Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) – Aboriginal Student Employment Program

Organization: Natural Resources Canada

The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada promotes the sustainable development of Canada's forests and the competitiveness of the Canadian forest sector. We provide science and policy expertise and advice on national forest sector issues, working closely with industry, the provinces and territories and the research community.

The CFS offers jobs to qualified Aboriginal students through its Aboriginal Student Employment Program. The program provides candidates with practical and meaningful student employment in scientific, technical, or other forestry-related fields.

Students carry out a variety of interesting tasks and hold a range of responsibilities, for example:

  • Assisting in laying out field plots, marking and measuring trees, recording field plot and tree measurement and vegetation data, and collecting and preparing field samples for basic laboratory tests (e.g. insect collections, organic matter sampling). These activities are an opportunity to acquire new skills in plant identification, forest ecosystem classification and dendrochronology.
  • Conducting soil and water sampling, vegetation surveys, sample processing and weighing.
  • Maintaining and operating specialized field science equipment and learning about the safe handling of chemicals.
  • Understanding habitat utilization and cumulative risks for wood turtles, a forest dependent species at risk.
  • Developing integrated remotely sensed and ground-based indicators of sustainable forest management.
  • Undertaking economic and social analysis and reporting.

The CFS recruits Aboriginal students at the secondary and post-secondary levels (e.g. high school, college/CEGEP and university) who have applied to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). Only Aboriginal persons will be considered for the Canadian Forest Service Aboriginal Student Employment Program. When applying to the FSWEP program, candidates must self-identify as an Aboriginal person.

The CFS expects to hire a maximum of 10 students throughout the year. For the most part, we hire students full-time for summer work (May to August) and part-time during the academic year (September to April).

Aboriginal peoples are one of the four groups designated by the Employment Equity Act. To self-identify as an Aboriginal person in your FSWEP application, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Employment Equity” section of your FSWEP application (under “Create/Maintain Profile”).
  2. Confirm that you accept to complete the self-declaration form for Employment Equity (EE) groups, by clicking consent option #3 in the menu.
  3. Complete the form. First, indicate that you accept the "collection purpose" as being for "appointment purposes and statistics related to appointments and EE workforce representation" (collection purpose option #1). Next, make the appropriate selections with respect to: Gender (question 1), Aboriginal peoples (question 2), Members of visible minority groups (question 3), and Persons with disabilities (question 4).

More information about Employment Equity.

Students recruited by the CFS come from various fields of study related to sciences and the forest sector. We are looking for candidates who are studying in one or more of the following specializations:

Fields of study and specializations (as presented in the FSWEP application menu):
Group Sub Group Specialization
Administration Sciences Business Administration International Business and Management; Public Administration
Administration Sciences Economics Econometrics; Economics
Administration Sciences Management Bioresource Management, Forest Management and Conservation; Forest Management and Environment; Resources Management
Administration Sciences Statistics Biostatistics; Statistics; Survey and Research
Agriculture, Food Sciences, Forestry and Fisheries Forestry Sciences Forest Economics; Forest Entomology; Forest Fire Ecology; Forest Pathology; Forestry Engineering
Pure, Natural and Applied Sciences Biology Biogeography; Biology-Entomology; Biology-Environmental; Biology-Natural Resources; Entomology
Pure, Natural and Applied Sciences Chemistry Biochemistry; Phytochemistry
Pure, Natural and Applied Sciences Pure, Natural and Applied Sciences Modelling; Natural Science
Water, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Earth Sciences Geographic Information Systems; Remote Sensing; Soil Science
Water, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Environment and Natural Resources Natural Resources; Renewable Resources; Wildlife and Pest Management; Wildlife Ecology
Water, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Water Sciences Water Resources Management

... about the organization: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service.

... about the work location: Our students work in various locations across Canada. Please indicate in your FSWEP application at which of the following locations you would be willing to work. You will do this in the "Work Locations" section of your application:

  • Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • City of Québec, Quebec
  • Ottawa, Ontario (National Capital Region)
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • Victoria, British Columbia

... about the pay: We pay our students according to the rates of pay established for student employment in the federal public service.

... about the language requirement: There are various language proficiency requirements that are dependent on the student job and the responsibilities it entails. For example, certain positions require that students have strong oral and written communications skills in English; other positions require that students have strong skills in French. And for some positions, students must be bilingual.

... to know more: Feel free to contact Carolin Vaughn, Aboriginal Student Employment Program Coordinator, to ask more questions.

Telephone: 613-302-4206