Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Hydrographic Service, Marine Geomatics

Understanding the three oceans that surround Canada, as well as Canada's waterways and aquatic resources, is crucial if we want to ensure their sustainability — the challenge that scientists at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) face each day.

The Science Sector of DFO has approximately 1 700 staff working at institutes and laboratories across Canada. These scientists, technicians, hydrographers and other staff undertake projects at the cutting edge of science. DFO scientists also work collaboratively with international colleagues, with scientists at other federal organizations and academic institutions all across Canada and with other colleagues involved in aquatic sciences.

The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) is part of DFO's Science Sector. The CHS is a world leader in the development of electronic charting and methods for undersea mapping of Arctic waters - vital to our sovereignty and safety and essential to every day coastal living along our world's longest coastline. "Safe and accessible waterways" is one of the three strategic outcomes we pursue at DFO.

Marine geomatics students will perform various tasks as assistants on a team of multidisciplinary hydrographers. Students receive thorough coaching and benefit from technical training on software and tools used in CHS, especially the CARIS GIS software suite, specialized cartographic and computation software and high precision sounding and positioning software. Students may work on hydrographic data processing, data validation or paper and electronic nautical chart production.

A job in CHS:

  • Multibeam sounding systems
  • Data processing
  • Data management and analysis
  • Cartographic production
  • Maurice Lamontagne Institute

Marine geomatics students are part of a young and dynamic team in a stimulating environment using state-of-the-art technology. Students have the opportunity to live in a richly diverse region bordered to the north by the St. Lawrence River and to the south by the Appalachians and have access to a number of outdoor activities. Students may also benefit from the public service student bridging mechanism. After graduation, if positions are available and the selection criteria are met, students can enter a five-year career development plan without taking part in a competitive process and can embark on a versatile career in hydrography with the CHS.

The students who are hired are required to pass a medical examination (administered by Health Canada).

The CHS recruits post-secondary students (university, college and CEGEP) who have applied to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

The students we recruit come from various fields of studyrelated tomarine geomatics such as: geomatics, land surveying, geography, navigation and any other disciplines related to earth science or requiring the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) or the manipulation / management / processing of geospatial data.

We are looking for candidates who possess one or more of the following competencies:

Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Planning Group

  • Engineering and Technology
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Geological and Geomatics Engineering
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Sciences
    • Marine and Naval Engineering

Trades Group

  • Trades
    • Marine navigation
    • Nautical science

Computer Science, Information Management and Information Technology Group

  • Computer science
    • Information management
    • Information processing

Water, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Group

  • Earth science
    • Cartography
    • Geodesy
    • GIS
    • Geography
    • Geological and Geomatics
    • Engineering
    • Geology
    • Geomatics
    • Physical Geography
    • Remote Sensing
    • Scientific Geography
    • Surveying
    • Topography
  • Water science
    • Hydrographics Technology
    • Marine Navigation
    • Nautical Science
    • Oceanography
    • Oceanology Engineering

General abilities and skills

  • General computer use
    • General computer knowledge
    • GIS
    • Windows XP and/or Windows 7

*As presented in the FSWEP application menu

Hired students must be ready to work on a full-time basis during the summer period (May to September) and may be required to work in the Québec region area for short periods.

We anticipate hiring two students in 2013-2014. Our recruitment period runs until March 2014.

...about the organization: To obtain more information on the CHS organization, you may visit the CHS Web site.

...about the work location: Students will work in a DFO research center at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute located in Mont-Joli (Québec). A public transportation service is available.

…about the duration of employment: Students must be ready to work on a full time basis during the summer period (May to September) and may be required to work in the Québec region area for short periods.

...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 requirements: Having excellent competencies in French oral communication is mandatory. learn more: If you have more questions, do not hesitate to communicate with our Student Recruitment Coordinator.

Roger Côté
Tel.: 418-775-0541
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