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Q: What is Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)?

We are an established leader in science and technology and one of Canada’s most innovative governmental departments. A career at NRCan means engaging with or working with Canada’s rich array of natural resources.

Our vision:

To improve the quality of life of Canadians by creating a sustainable resource advantage.

We are Hiring!

Want to make a difference in the natural resource sector? Learn how you can contribute to an innovative and fast-paced department.

While you’re at it, take some time to explore our many recruitment and development programs, such as the Postdoctoral Research Program and the Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program.

Q: What career opportunities exist at NRCan?

A: 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.


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
  • The Explosives Safety and Security 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.


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.

Learn more about Opportunities in the Field

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.

Q: What is working at NRCan like?

A: NRCan is innovative, effective and accountable to Canadians. We value professional excellence, teamwork, diversity and collaboration.

Learn more about what we offer to our employees:

  • Diverse employment opportunities
  • Job mobility and security
  • A competitive salary and benefits package
  • A stable working environment that values work-life balance
  • Continuous learning opportunities
  • One of the best pension plans in Canada, generous insurance, dental and health care plans
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Numerous types of leave
  • A safe and healthy working environment.

Q: How do I get a job at NRCan?

A: At NRCan, we use many different ways to connect with potential new talent. A good place to start is by creating a GC Jobs account at Applying for a government job can seem like a daunting task, however the steps to get started on your career with NRCan are simple and can be followed online. We also use LinkedIn to find new talent!

Whether you are looking for something long term, or short term, NRCan has a variety of positions.


  • To begin your job search, create a account. This is where you will be able to search for available public service jobs and apply filters to refine your job search. Try refining your search by organization to see only NRCan opportunities.
  • On the selected Job advertisement, follow the instructions available on the Apply Online link.
  • Submit your application before the closing date and you’ve successfully applied!

At NRCan, we value diversity. You might see the term “Employment Equity” often while looking for a job.

  • NRCan is an equal opportunity employer and strives to achieve equity in the workplace by promoting equal opportunities and fair treatment in employment through elimination of unfair discrimination and implementing affirmative action measures.
  • The Government of Canada hires people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes the public service even more talented, inclusive and diverse.
  • If you identify as a woman, or are an Aboriginal person, a member of a visible minority, or a person with a disability, you may self-declare in the Employment Equity section of the Requirements during your application.
  • Self-declaration is voluntary, but by self-declaring as a member of one of the 4 employment equity groups, you’ll be considered for job opportunities where belonging to one of these groups is a requirement. Your information will be kept confidential.

What happens next?

  • After submitting your application, you can use the Status of job applications page to check the status of your application.
  • Members of the Human Resources team will then follow up with you regarding your next steps.
  • Security Clearance.
    • All positions within the Government of Canada require a security status or clearance.
  • Criminal record check.
    • This is a mandatory step under the security status/clearance process. All successful candidates are required to undergo a criminal record check (fingerprinting) through the department (or agency) before being hired. The hiring manager will contact you about this process.

Q: Where are jobs available?

A: 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

Q: How is NRCan keeping their employees safe during COVID?

A: We know you’re experiencing a lot of changes and discomfort as we all feel the impact of COVID-19, and we’re experiencing it too. NRCan has effectively responded to COVID-19 and has made the changes and decisions needed to keep our employees safe.

At NRCan, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. While these are unprecedented times we are working to constantly adapt to new work arrangements and practices to keep our employees safe.

What you can expect from working at NRCan during COVID-19:

  • Telework and Flexible work arrangements - To reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19, we want to facilitate flexible work arrangements and telework. NRCan is working with tour partners to maximize internet bandwidth to support remote work and prioritize network access tied to critical operations.

Q: What kinds of benefits does NRCan offer to their employees?

A: As an employee at Natural Resources Canada you can enjoy diverse employment opportunities, a range of career development programs, and a learning culture that supports you to learn on an ongoing basis. We support balancing your work and private life by offering the benefits of flexible work arrangements as well as several benefits you are entitled to from an opportunity at NRCan.

Perks and Benefits

When you are hired into a full-time position in the Public Service, you can expect several benefits that include:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Leave
  • Health Care
  • Dental Care
  • Pension Plan
  • Disability Insurance

Not working full-time? Moving from gig-to-gig in the Federal Government and just signed a contract for a term position that lasts less than six months? You might be entitled to more than you think!

  • Health Care
  • Dental Care
  • Disability Insurance

Q: What makes NRCan different from other government departments?

A: With the many opportunities that NRCan offers, you directly contribute to the sustainable future and clean tech present in everyday life for all Canadians. NRCan is committed to improving the quality of life of Canadians by ensuring the country’s abundant natural resources are developed sustainably, competitively and inclusively.

NRCan contributes to the future sustainability of Canada through many of the featured initiatives that make NRCan stand out as a leader in the future of sustainable energy in Canada. To give you an idea of how much of an impact you can make through NRCan, you are probably already using the products of NRCan sustainability initiatives in your day-to-day life!

For example, programmable thermostats that maximize efficiency and off-peak energy usage are saving Canadians money on their heating bills, while helping to prevent carbon emissions. Similarly, Canadian industries will benefit from adopting cleaner tech.

Another initiative Canadians are benefitting from daily are from energy efficiency for transportation and alternative fuel. For example, NRCan has developed tools and guides for maximizing on efficiency and controlling fuel consumption for personal vehicles!

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