Co-Op Student – Environmental Specialist

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General Accountability:

Purpose and Scope
Reporting to the Long Range Planning and Sustainability Manager, and taking direction from the
Environmental Science Officer or designate, the Environmental Specialist co-op student performs a variety
of technical tasks related to environmental harm reduction and conservation initiatives, including research,
data collection and analysis, report writing, and community outreach and education. The Environmental
Specialist co-op student will gain experience and knowledge of how the City of Campbell River addresses
environmental issues through various initiatives, regulations, programs, and plans. This position will be for a
period of 4 months, with the possibility of extension up to 8 months.


Nature and Scope of Work

The Co-Op Student will work closely with staff within the Long Range & Sustainability, Development
Services, and other departments in support of the development of environmentally sensitive areas policy on
City-owned lands, invasive plant management plan implementation, reducing human wildlife conflicts,
natural asset management and the delivery of other environmental harm reduction initiatives and climate
action projects, programs, and plans. This will involve:

Data collection, analysis, and reporting
Interpreting and presenting data in graphs, tables and reports.
Researching and drafting of reports, procedures, grant applications and terms of reference.
Overseeing social media communication.
Public education and outreach initiatives including liaison with environmental organizations.
Development of communication material to promote environmental harm reduction and conservation
initiatives.Project coordination as required.
Assisting with general departmental inquiries and other departmental projects as required.
Miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:


A keen interest and basic knowledge of ecological systems
Basic knowledge of best management practices and mitigation techniques related to
environmental harm reduction and conservation.Basic understanding of climate change principles including ability to read and interpret
policies/plans.Basic knowledge of WorkSafeBC regulations and safe work procedures.
Basic understanding related to natural asset management, energy conservation, and climate
adaptation and mitigation planning challenges facing Canadian municipalitiesKnowledge of data collection processes, techniques and principles.
Job Description – Co-Op Student (Environmental Specialist)
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Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Strong organizational skills.
Strong verbal communication and technical writing skills.
Sound analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
Safe work habits and practices.
Graphic design skills.
Abilities:Ability to plan and prioritize work, perform under pressure, and meet deadlines.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and
external contacts.Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Ability and willingness to contribute to maintaining a respectful, safe, and supportive work
environment that embraces diversity, along with treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and

Must be currently enrolled in a recognized university or technical college co-op program in
environmental sciences, resource management, biology, environmental planning or related field.Training/Certification:

Preferably possess and maintain a valid BC driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract, as per
City policy.

Preferred Criteria:

“Boots on the ground” experience in the field with restoration projects or environmental
management.Ability to portray science concepts and systems using graphics
Unusual Working ConditionsPossibility of evening or weekend work to complete assignments
May be required occasionally to work safely outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.



How to Apply:


Please ensure that your resume and/or cover letter clearly shows how your knowledge, skills, abilities,
education, training, and experience meet the Necessary Qualifications listed above.


Co-Op Student Program Eligibility Requirements:
You must be registered with your educational institution’s co-op program. VERIFICATION WILL BE


All applications must be received on or before the posting closing date and time. Applications will be
considered date stamped effective the time they are received at the email.


Submit Resume and Covering Letter to:

Human Resources Department
City of Campbell River
301 St. Ann’s Road
Campbell River BC V9W 4C7


Posting #: COOP-22-76 Closing Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Junior Environmental Specialist, Aquatic

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Junior Environmental Specialist, Aquatic |Aski Reclamation LP

Perm/contract: Permanent Reports to: Senior Project Manager Team: Environment Division

Location: Fieldwork, remote, office Level: Junior Hours: Variable

Salary: Competitive Special requirements: Ability to travel, work remotely

Aski Reclamation LP (Aski) is a young and dynamic company owned by the Saulteau First Nation.

Located in beautiful Moberly Lake, BC, and surrounded by mountain landscapes, Aski aims to be a leading supplier of reclamation, restoration, and environmental services in northeastern BC. Our clients include Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments and enterprises, industry (mining, forestry, oil and gas), and large infrastructure developers. Aski operates a business integrating sustainable development and the environment, seeking 21st-century solutions while engaging with traditional and scientific approaches.

Aski is seeking a motivated junior environmental specialist with experience or interest in aquatic programs to support a growing portfolio of projects, including operational and compliance monitoring programs, aquatic impact assessments, habitat offsetting, and restoration initiatives.

Working under the direction of technical leads and the Senior Project Manager, Environment, the ideal candidate has the capacity and interest to work in remote natural settings, participate in field programs, interpret environmental data, compose technical reports, and actively participate in the rapid growth of Aski’s aquatic team.


