Do you want to be a Logistics Officer?

Do you like working in a busy environment that is always changing? Are you interested in working with and helping people? Would you like to work in the marine environment? Then, we may have the job for you!

What do they do?

Logistics officers with the Canadian Coast Guard are responsible for a wide variety of duties that help maintain the operation of a vessel. They work closely with the commanding officer and other personnel to coordinate everything from the housekeeping and catering to administration of the ships financial resources. Logistics officers are responsible for purchasing, receiving, storing and issuing of all materials for the ship. This includes professional training in techniques and practices of accounting, budgeting, forecasting and cost/benefit and risk analysis.

How do I become a Logistics Officer?

To become a logistics officer, candidates must obtain their CCG Fleet Logistics Certificate of Competency.

Frequently, logistics officers are hired internally. Often, an employee will start with the Canadian Coast Guard as a steward, oiler, cook, deckhand or clerk/storekeeper and after completing studies in second and first class logistics officer certification will work his/her way up to a logistics officer position.

Openings for jobs with the Canadian Coast Guard are advertised through the Public Service Commission website at Careers in the federal Public Service.

Spotlight On... Randy Hayes is a logistics officer aboard the CCGS George R. Pearkes.

Randy HayesStarting out his career as a deckhand, Randy worked his way up to a clerk/storekeeper position before becoming a logistics officer. According to Randy, the best part about working as a logistics officer is that no two days are ever the same. “I can guarantee you that I won’t ever go to work and say that I did the same thing today as I did yesterday, it changes all the time.”

His responsibilities are many as he is required to purchase supplies for every part of the vessel, from the engine room to the medicine cabinet. “I am responsible for the readiness of the vessel for whatever material management requirements may be needed. It is not enough for a ship to be operational, it has to be sustainable.”

Going above and beyond his duties as a logistics officer Randy became certified as a rescue specialist which gives him the ability to provide assistance to those in distress during a search and rescue incident. In addition to his duties as a logistics officer and rescue specialist Randy provides training as a first aid instructor.

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Published By:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Communications Branch
P.O. Box 5667
St. John’s, NL A1C 5X1

Catalogue Number: Fs154-7/31-2011E-PDF
ISBN: 978-1-100-17862-2
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