Geoscience Field Assistants, GIS Data Assistants, and Lab/Office Assistants, and assistants with a geoscience or remote sensing


Department Name: Department of Natural Resources

Locations: Field work anywhere in Canada; Lab work at Geological Survey of Canada offices in Dartmouth NS, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, or Sidney BC, depending on the location of the Geological Survey of Canada supervisor.
Salary: Various payment mechanisms which could be either: hourly wage, stipend or bursary. Overtime for field work is authorized by the appropriate Manager and is governed by the Terms and Conditions of employment as specified in collective agreements.
Closing Date: April 30, 2010 - 23:59, Pacific Time 
Reference Number: RSN09J-009309-000166
Selection Process Number: RSN09J-009309-000166
Vacancies: 100

Website: For further information on the department, please visit Department of Natural Resources

Who Can Apply:

  • Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the following merit criteria to be retained for further consideration.

English or French essential


  • Students must be currently enrolled at a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization in Earth Sciences including Earth and Geological Sciences or Geology.

Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment

Various payment mechanisms which could be either: hourly wage, stipend or bursary. Overtime for field work is authorized by the appropriate Manager and is governed by the Terms and Conditions of employment as specified in collective agreements. The method of payment will be determined based on educational level and position requirements. See Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students at

  • Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet the following merit criteria to be retained for further consideration.
    • Candidates must be recognized as a full time post-secondary student in an accredited institution.
    • The candidate must be willing to do field work in remote locations.
    • Students must be willing to travel.

All students will require security clearance at the Reliability level Students seeking assignments in field work must be: - willing to work in remote locations - able to successfully complete pre-field training related to field health and safety (or have proof of recognised pre-qualification) - able to pass a pre-field medical Most field-based assignments will require a valid firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence and a first-aid certificate Driver's licence and boating licence may be necessary, depending on location of assignment Requirements for students seeking assignments in the lab or office will vary according to the assignment.

Duration of RAP job assignment: 1: Summer assignment for most undergraduates 2: Multi-year assignments for most graduate students engaged in MSc or PhD theses

Statement of Merit Criteria

Applicants who meet the above criteria will also be assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria for this position.

Work Environment

The Geological Survey of Canada is a part of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. It is Canada's premier agency for geoscientific information and research, with world-class expertise focusing on geoscience surveys, sustainable development of Canada's resources, environmental protection, and technology innovation by acquiring, interpreting and disseminating geoscience information concerning Canada's landmass, including the offshore.


Much of the field work will be led by research scientists of the Geological Survey of Canada, commonly in partnership with territorial and/or provincial partners. Field seasons generally last 2 to 2.5 months, depending on weather conditions and climate. Accommodation is generally under canvas with rudimentary conveniences, hence a strong desire to experience and enjoy the outdoors is essential. The work itself commonly involves foot traverses, hence a high degree of physical fitness is required. Commonly helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are part of the daily routine. In some cases work may be ship-borne.

Other field work may be undertaken in areas where more infrastructure is available, mostly in southern Canada. Work conditions will be variable depending on local circumstances.

In general, undergraduate assistants assist the research team. Senior undergraduates may undertake work towards a BSc Thesis. Graduate assistants are generally responsible for a specific body of research related to the outcomes of the program offering the assignment. Assistants with substantial GIS training will be required to maintain the field databases in some field camps.

Lab- and Office-based:
Lab- and office-based assignments are variable. They could include geochronology, isotope, geochemistry, geophysics, remote predictive mapping, GIS and other support work.

In particular, projects will be seeking GIS support of all kinds at various levels of proficiency. This may include cartography, image analysis and interpretation, database construction, and data management and interpretation. Please refer to the accompanying Geomatics Canada RAP Poster for further details.

Students working in Geological Survey of Canada labs and offices will be responsible for their own living expenses and accommodation.

Geological Survey of Canada Programs actively hiring students include:

Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) :

Information to be provided:

You must provide the following information when submitting your application:

  • Student should be willing to start work on May 1, 2009 or as soon as letter of offer is prepared and signed. It is expected that the student work may vary from 22.5 to 37.5 hours per week on the project until August 31, 2009.
  • Your résumé.
  • You must ensure that you select at least one employment type when submitting your application: Employment Tenure

Important Messages

Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to temporary or permanent federal public service positions for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.

This process may be used to staff similar positions in other locations across Canada with this organization.

A maximum of 100 vacancies may be available.

Language Proficiency: English essential; for assignments in Québec: French or English essential.

Your résumé must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.

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

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.