Exciting Careers in the Aquatic Sciences
Welcome to the rewarding world of scientific research and exploration in the Ecosystems & Oceans Science Sector of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
Imagine a career devoted to helping safety-at-sea and promoting the safety, sustainability and survival of our oceans and fresh waters. Imagine helping to expand knowledge about the diverse species that live there. We have.
DFO Ecosystems & Oceans Science Sector is an active part of the Canadian science and technology community. Our 1,600 scientists, researchers and support staff pursue excellence in service to Canadians. Our mandate includes responsibility for the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's fisheries resources while continuing to provide safe, effective and environmentally sound aquatic services that are responsive to the needs of Canadians in a global economy.
We help to ensure that Canadians benefit from
- safe and accessible waterways;
- healthy and productive aquatic ecosystems; and
- sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
With 15 research facilities from coast to coast to coast, DFO's Ecosystems & Oceans Science Sector is a career destination of choice for marine science professionals and students. We conduct leading edge research in fisheries, aquaculture, oceans and habitat management.
In DFO Ecosystems & Oceans Science Sector, you will find challenging career opportunities in the following areas:
|Aquatic engineering||Engineering and research skills|
|Marine transportation safety||Engineering, hydrography, research skills, previous experience with Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Forces or Transport Canada|
|Hydrography||Surveying, oceanography, cartography, engineering, geography, geology, hydrpgraphy, physical sciences, research skills|
|Oceanography||Biology, chemistry, engineering, physical sciences, research skills|
|Climate change research||Biology, chemistry, mathematics, physical sciences, research skills|
|Aquaculture and veterinary medicine research||Biology, veterinary medicine, research skills|
|Aquatic environmental science||Biology, chemistry, physical sciences, research skills|
|Fisheries Science||Biology, statistics, research skills, population modelling|
|Program management||University degree or college diploma, economics, policy, or science background|
Education requirements vary based on position level however, a university degree and/or college diploma will be necessary. Supervisory and management skills will also be required for certain positions within the above job categories. A professional accreditation, e.g. P.Eng. or C.L.S. and membership in a professional regulatory body may be required for some supervisory positions. Specific requirements will be listed on job postings.
DFO Ecosystems & Oceans Science Sector is committed to supporting its staff to advance scientific knowledge, share best practices, enhance their professional capacity and achieve their best in a stimulating work environment to serve the public good. An equal opportunity employer, DFO offers a professional and challenging work environment focused on scientific excellence that will meet your professional goals.
The following pages provide more information on the role you can play in science here at DFO:
- Career Opportunities for Scientists
- Career Opportunities for Scientific Researchers
- Career Opportunities with Canadian Hydrographic Service
- Research Opportunities for Students
- DFO Career Resources
Note: All job opportunities within DFO are announced on the Public Service Commission of Canada's career website.
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