Participate in field programs and assist technical leads in execution
Understand sampling plans, and implement lessons learned in the field
Test and analyse water samples and assess quality and clarity
Calibrate and maintain instruments used to measure and record water flow from different sources like rivers and lakes
Compile, manage, and interpret environmental data, and compose technical reports
Have an interest in growing with the team and become a leader in the division

Minimum technical diploma or undergraduate degree in a relevant environmental discipline, such as fisheries, aquatic ecology, environmental science, or ecotoxicology.
1 to 4 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a professional consulting context.
Appropriate qualifications for work in Alberta and British Columbia and a valid
Canadian driver’s license.

Ability and interest to work in a growing consulting environment requiring flexibility, teamwork, and fieldwork in remote natural settings.
Motivated self-starter with a positive attitude and a desire to take on greater responsibility and authority with increasing experience.
The ideal candidate for this position is in the Peace Region of northeastern BC; however, all candidates from western Canada will be considered. Possible remote work, flexible work hours/shifts, exciting career growth opportunities and competitive salary arrangements are available.


For more information regarding this position, please contact info@askilp. ca with your resume and a brief cover letter detailing your experience. When submitting your application, please reference:

RE: Junior Aquatic Specialist Position.

Job Type: Permanent

Campground Groundsperson

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Work Site Environment

Work Setting
Park and recreation sites: Pittock Conservation Area

Weed, prune and trim trees and plants
Cut grass
Rake and collect refuse
Remove litter and garbage
Cart and spread topsoil and other materials
Operate and maintain landscape maintenance equipment
Equipment and Machinery Experience
Pick-up truck
Tractor mower
Weed trimmer/edger

Security and Safety
Criminal record check
Driver’s validity licence check
Transportation/Travel Information
Valid driver’s licence
Public transportation is not available
Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
Repetitive tasks
Physically demanding
Manual dexterity
Attention to detail
Combination of sitting, standing, walking
Bending, crouching, kneeling
Own Tools/Equipment
Steel-toed safety boots
Personal Suitability
Effective interpersonal skills
Team player

Education Interpreter & Site Attendant, Tommy Thompson Park

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $23.91, Max = $25.92
Employment type: Temporary Part-Time Contract
Duration: 4 months (Start date flexible late August/early September to December 18, 2022 *with possibility of extension*)

Hours of work: 7.5-18 hours/week

Work location: Tommy Thompson Park

Division: Restoration & Infrastructure

Business unit: Ecosystem Management

Travel: Yes, within job site

Remote Work: No


About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.

TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.
How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

The Education Interpreter and Site Attendant is someone who has a passion for nature and wildlife, loves interacting and sharing information with others, and who is confident and has a dynamic personality.  Situated at the most unique park in Toronto, the Education Interpreter and Site Attendant at Tommy Thompson Park engages with park visitors to provide enhanced customer service. Interactions range from interpreting park history, wildlife, habitats and restoration projects, to assisting with emergencies and ensuring visitors are well-informed about how to use the park responsibly. The Education Interpreter and Site Attendant is comfortable working in a small team, under minimal supervision, and has a reliable car that can be used during working hours for site inspections.  Education Interpreter and Site Attendants typically work in teams of two on weekends (Saturday and Sunday and holidays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m./4:30 p.m. (Summer/Winter) every other weekend, however, the schedule is flexible and based on staff availability.  This is an occasional contract position in the environmental field.

Major Responsibilities:


Perform the following tasks under general supervision:

Greet and engage with visitors in a pleasant and helpful manner to provide exceptional visitor experiences.
Provide communication to visitors about permitted activities and trail etiquette.
Assist with inquiries and/or concerns in a tactful and professional manner and use interactions as an educational opportunity.
Guide and lead visitors and visitor groups to Tommy Thompson Park on nature and environmental programs specific to the habitats, flora and fauna of the park.
Learn program content to be able to effectively deliver interactive programs to various audiences of varying ages.
Assist with creation of interpretive displays and activities.
Conduct site inspections to identify any major hazards, incidents and issues.
Provide first aid when required. Complete injury and incident reports. Facilitate EMS access to the park.
Maintain Nature Centre in neat and tidy condition.
What will you need to succeed:

Actively pursuing or possess a post-secondary degree/diploma in the field of biology, environmental studies or related discipline, or equivalent knowledge.
Valid Ontario Class G driver’s license in good standing.
Active and current First Aid and CPR certificate.
Experience working with large groups in delivering programs and activities is considered an asset.
Previous experience delivering environmental, or nature programs is considered an asset.
Familiarity with Tommy Thompson Park programs and projects.
Knowledge of the ecology and flora/fauna of the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario.
Strong public speaking and communication skills.
Excellent organization and time management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
Ability to deliver programs to audiences of various ages, adapting style to ensure audience appropriateness.
Ability to work independently and take initiative within a set of guidelines and procedures, and to take direction and notes when given.
What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare).

