? What tools did you use?
R – Results : Explain the results: accomplishments, recognition, etc. Quantify.

Aboriginal persons will be required to complete the Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form (AAAF). Please visit this site for more information. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/appointment-framework/employment-equity-diversity/affirmation-aboriginal-affiliation.html

It is your responsibility to ensure that your email and contact information are maintained with the hiring board AND in your Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) account. All communication for this process will be conducted via the email address provided in your application AND via your PSRS account. It is your responsibility to ensure that you check for messages regularly and to ensure that your email address accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email or filter them to a junk mail folder). Failure to respond to key messages may result in your being eliminated from this process.

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

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

For appointment processes where the area of selection was limited to Aboriginal peoples or to members of designated employment equity groups that included Aboriginal peoples, the Aboriginal candidates proposed for appointment or appointed must complete and sign the Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form as a condition of appointment prior to or at the same time as the offer of appointment, even if they have already self-declared as an EE member when applying.


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.