CO-OP STUDENTS ONLY: Environment and Climate Change Canada – Dartmouth, NS


Environment and Climate Change Canada: Compliance Promotion Unit

Position: Co-op Work Term Student

Work Location: Queen Square, 45 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6

Area of Selection: Open to students currently enrolled in a co-op program of a recognized university in Nova Scotia with specialization in science, engineering, environmental science, or other relevant disciplines.

Duration: January 5, 2017 to April 26, 2017 (there is some flexibility in start and end dates).

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week (standard work week).

Salary: Salary is based on the federal government’s published Student Rates of Pay, which is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of work terms completed and level of education. See Section 3 of the following web page for more information.


Language Proficiency:

  • English Essential

Education Requirements:

  • Enrolment in a degree co-op program at a recognized university with specialization in science, engineering, environmental science, or other relevant discipline.

Skills and Abilities Requirements (essential):

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and organize time with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing).
  • Experience with a variety of software applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.

Asset Criteria (desirable, but not essential)

  • Knowledge of environmental science and environmental issues
  • Relevant work experience
  • Experience entering, querying and reporting information from databases

Personal Suitability Criteria:

  • Initiative
  • Judgment
  • Reliability
  • Effective Interpersonal Skills

Security Requirements:

  • The successful candidates must obtain reliability security status prior to being hired.


Summary of Duties:
The Co-op student will assist Environment and Climate Change Canada with its efforts to improve compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations. Activities will involve regulations such as the Environmental Emergency Regulations, the PCB Regulations, the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations, and other regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 and the Fisheries Act.

Tasks undertaken by the student in this position may include:

  • Create, verify and/or update various electronic databases (e.g. Microsoft Dynamics CRM) for specific targeted areas or regulations;
  • Enter data from various reports into electronic databases, and conduct quality assessments of electronic data;
  • Format data for use by compliance promotion program staff;
  • Conduct an analysis of specific industry sectors;
  • Call businesses and regulatees to verify contact information, confirm types of activities undertaken by the facility;
  • Contact specific businesses or staff from other federal departments to inform them about specific regulations that may apply as well as upcoming workshops that may be of interest;
  • Provide support to compliance promotion officers on development and delivery of compliance promotion material

Application Details


  • Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.
  • Candidates who are not Canadian citizens may apply but Canadian citizens will be given priority.
  • Non-Canadians will be interviewed only if we are unable to meet our recruitment needs from the pool of Canadian applicants.
  • The Public Service of Canada promotes Employment Equity and we encourage candidates to voluntarily self-identify if they are members of a visible minority group, persons with a disability and/or Aboriginal persons.
  • Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the use of English but may be interviewed in the Official Language of their choice (English or French).
  • Visit to learn more about Environment and Climate Change Canada.

To Apply:

Students who wish to apply should forward a cover letter and résumé by 5:00 p.m. Atlantic time on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to