Naval Communicator (Naval Reserve) - #8990670

Canadian Armed Forces

Date: 2022-11-25
City: Lone Butte, BC
Contract type: Part time
Canadian Armed Forces


Looking for a fast-paced job that’s at the heart of the action? If so, consider joining the Naval Reserve as a Naval Communicator.

Naval Communicators use their communication and tech skills to help everyone onboard Canadian warships and submarines achieve their goals. They spend their days managing electronic communications down in the Communications Control Room, troubleshooting primary IT systems, and working under the bridge using radio communications to connect with other ships and units ashore. They get to work with some of the most advanced and sophisticated communication and computer systems in the world.

Serve with the Naval Reserve

This position is available for part-time or select full-time employment with the Naval Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part-time at a Naval Reserve Unit in their community and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. While Reserve Force members usually work on scheduled evenings and weekends, they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on available opportunities.

Naval Reservists are paid to do their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.

A career in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve offers many benefits, including a competitive pension plan, dental insurance, and reimbursement for college or university courses during your career.


Naval Communicators are in charge of providing real-time tactical information to support the ship’s mission. Trained in communications and IT security, they oversee all external voice, radio teletype and data circuits.

Their days involved running the ship’s communications with national and allied networks over radio frequencies by using tactical line-of-sight, long-range and satellite communications. They also advise Command on tactical signaling and ship maneuvering by encoding and decoding signals and communicating tactical and maneuvering signals. Their main duties include:

  • Radio-teletype
  • Computer networking
  • Satellite, tactical voice and visual communications
  • Classified and unclassified computer networks
  • Computer-based message processing
  • Radio communication control systems
  • Cryptographic and satellite equipment in support of high-speed data and imagery exchanges

Work Environment

While aboard ships, Naval Communicators experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with work at sea, such as rough waters and shift work. They work primarily in the Communications Control Room, Operations Room, on the bridge and the flag deck.

When employed ashore, Naval Communicators work in office-like conditions in a high-security environment, typically a restricted-access communications facility. They may work in a wider variety of duties such as providing communications support to ships and shore establishments, performing duties to assist in the communications flow in Naval Radio Stations, or be employed as instructors in Recruit, Leadership, or Communication Schools.

Required Education

The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.

Basic Military Qualification

Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) is the first step in a new CAF member’s career. BMQ training provides basic core skills and common knowledge for all CAF trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain CAF physical fitness standards; as a result, the training is physically demanding. Naval Reservists’ BMQ is designed to be flexible; the course is conducted in three phases. The first and second phases are conducted part-time with the local unit throughout the year. The third phase is conducted in Valcartier (QC) during the summer for three weeks.

Basic Occupational Qualification Training

Naval Communicators attend the Naval Fleet School (Pacific) in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Training topics include:

  • Communications security
  • Information systems security
  • Basic communication procedures, such as:
  • Basic radio theory and computer skills
  • A Plus and Network Plus Curriculum
  • Keyboarding and Message processing
  • Frequency Management
  • Operating Radio Communication Equipment
  • Fleet Manoeuvring

Specialty Training

Naval Communicators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:

  • Maritime semi-automatic exchange basic operator
  • Military aeronautical communications
  • Naval boarding party
  • Basic submarine qualification
  • Ship’s team diver
  • Instructional techniques
  • Ship’s coxswain

Advanced Training

As they progress in their career, Naval Communicators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:

  • Computer operation (message handling)
  • Local area network administrator
  • Advanced cryptography
  • Communications policy directive planning and implementation
  • Tactical communication plan preparation and execution
  • Communications security
  • Information systems security
  • Frequency management
  • Advanced fleet tactical maneuvering
  • Leadership and management courses

Specific Navy Training

Naval recruits attend the Naval Fleet School (Pacific) in Esquimalt (BC), or Naval Fleet School (Atlantic) in Halifax (NS). Training includes the following topics:

  • Naval history and organization
  • Shipboard firefighting and damage control
  • Shipboard safety
  • Watchkeeping duties
  • Seamanship

Join the CAF

To learn more about becoming a Naval Communicator, talk to a recruiter at a center nearest you or call 1-800-856-8488, or visit

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Please note that this position is recruiting across Canada, not limited to the listed Province.

This job is available in multiple locations and may require relocation.

Job Type: Part-time

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