Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) is a world-leading organization supporting ocean discovery and technological innovation. ONC is as a not-for-profit society that operates and manages innovative cabled observatories on behalf of the University of Victoria that supply continuous power and Internet connectivity to various scientific instruments located in coastal, deep-ocean, and Arctic environments.

Recently Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) announced a significant investment to support the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS). Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS) is a newly launched online platform for sharing, discovering and accessing ocean data in Canada.

This national collaboration will make ocean data around the country findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable, leveraging existing Canadian and international ocean observation data into a national system. This objective will be achieved through a federated structure with regional associations providing a local nexus of data management expertise for, and engagement with, local data producers and data consumers. Three regional associations have been established in the Atlantic, Gulf of St Lawrence and Pacific regions.

Uvic and ONC host the CIOOS Pacific that works across the nation and across sectors to unite the knowledge, expertise, and infrastructure of Canada's ocean observing community. This wide variety of marine data is open for researchers, government, and public use.

Duties will include:

The main tasks of this co-op position will be to identify and inventory existing data archives at these institutions, and assess the readiness, the data quality, the completeness, and which data most readily align with the present goals and priorities of CIOOS. With guidance and assistance, the student will help compile this inventory and prepare a report for the CIOOS advisory boards.

Job knowledge requirements:

The ideal candidate will be a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or graduate student in Earth and Ocean Sciences with:

  1. Good use of the technical language to write reports
  2. Good interpersonal skills, the ability to interview, to listen and ask relevant questions
  3. Experience with data management or data publishing would be an asset.

Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.


  1. Excellent organizational skills
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  3. Excellent problem solving skills
  4. Ability to learn about new technologies and technical jargon

Start Date: September 2, 2020
End Date: December 24, 2020

See attached document for more info. 

Opening Date: 

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:00

Closing Date: 

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 16:00

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