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Geoscience Researchers and Field, Laboratory or Office Assistants – Targeted Geoscience Initiative


  • Posted on: January 13, 2020
Natural Resources Canada – Earth Sciences Sector – Geological Survey of Canada – Central and Northern Canada Branch
Various locations
RAP Bursaries will be based at various post-secondary institutions across Canada. Specified period employment of various durations; hours of work will vary up to 37.5 hours per week (possibility of longer hours when working in the field). Availability date: Spring/Summer 2016 and/or Fall 2016
RAP students will be paid through a bursary or by an hourly rate of pay.For further information on the organization, please visit Natural Resources Canada

Closing date: 31 March 2020 – 23:59, Pacific Time

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

To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, you must meet the following criteria:
– Be recognized as a full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled. (Proof will be required).
– Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located.

Student hourly rates of pay: $12.26 – $24.59/hour

RAP Bursary Payments:
-Bachelor Students (eligible in their final year of study only) receive $4,500 (1 year); -Masters Students receive $17,500 per year (1- 3 years);
-Doctorate Students receive $21,000 per year (1-3 years with the possible extension for an additional year).

Important messages

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


A complete ‘Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment’ is not required for this inventory. Should you be contacted for further consideration, the hiring manager will provide a copy of the complete ‘Statement of Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment’ for the position being filled. You may be required at that time to provide additional information to be used for screening.

For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/rap-par/index-eng.php

The client organization will accept applications on-line only. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. To submit an application on-line, please select the button “Apply Online” below. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605


Field seasons vary in length (generally less than 1 month) depending on specific project requirements and may be a requirement for some positions. Field accommodations may be at existing mine sites or in remote locations in tents with rudimentary conveniences; hence a strong desire to experience and enjoy the outdoors is essential. Work conditions will be variable depending on local circumstances. Field work may include foot traverses or work in cores shacks (mine sites); hence a high degree of physical fitness is required. Various modes of transport may include 4×4 trucks, ATVs, helicopters as part of the daily routine.

Lab and office based assignments positions are also possible. They may include geochronology, geochemistry, 3D geophysical modelling, data integration GIS and other support work. GIS may include, database construction and data compilation and management and interpretation in support of improving the geoscience knowledge of ore deposit systems.

Depending on the position, the choice of specializations can be very narrow or very broad. The student should clearly indicate in their cover letter the research areas where they possess knowledge (degree) or experience to allow matching to more specific research positions that may be filled as part of this RAP process
For example:
. Geophysics
. Geology
. Earth Science
. Geochemistry
. Geochronology
. 3D modelling
. Lode gold mineral deposits
. VMS or SEDEX mineral deposits
. Nickel, chrome, or PGE mineral deposits
. Porphyry mineral deposits
. Uranium mineral deposits

Work environment

At Natural Resources Canada, a Federal government job means developing leadership skills, fostering teamwork, and supporting creativity and innovation. We know it takes people from diverse pools of talent to make this happen. That is why we are looking for people like you. As an employee at Natural Resources Canada you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements.

Intent of the process

This inventory may be used to staff various full-time and part-time positions in the Research Affiliate Program within Natural Resources Canada with various language requirements, various qualifications and conditions of employment and for various locations. RAP students will be paid through a bursary or by an hourly rate of pay.

Positions to be filled: 30

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 1,000 words (maximum)

Contact information for 3 references.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

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

Enrolled or willing to become enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution in an undergraduate or graduate program in Earth Sciences, Geology, Geophysics or a related discipline.

The education credential of the applicant (including grades) must be sufficient for admission into a suitable Faculty of Science (or equivalent) and the application must be accepted before the availability date.

Degree equivalency

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

Various language requirements
Various language requirements: English essential, French essential, English or French essential or Bilingual (English and French) depending on the position to be filled.

Information on language requirements

Ability to communicate effectively orally
Ability to communicate effectively in writing

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

Asset Qualifications:

Study/fieldwork experience related to the Earth Sciences.

Degree equivalency

Knowledge or experience in fundamental geoscience disciplines, such as Geology, Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics, Structural Geology, Tectonics or 3D modelling.

Knowledge or experience or interest in one or more of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative research themes:
. Lode gold ore systems
. Ni-Cr-PGE ore systems
. Porphyry-style mineralisation ore systems
. Uranium-rich ore systems
. Volcanic or sedimentary base metal ore systems

Operational Requirements:
. For some positions, the student must be willing to conduct fieldwork sometimes in remote or isolated areas.
. For fieldwork the student must be able to pass a medical, possess or obtain required first-aid certification, and other safety courses as needed.
. For some positions, the student must be willing to carry out laboratory work and possess or obtain all required safety training.
. The student must be willing to travel to the fieldwork and office work locations of the position.
. Possession of a valid driver’s licence
. First Aid/CPR or Wilderness First Aid
. Firearms Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
. Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC)

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – NOTE: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.

Other information

We encourage applicants to identify any abilities, competencies, and/or experiences acquired through employment with the Canadian Armed Forces where applicable.

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

For this selection process, it is our intention to communicate with candidates via email for screening and assessment purposes. This will include communication of screening results and invitations to written tests and interviews. To that end, candidates must include a valid email address in their application. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that this address is functional and that it accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is also the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate information is provided and updated as required.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Transcripts and a list of courses may be required.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Candidates from outside the public service may be required to pay for travel and relocation costs associated with this selection process.

For further information on the organization, please visit http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/home.

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.


Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.

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

Contact information

Ryan Murphy
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