DIRECTORY - Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator - MRSC

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec City, QC (8 months ago)

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Canadian Coast Guard (an Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) - Incident Management - Search and Rescue
Québec (Québec)
$70,213 to $79,832

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Coast Guard (an Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Closing date: 14 January 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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Update: ***Please note that a withdrawal of candidacies will be held the June 29, 2020. Consequently, we strongly encourage you to complete your application and submit it before this date in order to be part of the next group assessed. All subsequent withdrawal of applications will occur based on operational needs.***

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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

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.


Join a dynamic team of individuals for a rewarding, fast paced career, working to save lives.

Marine Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinators provide an invaluable service to people in need of assistance on the federally controlled waterways. Maritime SAR Coordinators oversee the activation, planning, and coordination, of Maritime Search and Rescue with the help of strategically located Canadian Coast Guard SAR vessels, Royal Canadian Air Force resources, and partners like police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS).

Using highly advanced computer and communication systems, you are part of a team that solves marine SAR cases. A Marine SAR Coordinator constantly monitors environmental and traffic conditions in order to be situationally aware and provide effective and efficient responses to all situations. Although this job can be very demanding at times, it is also rewarding, thrilling and empowering. When the Canadian Coast Guard is recognized for its contribution to the search and rescue mission – it is the Marine SAR Coordinator on duty they are thanking.

This is a challenge worth taking.

“This is a challenging and rewarding place to work. There are days when you have contributed to saving multiple lives and brought people back to their loved ones. I use every ounce of my marine experience as a Search and Rescue Coordinator.”

The Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator is a shore opportunity that allows you to:
  • Utilize your Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate (or higher) certificate
  • Spend more time with family and friends. You will work on a rotating shift schedule.
  • Enjoy generous paid time off.
  • Contribute to one of the best pension plans in Canada as well as benefit from excellent medical and dental insurance coverage.
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You have the skills. We have a job for you!

As a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, we are responsible for the safety and accessibility of Canada's oceans and waterways while supporting economic prosperity.

For a third year in a row, we have been recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for young People! Save lives and protect our coasts - Join the Canadian Coast Guard.

Intent of the process

The purpose of this process is to create a inventory of candidates that will be used to fill Maritime Search and Rescue Coordinator within the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region, St-Lawrence Area. Positions are located at the Québec city Marine Rescue Center (MRSC)

The first withdrawal of candidacies will be held the February 14, 2020. Consequently, we strongly encourage you to complete your application and submit it before this date in order to be part of the first group assessed. All subsequent withdrawal of applications will occur based on operational needs.

Positions to be filled: 4

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

  • A completed high school diploma or an acceptable combination of acceptable education, training and experience related to the position to be filled.
Degree equivalency

  • Watchkeeping Mate certificate or Valid Watchkeeping Mate, Near coastal certificate of Competency approved under SCTW 95 and issued under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 Marine Personal Regulations SOR/2007-115 (or equivalent**).
** Applicants holding a Bridge Officer Certificate from a foreign institution or the Royal Canadian Navy must consult Transport Canada regulations for equivalency information at the following link:

Applicants must have one or more of the following experience criteria to be considered in this process.
A combination of the experience requirements totalizing 12 months or more could be acceptable.

  • 12 months experience as a deck officer in charge of the watch;
  • 12 months experience as a Marine Rescue Co-ordinator or Assistant Coordinator at a Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) or Marine Rescue Sub-Center (MRSC).
  • 12 months experience as an officer in a Marine Communications and Traffic Services Center (MCTS):
  • Equivalent experience as defined in section 106 (2) C of the Flight Personnel Regulations (SOR / 2007-115):
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
The current need is bilingual imperative BBC/BBC

Information on language requirements

  • Knowledge of SAR methods and procedures associated with a maritime / aeronautical incident.
  • Critical Thinking (analyze an emergency situation and be able to take appropriate action);
  • Decision-making (making the right decisions in a timely manner in multiple situations);
  • Communication skills (ensure that the message is received and understood as intended);
  • Ability to use various computer tools.
  • Good interpersonal relations
  • Judgement
  • Initiative
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Preference may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to Employment Equity groups

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

  • Valid medical (Health Canada) as per employment requirements;
  • Must be able to return to the rescue center within a reasonable time frame;
  • Wearing the Coast Guard uniform in the workplace, in accordance with the Canadian Coast Guard Uniform Wear Directive;
  • Requirement to assume stand-by periods and to report for work outside normal working hours and work overtime;
  • Possibility of traveling by different modes of transport such as a ship / FRC, train, plane and helicopter;
  • Consent to work under rotating shift schedule (shifts) to provide 24/7 service;
  • The candidate must have successfully completed an on-the-job training program and the following three courses within 12 months of being appointed:
1) Maritime Search Planning Course (MSP);
2) Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Course (SMC);
3) SAR Mobile Facilities/On-scene coordinator Course (SMF/OSC);

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

A written examination may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

If applicable, you will have to provide proof of your original education credentials when requested.

When submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education, occupational certification and experience qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Your CV/resume may be used to validate this information. Should you indicate in your response "please refer to CV/resume" your application may be rejected. Lack of examples and details may result in your application being rejected as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine if the requirement is met.

Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language(s) of their choice.

Our intention is to communicate with candidates through emails and/or through the applicant account. Candidates participating in this selection process must include in their application a valid email address and make sure that this address is functional at all times and that their system accepts messages from unknown users (some email systems block the receipt of these types of email).



Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, 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.