You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
Provides unique TRCA Perks.
Provides flexible work arrangements.
Offers potential for career growth and advancement.
To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter (Applicants without a cover letter will not be considered) quoting the Job ID prior to midnight on August 5, 2022.

Seasonal Pipestone Creek Campground Labourer

The County of Grande Prairie builds on its natural environment and the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens to provide an unmatched quality of life and opportunity for all. We offer a collaborative and dynamic workplace where our values of Trustworthy, Transparent, Respectful, and Collaborative guide our conduct and contribute to a healthy culture.

The Parks & Recreation department is looking for a seasonal labourer to work for the summer at Pipestone Creek Campground. Assisting the Campground Park Host, this position is responsible to clean and maintain washrooms, mowing, campsite maintenance and other outdoor labour work, as required.


Valid Class 5 Driver’s License and acceptable driver’s abstract;
Experience operating lawn maintenance equipment;
Physically capable for general labour duties;
Ability to deal with members of the public in a professional manner;
Willingness to undertake training in order to meet operational requirements.
Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Ability to work efficiently and still meet County safety standards

The successful applicant will be a team player with good interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. You will be a self-starter who can contribute positively to the team environment.

This position is seasonal until October 15th, 2022. The hours are 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am 4:30 pm, with some flexibility to work weekends as required.

The County of Grande Prairie recognizes and values the principles of fair hiring practices. We are committed to a respectful and inclusive workplace and welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Should you require accommodation through any stage of the recruitment process, please contact and we will work with you to meet your needs.

This posting may be used for future vacancies or to fill more than one position
This posting may be open until a suitable candidate(s) is/are found.
Please note that once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. If we require any additional information we will contact you. We thank everyone for their application, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Due to the volume of applications received we can only answer questions at the interview stage.

Park Operator, Kikomun Creek Provincial Park

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Would you like to work for the best place on earth? Are you looking to pursue a career in Parks & Recreation? Come and join the team at EK Parks and work in some of British Columbia’s Beautiful Provincial Parks here in the Kootenay’s.

EK Parks is hiring Park Operators for full time seasonal work to join our team in Kikomun Creek Provincial Park located in the beautiful area of Baynes Lake B.C. The position will commence in Mid May- Early June and run through till mid- late September. This is a set days position.


Clean and maintain park facilities
Garbage and Recyling
Paint/Stain structures and facilities when required
Collection of park fees
Provide site security and enforcement of park policies/ Report incidences and occurences efficiently to Supervisor and/or Manager
Respond to Campers inquiries and provide assistance when needed
Represent EK Parks in a professional manner
Maintain communication with other staff members
Daily completion of paperwork, reservations and cash outs
Beach patrols
Available to work flexible hours
Experience handling cash and record keeping
Drivers license or N driver
Criminal records check for working with youth and the vulnerable
Experience with landscaping and power tools for park maintenance
Fluent in English

Seasonal employment starting immediately.

Hourly Wage

Uniform Provided (Top & Jacket/Vest)


EK Parks is about offering reliable employment for good people by means of managing Provincial Parks in the Kootenay’s in a way that provides a quality recreation experience for all the park users while reflecting the values of BC Parks.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Salary: From $16.00 per hour


10 hour shift
Application deadline: 2022-07-31

Research Assistant – Polar Bears

The School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board are looking to hire a Research Assistant to work on a polar bear research project.

See full opportunity description here.

Wildlife Management Intern – Biology

The sustainable management of Nunavut’s wildlife resources depends on the next generation of conservation leaders. The NWMB has launched a new wildlife management intern casual position to help support Inuit in their journey to be environmental stewards. As a Wildlife Management Intern, you will build a diverse skill set and gain practical knowledge on wildlife research and management through valuable real-world experience. You will work with the diverse Wildlife Staff team and report to the Director of Wildlife.

See full internship description here

Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Carbon Sequestration on the Ag Landscape

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Science and Technology Branch
This M.Sc. Graduate Student position will be with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Bible Hill, NS and co-located at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture in Bible Hill, NS.
The projected start date is May 1, 2023 with an end date of March 31, 2025 (or depending on the candidate’s availability or needs). It is expected that the student will work 18 hours per week.
$22.71 to $28.57 per hour (Varies as per level of education and experience.)For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit:

Closing date: 15 July 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens abroad.

