The Canadian Coast Guard has launched a recruitment drive to fill well over 500 positions at sea and ashore.
The coast guard says the high demand is due to retirements, new ships, new lifeboat stations, and funding from the federal government’s $1.5 billion dollar Ocean Protection Plan.
“We’re certainly going to bring in a lot more people in the next 24 months shall we say, than we have over the previous number of years,” says the Canadian Coast Guard’s David Heap.
British Columbians can expect around 150 jobs around the West Coast, in part thanks to four new lifeboat stations and new vessels, Heap says.
With over 4,500 employees across the country, and only two-thirds of them staffed at sea, there are a wide variety of positions open, he notes.
“It’s not just going to college and becoming an officer onboard a ship, it might also be becoming a radio operator, or it might be joining us as a program officer who responds to oil spills, or a program officer that does aids to navigation review, or perhaps an administrator in business.”
While Heap says some positions are more competitive than others, they are looking for applicants with diverse backgrounds and skill sets.