Research Assistant

Saskatoon - Saskatchewan (SK),

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Estimated salary $22.04 - $27.73 an hour

Job Description:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Arctic and Aquatic Research Division
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)
  • Student should be willing to start on May 1, 2020. It is expected that the student work 19 hours per week and should be willing to commit on this research project until March 31, 2022.
$22.04 to $27.73 per hour (depending on the student’s level of experience)

For further information on the organization, please visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Closing date: 6 March 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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

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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

When submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education, and the essential qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question, including when (from-to), where (occupational title, organization) and how you obtained your education and experience. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Describe the situation/task, the action you took, what you accomplished and/or what you learned.


The challenge for the successful candidate will be to conduct field work in the Saskatchewan River and study the probability of fish stranding related to hydropeaking. The assistant will install and maintain cameras and conduct shore surveys. Duties will include literature review, collecting field data, data analysis, and writing manuscripts.

Work environment

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada’s scientific, ecological, social and economic interests in oceans and fresh waters.

DFO is a national and international leader in marine safety and in the management of oceans and freshwater resources. As a sustainable development department, DFO will integrate environment, economic and social perspectives to ensure Canada’s oceans and freshwater resources benefit this generation and those to come.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must


Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

  • Enrolment in a Master’s program in a field of study related to Environmental Studies in an accredited Canadian University.

Degree equivalency

  • Experience working in fish ecology

In the context of student recruitment in the federal public service, experience can be acquired through studies, work experience or volunteer activities.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

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. Therefore, the student will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-related documents.

  • Maintaining your student status is a condition of employment. Once you have defended your thesis you are no longer eligible for the program.
  • Possess a valid driver's license or have the mobility normally associated with possessing a valid 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

A variety of assessment tools may be used in the assessment of candidates, such as: written exercise, oral interview, and/or reference checks. Some assessment tools may be administered electronically, others, in-person or over the telephone.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

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

PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail and PSRS. Applicants who apply to this selection process must ensure their email address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

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

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has an Accommodation Policy and will accommodate up to the point of undue hardship for the duration of the selection process, and upon any offer of employment, for the performance of duties in the position.

An alternative format (such as Braille) of this notice is available upon request.
Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

Successful candidate(s) must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

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