2024 Winter Student – Transportation of Dangerous Goods Program Officer Student – Hybrid

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world-renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this Winter then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.

Department: TDG Program
Number of Positions: 1
Duration:  4 months-8 months (beginning in January)
Discipline: Preferably in an Engineering/Science program focusing on Physics, Chemical, Mechanical or Materials

Y ear of study: Open to students who have completed at least their 1st year of study or higher

Location: Chalk River, ON (HYBRID)

Students must submit a resume, cover letter, and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of August 20, 2023 to ensure consideration for student employment.

The employment period generally runs from the beginning of January to the end of April (for a 4 month work term) or August (for a 8 month work term).

Security clearance eligibility required: Reliability Status with Site Access Security Clearance (SASC), which has a minimum requirement of 3 years of verifiable history in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and/or the United Kingdom. CNL implements security screening in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat “Standard on Security Screening” and the “Policy on Government Security”.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods Student

The Transport and Dangerous Goods (TDG) Program team is part of Environmental Remediation Management (ERM) organisation at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL). The TDG Program team ensures compliance with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and Transport Canada (TC) Regulations for the transportation of Dangerous Goods (DG) within Canada and internationally. TDG Program work primarily deals with Class 7 Radioactive Materials for DG, but is responsible for providing oversight and guidance on all nine classes of DG.

TDG Program reviews and approves for use information on specific packaging users have selected for their projects, including writing or approving usage procedures after providing applicable technical support for the design, fabrication, use, maintenance , certification and licensing of the packaging.

TDG Program provides the mandatory training required for all workers handling and packing DG in appropriate, approved containers for safely and compliantly shipping DG to, from and with CNL sites.

This opportunity will enable an engineering or science student to apply their skills and learn about the different types of DG packages (mainly the five types of Class 7 Radioactive Materials packages) CNL uses for safely transporting hazardous substances to and from Chalk River.

What you will be doing!

  • Complete all assigned instructor led (online and in-person) training courses and online e-learning courses mandatory for CNL Nuclear Energy Workers and TDG Program Officers
  • Write a Required Project Report:

o   Summarizing the hierarchy of packaging types and the technical requirements of each packaging type, and

o   Providing example of CNL packages in each category, how CNL uses them and the main regulations which apply to each category.

In addition to the Project Report, the student will also work with the TDG Program on some of the activities listed below

  • Support TDG Program Officers maintaining TDG Program Approved Packaging List (APL) and associated documents.
  • Support TDG Program staff organizing TDG Program documentation in ATOM database and on TDG Program network drives.
  • Write and review drafts of Packaging Approval Reports for UN-rated and DG Class 7 Exempt and Excepted packaging to be added to the APL.
  • Obtain missing or required supporting documents for Packaging Approval Reports from third parties such as Vendors, Suppliers, Package Owners and package users.
  • Attend virtual and in-person meetings with TDG staff, potentially including field visits or third-party benchmarking trips, as required.
  • Provide regular updates on progress and status of assignments to supervisor.

What we are looking for: 

Interpersonal:  Strong communication skills (orally and in writing); self-confident; questioning attitude; self-starter/motivated; organized; able to meet deadlines; able to work effectively as a remote worker over Teams/Skype and emails

Technical:Familiarity with Skype, MS Teams Office Suite; report-writing capability; awareness of nuclear/radioactive materials regulations, codes and standards and previous experience working at a nuclear facility would be an asset; logical thinker for comprehending sometimes convoluted sections of Regulatory documents; secure location with broadband internet is required for work.

Are you in this field / program?  

Physics, Nuclear/Mechanical/Electrical/ Materials/Chemical/Industrial Engineering

Why CNL?

Does working with a team across Canada to advance nuclear science and technology for a clean and secure world speak to you? We’re reinventing ourselves to be the pace setters, so we can lead the charge in solving the problems that matter, like building the next generation of clean nuclear and hydrogen energy solutions, developing new and better-targeted cancer treatments, and continuing to lead the world in environmental remediation.

Do Our Priorities Resonate with You?

  • Clean energy for today and tomorrow.
  • Restore and protect the Environment.
  • Contribute to the health of Canadians.

CNL is committed to providing an atmosphere free from barriers that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in achieving our mission . CNL welcomes and celebrates employees, stakeholders and partners of all racial, cultural, and ethnic identities.

CNL also supports a workplace environment and a corporate culture that is built on our Core Values: Respect, Teamwork, Accountability, Safety, Integrity and Excellence which encourage equitable employment practices and career prospects inclusive of accommodations for all employees.

CNL is committed to being an equal-opportunity employer. If you require accommodation measures during any phase of the hiring process, please indicate via our ATS when applying. All information received in relation to accommodation requests will be kept confidential.


CNL’s Chalk River laboratory is nestled in the Ottawa Valley and affords our employees an area that is environmentally pristine with extensive forests, hills and numerous small lakes, all of which support a variety of wildlife typical to the southern edge of the Canadian Shield.  Many surrounding towns, such as Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River provide you with unparalleled outdoor adventures at your doorstep!  In fact, Deep River was named as the fourth best place to live in Canada in a recent ranking by movingwaldo.com.

The Chalk River Laboratories site is located on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people. As an organization, CNL recognizes and appreciates their historic connection to this place. CNL also recognizes the contributions that First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and this province and country as a whole.