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NRCan – an established leader in science and technology! Join us in one of Canada’s most innovative governmental departments. If you are passionate about engaging with or working with Canada’s rich array of natural resources, working in one of our many laboratories or offices located around the country and want to work in a department that has received the Canada’s Best Employers 2022 designation, NRCan might be the right place for you.

Employee testimonials

Learn more about Natural Resources Canada from an employee’s perspective – the passion they have for their work, their unique experiences and how their diverse skills, interests, and backgrounds led them to a career at NRCan.

Environmental assessment officer
“At NRCan, there’s room for both personal and professional growth.”

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Physical scientist
“NRCan employees are not afraid to dream big in order to solve a problem.”

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Policy advisor
“I think it’s pretty cool that at NRCan you can chat with a Nobel Prize winning scientist during your coffee break!”

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Environmental assessment officer
”I have had the support of my team leaders to volunteer, attend lectures and broaden my knowledge base and my network.”

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What career opportunities exist at NRCan?

We value your education and experience. At NRCan, career possibilities are exciting and expose you to experiences in many fields. Whether your interest lies in science, engineering, technology, policy and economics, or corporate services such as human resources, finance, communications, auditing, or information management and technology, NRCan has opportunities for you.

NRCan offers a broad range of career opportunities across many interests and disciplines. You can start with NRCan through positions within fields like:

Science, Engineering, Technology, and Innovation

NRCan Science plays a vital and unique role in supporting innovation throughout Canada’s natural resource industries. With major facilities and research centres across the country, NRCan scientists are helping to generate and transfer new knowledge, technologies and tools to drive innovation, promote sustainability and enhance productivity. This includes developing science and technology products and services to support regulations and standards that also increase the competitiveness of Canadian firms.

Energy

Researchers at CanmetENERGY

Researchers at CanmetENERGY

Exploring newer and cleaner energy technologies, improving the energy efficiency of your home, developing and testing alternative fuel sources, enhancing sustainable development of oil and gas in Canada are just a few of the areas of energy NRCan explores and holds various employment opportunities across our three energy sectors:

  • The Low Carbon Energy Sector
  • Strategic Petroleum Policy and Investment Office
  • The Energy Technology Sector

Some opportunities include:

  • Energy Efficiency – Engineers (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Geological, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Mining, Petroleum, etc.)
  • Energy Sources and Distribution - Technologists and Technicians in various fields including forestry, chemistry, land surveying, geomatics, meteorology, etc.

Minerals & Mining

Research scientist Terry Cheng conducts experiments to extract gold from mining waste in his lab

Research scientist Terry Cheng conducts experiments to extract gold from mining waste in his lab. Today’s mining waste could be tomorrow’s gold.

Canada is a highly-regarded mining nation with valuable critical minerals and metals, excellence in earth sciences and innovation, and a reputation for sustainable and ethical mining.

Discover how you can contribute to Canadian leadership in mining and be part of making these raw materials into consumable products like smart phones, wind turbines, and batteries for electric vehicles. Jobs include: chemists, mining and metallurgical engineers and technologists.

The Lands and Minerals Sector (LMS) is the centre of expertise on Canada’s landmass, and has a wealth of knowledge that contributes to the economic growth of our country and helps Canadians stay safe and adapt to a changing climate. We have six branches:

  • Geological Survey of Canada
  • CanmetMINING
  • The Surveyor General Branch
  • Explosives, Regulatory and Business Services Branch
  • The Hazards, Adaptation and Operations Branch
  • The Policy and Economics Branch
  • Business Management Services and Data Branch

Other types of positions may include: Coastal Geologist, Corrosion Specialist, Deforestation Specialist, Environment Advisor, Fibre Bio-Geoinformatics Analyst, Forest Geomatics Researcher, Geophysicist or Marine Collections Curator.

Forestry

Canada is rich in forest resources and a world leader in sustainable forest management. The health of our forests, as well as the communities that depend on them are influenced by a variety of environmental, societal and economic factors.

Forest fire

While climate change and human behaviour may spark wildfires in some parts of Canada's boreal forest, NRCan-CFS researcher Martin Girardin's work focuses on an area in Manitoba that is tracking lower than historic levels.

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The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) of Natural Resources Canada is the national and international voice for Canada’s forest sector. We collaborate closely with Canada’s provinces and territories to ensure our forests are sustainable and healthy for our country and the world to enjoy.

CFS has five regional research centres and one virtual research centre. CFS offers a stimulating work environment and is always looking for passionate, talented individuals to fill positions such as: research scientist, forestry officer, biologist, geographical information systems specialist, technician, policy analyst, economic analyst, knowledge exchange officer, deforestation advisor, environmental advisor, etc.

 

Earth Observation

Did you know:

Earth observation is one of the ways specialists monitor water quality to protect public health!

Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) offers geospatial information, services and analytics to support NRCan files such as climate change and adaptation, Indigenous reconciliation, cumulative effects, flood mapping, and emergency management. As a leader in open geospatial data and Artificial Intelligence, CCMEO is a creator and steward of some of the largest datasets in government. It aims to increase the quality and quantity of geospatial data, make data fit-for-use and relies on collaborative partnerships with provinces, territories and Indigenous peoples to achieve this. CCMEO projects contribute to Arctic and Northern development, such as maintaining and modernizing satellite-receiving stations for the benefit of the Government of Canada and industry.