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Be recognized as having full-time student status by the Canadian post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance, or in the process of submitting your application. (Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date)

Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.
Apply online
Update: Please note that the selection process has been amended to extend the closing date to July 15, 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time.

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

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

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.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

In collaboration with the environmental management research team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Bible Hill, NS (Dr. Erin Smith) and Dr. Derek Lynch, professor at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture (Bible Hill, NS) the student will conduct research that aims to examine how climate change may influence the eco-services provided by on-farm wetlands. This work will involve studying various wetland systems throughout Nova Scotia and collecting data related to; climate, hydrology, carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality and biodiversity. Data will be collected over a two year period and will be analyzed and presented in a M.Sc. thesis, presentations, industry events/meetings, outreach items, as well as peer-reviewed publications.

The student will be responsible for executing the study in both the field and laboratory at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture in Bible Hill, NS. The student will conduct literature reviews, collect samples in the field, as well as analysis in a laboratory setting. This will then be followed by statistical analysis and interpretation of the results. The successful candidate should be able to independently troubleshoot and modify experimental protocols, read scientific literature to solve problems and must document, interpret, and report experimental data.

The applicant will need to fulfill all requirements for the M.Sc. position at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture located in Bible Hill, NS, this will include taking courses, writing, and defending the Master’s thesis. Applicants will need to reside near Bible Hill, NS to access labs, fields and facilities during the work period. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills related to climate change, environmental management and testing.

Work environment
This is an exciting opportunity for a student interested in climate change and carbon sequestration research in an agricultural landscape.

Day-to-day work will primarily take place at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture, Bible Hill, NS. In addition, part of the computer work may be conducted from home.

In essence, project work is computer-centered in an office setting, accompanied by consultation with supervisors, colleagues and collaborators. Updates on findings will be presented to supervisors in person, or by video conference. Findings will also be presented at scientific conferences, workshops, stakeholder events, etc.

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion. We have several networks dedicated to ensuring that the department continues to grow as an inclusive, accessible, respectful and diverse workplace. All employees are encouraged and welcomed to join the networks and participate in their activities and events.

The Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness Network
The Indigenous Network Circle
The Managers’ Community
The Persons with Disabilities Network
The Student Panel of Representatives for Orientation, Unity and Training
The Visible Minorities Network
The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network
The Young Professional’s Network
Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

A covering letter “A covering letter “In addition to a general introduction of themselves, applicants are asked to describe a project in which they used mathematical and/or statistical procedures to analyze a dataset involving one or more parameters, and the key findings. The project can be through academic studies, work experience or volunteer activities. Approximately 500 words for the entire cover letter.””

Contact information for 3 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Currently enrolled or will be enrolled by date of appointment in a Master of Science (MSc) program at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture (Bible Hill, NS), with specialization in: environmental science, plant science, biology, or soil science.

Note: Students who will be graduating with their Bachelor’s degree in December 2022 or April/May 2023 may still apply, however the previous educational course requirement applies.
Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized post-secondary academic institution with courses in; i) agriculture, applied science, biology, nutrient cycling, ii) mathematics or statistics and iii) climate science (optional).

**Note: Must be currently recognized as having full-time student status in the academic institution in which you are presently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance or in the process of submitting your application. (Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date) and must be returning to full-time studies for your next academic term.
Degree equivalency

Experience* with agricultural farming practices or field work.
Experience* with best management practices.
Experience* with collecting, analyzing, summarizing and presenting data for the communication of results to the scientific community.

In the context of student recruitment in the federal public service, experience can be acquired through studies, work experience and volunteer activities.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of best management practices, or nutrient management concepts.
Knowledge of collecting water, soil and gas samples.
Knowledge of basic climate science concepts.
Knowledge of basic mathematics or statistics, and mathematical or statistical software.
Knowledge of documenting, interpreting, and reporting experimental data.

Problem Solving
Planning and Organizing
Time Management
Communicate effectively orally and in writing

Ability to multitask.
Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
Ability to troubleshoot experiments.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance – Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

Possession of a ‘’full’’ valid driver’s license.
Ability and willingness to work under adverse field conditions.
Ability and willingness to work independently and as part of a team.
Ability and willingness to conduct field and laboratory work.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, extended hours on an occasional basis including evenings and 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

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”.

Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel related to assessment and successful candidates will be responsible for obtaining their own living accommodations.

