New Job Biologist/Physical Scientist In Nova Scotia

Biologist/Physical Scientist
Biologist/Physical Scientist

Biologist/Physical Scientist

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $65,662–$89,411 a year
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Aquatic Ecosystems, Ecosystems Management
Dartmouth (Nova Scotia)
BI-02, PC-02
$65,662 to $89,411

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

Navigating the Application Process

Closing date: 26 February 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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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

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in the screening questions how they meet the education AND experience criteria listed in the essential AND asset qualifications (if applicable). Please note that stating that the requirement has been met, and/or listing past or current responsibilities, does not represent adequate substantiation. Rather, you must provide concrete examples that clearly illustrate how you meet the requirement. Résumés may be used as a secondary source to validate the qualifications described; comments such as "refer to my attached resume" will NOT be accepted and may result in your application being rejected. Failure to provide this information in the requested format may result in your application being rejected.


Among other things, employees in BI-02 and PC-02 positions are asked to conduct analyses, participate and consult with various partners and stakeholders, undertake field work, draft documents and make recommendations to supervisors regarding the implementation of various regulatory, management, and conservation programs.

Work environment

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Ecosystems Management sector works to protect, enhance and restore the biodiversity and health of Canada’s marine and freshwater environments through an integrated ecosystem approach that supports the sustainable use of aquatic resources. There is a growing understanding among Canadians of the importance of protecting and benefiting from our marine and freshwater environments and resources. The Government of Canada is using a modern and coordinated approach to manage the impact of human activities on Canada’s aquatic ecosystems in a sustainable manner, creating a balance between protecting aquatic ecosystems and maintaining a prosperous economy.

Ecosystems Management in Maritimes Region is comprised of the following Programs:

  • Species at Risk Program
  • Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Work arrangements:

With the Common hybrid work model for the Federal Public Service coming into force and due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position requires physical presence at the location identified (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) in the form of a hybrid work arrangement.

Intent of the process

We are creating a pool of fully (or partially) assessed candidates which will be used to staff vacancies within DFO’s Ecosystems Management Sector in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

There are currently vacancies in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia which will be filled initially on a temporary basis (term). By submitting your application, you confirm that, if offered a position, you are willing to work in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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


Please note that the completion of an academic course in itself does not constitute experience. The Assessment Board is looking for demonstrated experience gained in a work or volunteer setting or research at the honors thesis or graduate level.

  • Experience in evaluating or researching impacts on aquatic species or habitats;
  • Experience analyzing information to inform the understanding or management of aquatic species and/or habitats

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


For BI-02: Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a natural, physical or applied science with specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

For PC-02: Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in physics, geology, chemistry or some other science relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency

  • Ability to communicate orally;
  • Ability to communicate in writing;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret information and provide advice;
  • Ability to plan and complete assigned tasks with competing priorities and strict timelines.
Personal suitability:
  • Working effectively with others;
  • Thinking things through;
  • Showing initiative and being action oriented;
  • Dependability.

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

Asset Qualfiications:
These criteria may be used for further evaluation of candidates from the qualified pool to determine best fit for particular positions within each of the divisions.

  • Graduation with a Masters or Doctoral degree from a recognized university in a program or specialization in aquatic science with a specialization in biology, environmental science or a related field

Degree equivalency

These asset qualifications are specific to the work in one or more of our Programs. Candidates are asked to answer the screening questions for which they have experience.

Note: While these qualifications are not under the heading of essential qualifications, depending on the position being staffed, any of the following “Asset” or “other” qualification may be deemed as essential qualifications and only those candidates and persons with a priority or preference entitlement who possess those qualifications will be considered for that specific vacancy.

  • Experience working on projects or initiatives that contribute to the management or conservation of aquatic habitat or aquatic species including species at risk.
  • Experience providing advice to a manager or supervisor on the management or conservation of aquatic species or habitats.
  • Experience regulating projects or initiatives for the conservation of aquatic habitat or aquatic species.
  • Experience working on projects to identify, monitor or control aquatic invasive species.
  • Experience engaging and collaborating with Indigenous groups, and/or non-government stakeholder organizations, or other governments.

Organizational Needs:
Consideration may be given to members of Employment Equity Designated groups.

Operational Requirements:
  • Willingness to travel
  • Willingness to work overtime

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Valid driver’s license will be required for certain positions.

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

Applicants are entitled to participate in the official language of their choice; please indicate your preferred official language in your application.

As an equal opportunity employer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to accommodating the needs of persons with disabilities. We therefore encourage persons with disabilities to identify any accommodation needed. 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.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

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