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Canadian Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government’s civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians such as: marine search and rescue, marine pollution response, marine communications and traffic management services, icebreaking and ice-management services, aids to navigation, channel maintenance and support of other government departments, boards and agencies by providing ships, aircraft and other services.

As a Special Operating Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the CCG helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians.
La Garde côtière canadienne (GCC) possède et exploite la flotte civile du gouvernement fédéral et fournit aux Canadiens des services maritimes essentiels, notamment les suivants: recherche et sauvetage en mer, intervention en cas de pollution marine, services de communications et de gestion du trafic maritimes, services de déglaçage et de gestion des glaces, aides à la navigation, à l'entretien des canaux et au soutien d'autres ministères, conseils et agences du gouvernement en fournissant des navires, des aéronefs et d'autres services.

En tant qu'organisme service spécial de Pêches et Océans Canada (MPO), la GCC aide le MPO à s'acquitter de sa responsabilité d'assurer des voies navigables sécuritaires et accessibles aux Canadiens....

Search and Rescue Program Officer
Posted date [2021-Jan-19] (ID: 1985)

Canadian Coast Guard

Search and Rescue Program Officer GT-04

Selection process number : 20-DFO-CEN-EA-CCG-301348


Why work with us?

The Search and Rescue Program Officer position is a shore opportunity that allows you to:

  • Travel and do field work.
  • Work with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Take advantage of maternity, paternity, adoption, sick and family-related leave.
  • Contribute to one of the best retirement plans in Canada, and enjoy excellent health and dental insurance coverage.


Pool of qualified candidates

Location : Quebec City and Sarnia

Salary : $66, 610 to $75, 733

Who can apply : Canadians residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad

Withdrawal of candidacies : February 1st, 2021


Three types of Search and Rescue, Program Officer positions are available :

  • Stream 1 : Program Officer, Driving small craft 
  • Stream 2 : Program Officer, Emergency First Responder
  • Stream 3 : Program Officer, Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) student program



Join a team of passionate people! Our Training Officers contribute to the development and maintenance of search and rescue skills for more than one hundred employees of the Canadian Coast Guard and emergency services partners. You could be called upon to respond to a search and rescue mission during a marine incident, be the victim of an advanced first aid simulation for the training of rescue specialists and teach your passion to professionals on duty in Canada. As a trainer, you may be able to develop your skills in an active and emotional environment.


Requirements for the three Program Officer streams:

  • Secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.
  • Recent and significant* experience in tactical emergency search and rescue response operations.
  • Recent and significant* experience in establishing relations with public and private partners.
  • Knowledge of the roles and the responsibility of the Search and Rescue's main partners in Canada.
  • Knowledge of search and rescue practice and procedure during a maritime incident.
  • Bilingual imperative (BBB/BBB) for positions located in Quebec or English essential for positions located in Sarnia.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to apply operational standards and procedures within a regulatory framework.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Integrity and respect.
  • Judgement.
  • Working effectively as a part of a team.
  • Initiative and action orientated.


Experience and knowledge required only for STREAM 1 (Program Officer, Driving small craft):

  • Experience in driving fast small craft (less than 15 Gross Tonnage) with a minimum of 15 hours at the command of the small craft in stormy sea conditions ( winds >30 knots and/or visibility< 2 nautical miles) acquired within the last 5 years.
  • Knowledge of small outboard engines.
  • Knowledge of maritime navigational collision regulations.


Experience and knowledge required only for STREAM 2 (Program Officer, Emergency First Responder) :

  • Recent and significant* experience as Emergency First Responder.
  • Knowledge of advanced first aid techniques.


Experience and knowledge required only for STREAM 3 (Program Officer, Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) student program) :

Recent and significant* experience in executing the student in-shore rescue boat program (IRB).


* Recent and significant means: an experience which lasted a minimum of 2 years and acquired within the last 5 years or a minimum of 2 summer seasons as coxswain within the IRB program and acquired within the last 5 years.




For questions, please contact: Human Resources Quebec at rhqbc(at)  

Job Title Search and Rescue Program Officer
Job Details
Posted By Canadian Coast Guard
Start Date
Salary $66, 610 to $75, 733
Location Quebec City and Sarnia
Deadline for Application
Contact Phone #
Contact Email rhqbc(at)
Categories and Description
Ship's Main Trading Area Ship's Main Trading Area -> Great Lakes / St-Lawrence River
Term Term -> Long-term
Position / Rank Position -> Shore Job