A career as a Logistics Officer

Testimonial

“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. 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.” –Randy Hayes, Logistics Officer, CCGS George R. Pearkes

What is a logistics officer?

As a Logistics Officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, you are responsible for a wide variety of duties that help maintain the operation of a vessel and provide support to all shipboard personnel. You work closely with the commanding officer and other personnel to coordinate everything from housekeeping and catering to managing the ship’s financial resources. This includes professional training in the techniques and practices of accounting, budgeting, forecasting, and cost/benefit and risk analysis.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a Logistics Officer include:

  • buying, receiving, storing, and issuing all materials for the ship
  • managing staff, materiel, and finances
  • maintaining financial statements and reports

Career opportunities

You can move up in rank by accumulating sea time and passing Transport Canada exams. These are some of the positions available:

  • ships’ Logistics Officer (several ranks)
  • various positions within the federal public service

Income and benefits

Logistics officer positions offer competitive salaries and benefits. The average income is roughly $41,000 to $100,000 a year. Salary increases with rank. Please see the collective agreement for current salary rates.

Hours of work

The hours you work will depend on the vessel and operational requirements. There are four common crewing systems:

  • Conventional – 40-hour work week, Monday to Friday, 8 hours of work per day.
  • Lay-day – 12-hour work day, 7 days per week. Each day worked earns an equal banked day off.
  • 46.6 On-Call – 8-hour work day with 16 hours on call, 7 days per week. You earn days of rest for the exact period of time worked. Days of rest cannot be banked.
  • 42-Hour Averaging system – 12-hour work day, 7 days per week. You earn days of rest for the exact period of time worked. Days of rest cannot be banked.

Most Canadian Coast Guard vessels operate on a rotational crewing system:

  • 7 days on / 7 days off
  • 14 days on / 14 days off
  • 28 days on / 28 days off
  • 42 days on / 42 days off (for vessels operating in the high Arctic)

Is this career right for me?

These qualities and interests are essential for this career:

  • knowledge of math and accounting
  • good ability to analyze
  • meticulous 
  • leadership abilities 
  • interest in working at sea
  • able to work irregular schedules
  • taste for adventure and travel

Training and education requirements

Often, logistics officers are hired internally. Employees start with the Coast Guard as a steward, oiler, cook, deckhand, or clerk/storekeeper. They then work their way up to a logistics officer position by completing studies in second and first class logistics officer certification.

Candidates outside the Coast Guard may apply if they have three years of professional experience and meet the marine industry standard requirements.

To become a Logistics Officer, you must get a CCG Fleet Logistics Certificate of Competency. Like all employees on Canadian Coast Guard vessels, you must meet other Requirements as well.

Apply

To join the Canadian Coast Guard as a Logistics Officer, you must meet all Requirements. You must then apply through jobs.gc.ca (do not apply directly to the Coast Guard).

Please note: Résumés and applications are accepted only when a recruitment poster is advertised on jobs.gc.ca. Applications are not kept on file for future recruitment selection processes.