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

Biologist (Masters Student)

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Environment and Climate Change Canada – Water Science and Technology Directorate (WSTD), Aquatic Contaminants Research Division (ACRD)
Montréal Island (Québec)
ST-DNT-00 – The job posting pertains to a student (master’s level) position, 10 hours per week, starting on August 1st, 2022 through to August 1st, 2023.
$22.71 to $28.57 per hourFor further information on the organization, please visit Environment and Climate Change Canada

Closing date: 6 July 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.Apply online
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

To be considered for the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), you must meet the following criteria:
Be recognized as a full-time student by the post-secondary institution where you are currently registered (proof will be required).
Have the minimum age required to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

To be appointed to the position, you must have all the essential qualifications. Other qualifications may be taken into consideration upon selected the person appointed. Some of the qualifications (essential or otherwise) will be assessed using your job application. It is your responsibility to provide relevant examples demonstrating how you meet each requirement. Failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

This project will fall under the Aquatic Contaminants Research Division’s mandate focused on identifying what areas of Canada are most impacted (e.g., aquatic ecosystems that have undergone a regime shift or critical transition), their status in terms of ecosystem recovery, what are the factors that influence their recovery (e.g., climate change, contaminant exposure, nutrient enrichment) and what trophic levels, species or organisms are most sensitive to this change.

The objective of this project will be to analyze changes in aquatic communities (their co-occurrence and co-responses) under the effect of combined stressors (climate change, contaminants / pesticides, and eutrophication) across a broad, spatial scale (Canada wide study). More specifically, some key goals will be to 1) examine changes in community composition and size structures in response to climatic gradients, and how these changes may destabilize aquatic ecosystems, 2) identify hotspots of change and how these may relate to a suite of environment thresholds, 3) determine whether there are breakpoints in community responses (notably, organism size structure) with respect to latitude and anthropogenic stressors, 4) test the unique versus combined effect of stressors, and 5) examine whether driver-response relationships differ among Canada’s ecoregions. This project will allow us to test the hypothesis that climate change impacts the size structure of aquatic organisms (suppressed growth in colder climates), which in turn leads to higher bio-concentration of contaminants relative to warmer climates.

The key task for this RAP position will be to perform statistical analysis of data using Open source statistical programs (e.g., R, python). This includes developing and testing theoretical mathematical models of regime shifts and critical transitions, as well as interpreting results and writing scientific articles for publication.

Work environment
The work will be carried out mainly at the Environment and Climate Change Canada office in downtown Montreal in the Departmental laboratories and offices, under the direction and supervision of a scientific research team.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide
Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Be registered in a master’s program in a recognized post-secondary institution with full-time student status in one of the following disciplines: biology, environmental science or any other relevant scientific discipline.

Degree equivalency


Experience in collecting water samples and aquatic organisms in the field.

Experience related to the design and execution of fieldwork in Ecology or Limnology.

Experience in compiling databases and working with broad or national-scale databases.

Experience in preparing datasets and analyzing data (e.g., R programming language).

Experience in writing manuscripts or scientific reports.

Experience in classical taxonomic and trait-based approaches to aquatic organisms and their communities.

With respect to the recruitment of students to the federal public service, please note that experience can be gained through education, work experience or volunteer activities.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Bilingual – Imperative
The position requires the ability to communicate in both English and French.

Information on language requirements


Knowledge of the collection and handling of water samples and aquatic organisms.

Knowledge of aquatic communities.

Knowledge of advanced statistical methods (e.g., multivariate analyses or regime shift models).


Ability to analyze data as well as synthesize and interpret results.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Ability to work in a team and manage time.

Ability to be independent.

Ability to be rigorous.

Demonstrate good judgment.

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

The candidate must have the ability to collect samples in the field during irregular hours.

The candidate must hold a valid driver’s license.

Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance – Note: Each student hired under the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment. Therefore, the hiring organization will ask the student to fill out security documents.

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

A reference check may be done.

An interview may be done.

An exam may be administered.

Everyone has the right to participate in an appointment process in the official language or languages of their choice.

Random or top-down selection may be used to determine who will advance to the next step in the assessment process.

Applicants from outside the public service may be responsible for travel or relocation costs related to the selection process.

Successfully completing your RAP student term and your program of study may lead to an appointment to a temporary or permanent position in the federal public service, for which you meet the merit criteria and the conditions of employment.

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with applicants via email regarding screening and evaluation. This includes communicating the results of the screening and invitations to write one of the written tests and invitation for interviews. To this end, applicants must include a valid email address in their application. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block this type of message). They must also ensure that the information provided is accurate and up to date.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled workforce that reflects the diversity of the Canadian population. Therefore, it promotes employment equity and encourages you to voluntarily indicate on your application if you are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment. If you are contacted about an employment opportunity or for exams, please notify the representative of the Public Service Commission or the organization in a timely manner of your needs for which accommodation must be taken to allow you a fair and equitable assessment. Information received regarding accommodation will be treated confidentially.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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