GC Jobs

Digital Evidence Specialist

Reference number: RCM23J-020663-000280
Selection process number: 22-RCM-EA-K-FPSS-ALERT-110734
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Calgary (Alberta), Edmonton (Alberta)
IT-02 - SP-ICT-02
$75,129 to $91,953

For further information on the organization, please visit Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Closing date: 6 February 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Applicants are encouraged to apply ONLY if they are willing and able to work in or relocate to Edmonton, Alberta or Calgary, Alberta, or within a 40 kilometer radius of Edmonton, Alberta or Calgary, Alberta.

Update: Change to closing date. Closing date: 6 February 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education, and the essential and asset experience qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question, including when (from-to), where (occupational title, organization) and how you obtained your education and experience.

It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. Describe the situation/task, the action you took, what you accomplished and/or what you learned. Content of your response must be supported by your CV/resume as your responses to these questions will be used as a primary source of information and your CV/resume will only be used to validate this information. Should you indicate in your response "please refer to CV/resume" your application will be rejected.


The Competency “ability to communicate effectively in writing” will be assessed in part through the screening questions.


Employees are primarily responsible for conducting forensic examinations of electronic devices (cellular telephones, computers, electronic storage devices, etc) in relation to Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) investigations. These duties will result in daily exposure to Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSAM) which may depict serious and graphic images of children across a variety of age ranges (infant to teenager). Employees would be expected to attend search warrant locations in the course of their duties and support ICE investigations across the province of Alberta.

Work environment

ICE members are housed in either the Edmonton based ALERT building, or the ALERT facility in Calgary. As ICE services the province of Alberta, employees are expected to be able to travel to a variety of locations throughout the province in support of ICE investigations, which may include being present at the search warrant execution locations, and providing on-site forensic analysis and support during the seizing of electronic exhibits. ICE falls under the umbrella of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), and investigates offences related to the exploitation of children over the internet. This could include but is not limited to: the possession, distribution, importation and manufacturing of any child pornography and any computer-related child sexual abuse materials via the internet, luring children over the internet, and voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18.

The work environment for this position involves the following conditions:

• Daily exposure to graphic CSAM material in picture, video and written form.
• Travel throughout the province of Alberta as necessary to support on-going investigations.
• High pace and dynamic office environment.
• Travel outside of the province of Alberta for mandatory training as necessary.

Intent of the process

Immediate vacancies exist in the following locations:

• Edmonton, Alberta

• Calgary, Alberta

Applicants are encouraged to apply ONLY if they are willing and able to work in or relocate to Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta, or within a 40 kilometer radius of Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta.

Please clearly indicate on your application which location(s) you would like to be considered for.

The intent is to staff three (3) permanent full time IT-02 positions in Edmonton, Alberta and Calgary, Alberta.

A qualified pool of candidates may be identified and may be used to staff future vacancies within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police within Alberta (including similar IT positions, on a term, indeterminate, or acting basis, at full or part time hours).

Should a Civilian Member (CM) be found qualified and selected for appointment, the appointment will not result in a change of status to the Public Service (PS) category for the CM. Information regarding the CM appointment will be sent to all applicable candidates who are within the area of selection and participated in the advertised process.

Positions to be filled: 3

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


• Graduation from a two-year program of study from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in computer science, information technology, information management or another specialty relevant to the position to be staffed*.
*Proof of education will be required prior to appointment.

See the qualification standards for alternatives.

If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. For more information please click on “Degree equivalency”.

Degree equivalency


• Recent** and significant*** experience extracting and conducting analyses of electronic data.
• Experience building, maintaining, repairing and upgrading personal and networked computer hardware.
• Experience troubleshooting and/or problem-solving with at least three of the following operating system platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Linux or Macintosh.
• Experience preparing technical reports.

**Recent experience refers to experience acquired during the last five (5) years.
***Significant experience refers to experience normally associated with performance of the duties on a full-time basis over a consecutive period of at least two (2) years.


• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)



• Experience using forensics tools suites.
• Experience with the procedures used to document and preserve the integrity of evidence or exhibits.


• Willingness and ability to travel domestically to attend training, or for work, as necessary.
• Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, overtime, on evenings and weekends, and/or on a shift schedule.
• Willingness and ability to provide expert testimony in court.
• Willingness and ability to work in a Police Environment within Digital Forensic Lab that specializes in investigations that focus exclusively on child exploitation offences. This involves the continuous daily exposure to significant numbers of images, videos and chat conversations that depict the sexual exploitation of children of ALL ages.
• Willingness and ability to use computers and forensic software to conduct forensic computer examinations continuously in their daily role within this unit.
• Willingness and ability to assist in the execution of search warrants within the Province of Alberta.
• Willingness and ability to travel out of the Province of Alberta frequently for overnight and extended periods.
• Willingness and ability to complete the understudy requirements.
• Possession of a valid driver’s license.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


• Knowledge of information technology fundamentals.


• Ability to communicate effectively orally.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Ability to plan and organize work.
• Ability to work in a stressful environment.


• Demonstrating integrity and respect.
• Thinking things through.
• Working effectively with others.
• Showing initiative and being action-oriented.

Conditions of employment

• RCMP Secret security clearance.
• Successfully undergo pre-placement and regular RCMP psychological screening requirements for ICE employment.
• Agreement to participate in the Technological Crime Understudy Program and successful completion within 2 years of entrance to the program.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Only online applications are accepted. All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System.

Candidates must meet all the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Your responses to the screening questions will be used as the primary source in determining whether you meet the screening requirements. If you do not fully complete the screening questions as instructed, you may be screened out.

Candidates may be assessed using one or more of the following tools: standardized tests, written exam, interview, simulation exercise and reference checks.

Volume Management strategies may be used.

Should there be a large number of applicants, please note that asset qualifications could be invoked.

A random or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

A cut-off score may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Please note that your overall conduct and communications, including email correspondence, throughout the entire process may be used in the assessment of qualifications and competencies.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. Applicants MUST check their e-mail accounts frequently as there may be a deadline for responses. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Please note that we will have to consider that you are no longer interested in participating in the selection process and that you have withdrawn your candidacy should you not provide us with an up-to-date email address or respond to our communications.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Public Service Human Resources, K & G Divisions
Date modified: