Canadian Hydrographic Service (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) – 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 will receive coaching and benefit, if necessary, 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. Based on the organization's needs, students may work on hydrographic data processing, data validation or paper and electronic nautical chart production.

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 must undergo a security check (a process mandatory to process for all federal government employees).

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 study related to marine 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

  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Marine and Naval Engineering

Trades Group

  • Marine Navigation
  • Nautical Science

Computer Science, Information Management and Information Technology Group

  • Information Management
  • Information Processing

Water, Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Group

  • Cartography
  • Geodesy
  • GIS
  • Geology
  • Geomatics
  • Physical Geography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Surveying
  • Topography
  • Hydrographics Technology
  • Marine Navigation
  • Nautical Science
  • Oceanography

General abilities and skills

  • General computer knowledge
  • GIS, Excel, Word, Windows 7

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

We anticipate hiring two students each year from May to August. Our recruitment period runs from January to April.

... 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 (Quebec). 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 the end of August) and may be required to work in the Quebec 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. Note that no financial compensation will be granted for the relocation of students to Mont-Joli (personal accommodation and transport) during the summer job.

... about the language requirements: Having excellent competencies in French oral communication is mandatory.

... to learn more: If you have more questions, do not hesitate to communicate with our Student Recruitment Coordinators.

Annie Biron
Telephone: 418-775-0505

Jonathan Morin
Telephone: 418-775-0824