Opportunities exist in many other areas, including: the Arctic, Climate Change, Earth Observation, Geomatics, Hydrology, Laboratories, Materials Technology, Natural Hazards, Oceanography, Remote Sensing, Renewable Energy.

Science and Data

Our Science and Technology leadership is a cornerstone of Canada's strength as a natural resources powerhouse. With NRCan you can explore your opportunities with science through positions in scientific research, through planning, conduct, evaluation and management of fundamental research, knowledge enhancement, technology development and innovation relevant to defense science, historical research and archival science, mathematics and the natural sciences.

Through the work of federal research scientists ensures that departments have the sound scientific base for strategic and effective policies, regulations and programs to anticipate and meet the future needs and challenges of the department.

Office of the Chief Scientist

Nicole Heshka

Nicole Heshka, NRCan research scientist, CanmetENERGY Devon, Alberta

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) provides leadership, oversight and advice on cross-cutting science policy, capacity, communication and management issues to support a coherent, effective and modern NRCan Science and Technology enterprise.

 

Climate change

Protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand in hand. Taking action on climate change means doing our part to reduce emissions and increase climate resilience, but it will also help Canada to diversify our economy and generate well-paying jobs. The global economy is moving toward a greener future and Canada is working to keep pace. Natural Resources Canada wants to increase the creation and adoption of clean technologies in key sectors of the Canadian economy: energy, mining and forestry.

At the Bar Harbour seismometer station in the Northwest Territories

At the Bar Harbour seismometer station in the Northwest Territories.

Boundary worker Karl Leblanc checks equipment during the survey through the Cascade Mountain Range at the B.C.–Washington border

Boundary worker Karl Leblanc checks equipment during the survey through the Cascade Mountain Range at the B.C.–Washington border.

NRCan-Indigenous relationships and natural resources

NRCan is helping to build strong NRCan-Indigenous relationships where Inuit, Métis and First Nations are true partners in Canada’s natural resource advantage. The Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation Sector leads the development of strategic Indigenous policy in the department by representing NRCan on cross-cutting Indigenous priorities across government and by developing tools and guidance that support NRCan’s sector activities, as well as by helping connect NRCan with Indigenous communities, governments and organizations.

NRCan encourages Indigenous participation to ensure concerns and interests are taken into consideration throughout the resource sector and for major projects, including:

  • Land claims in the North
  • Participation in mining activities
  • Indigenous Natural Resources Partnerships

Major Projects Management Office

Canada has one of the largest, most diverse natural resource endowments in the world, positioning the country favourably to meet global demand for energy, minerals, metals and forest products. Major natural resource projects are an important source of economic growth and job creation in all regions of Canada. Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) is responsible for: providing overarching project coordination, management and accountability for major resource projects within the federal regulatory review process; including consultation.

Policy and Economics

The Strategic Policy & Innovation Sector (SPI) supports the Minister of NRCan and Senior Management by providing integrated and evidence-based policy advice on a range of economic, international, intergovernmental, geospatial and results-driven issues.

Policy analysts and economists working at NRCan have the opportunity to work on key policy areas, such as climate change and environmental protection, competitiveness and working with Indigenous peoples. Other examples include: market, data and business analyst, demographer, business insights consultant , and policy analysts.

Domestic and international markets

The right conditions are needed to secure and create jobs and wealth for all Canadians. Canada's energy, mining and forest sectors impart economic benefits, such as job creation and capital investments.

The planning, development, delivery and management of economic development policies, programs, services and other activities designed to promote the establishment, growth and improvement of industry, commerce, and export trade; the regulation of trade and commerce.

Types of positions may include: program officer, business development officer, network liaison officer, policy and promotion advisor, science policy advisor, climate change officer, energy guide officer and intellectual property officer.

Corporate Priorities and Services

The corporate service areas within NRCan are the backbone for our science and policy work. CMSS, Finance, Legal, Audit and Evaluation, Human Resources, and Communications.

We hire experts in: marketing and social media, human resource specialists in learning, staffing, talent management, service desk technicians, web designers and developers, computer programmers and interactive media developers, evaluators, auditors as well as financial officers, accountants, lawyers, and more.

Career profiles

Our department spans a myriad of interests and employees:

  • scientists, engineers and designers working to generate new ideas and transfer technologies
  • service oriented workers who engage with our partners and clients
  • journalists and media analysts, promoting NRCan’s events and initiatives, keeping the public engaged through media coverage

Our department is an established leader in science and technology – we need new talent like yourself to maintain that title as technologies continue to rapidly advance.

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Career Locations

Flexibility and mobility is something you can expect with a job at NRCan! Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be located in Ottawa to work with us, NRCan has many opportunities available outside of the National Capital Region.

NRCan across Canada

Use the following link to view any NRCan office building locations across Canada: list of provinces. Any information such as associated Organizations, People and Services relative to a location are available via individual provincial map pages.

Map of Canada with provinces labeled

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