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Project Lead – Minor Use Pesticides

Reference number: AGR23J-027982-000173
Selection process number: 23-AGR-NCR-EA-STB-18344
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Lacombe (Alberta), Lethbridge (Alberta), Agassiz (British Columbia), Summerland (British Columbia), Brandon (Manitoba), Morden (Manitoba), Fredericton (New Brunswick), St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador), Kentville (Nova Scotia), Guelph (Ontario), Harrow (Ontario), London (Ontario), Ottawa (Ontario), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Québec (Québec), Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec), Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Québec), Sherbrooke (Québec), Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), Swift Current (Saskatchewan)
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified period
$82,579 to $106,319

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Closing date: 11 April 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

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Assessment accommodation

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Please help us meet our commitment of providing an inclusive and barrier-free environment by letting us know if you require assessment accommodations, including assistance with the application process. Additional information on the assessment format(s) (for example: exam, interview) will be provided at each assessment stage.

As one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is proud to celebrate our achievement in creating a diverse, respectful, and positive workplace where all employees are valued and recognized for their unique qualities, ideas, voices and perspectives. We are dedicated to building and promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, representative of all Canadians regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic background or lived experience. By embracing diversity and inclusion, our department ensures broader discussions, better decisions, and a more positive workplace.


Reporting to the Section Head within the Minor Use Pesticide Program, the Minor Use Project Lead is responsible for leading Good Laboratory practices (GLP) compliant residue studies as well as efficacy/crop tolerance studies, within a science discipline (entomology, pathology, weed science), for the generation of data required to support submissions of new minor uses of pesticides to Health Canada (HC) Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for approval and registration.

Work environment

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) is a division within AAFC’s Science and Technology Branch, Coastal Region. The PMC provides benefits to Canadian producers, the environment, and consumers by focusing on:
- Improving growers’ of minor crops access to pest control products, with emphasis on reduced-risk products; and
- providing producers with access to new pest-management technologies to improve their competitiveness domestically and internationally.

The Centre is headquartered in Ottawa with employees located in several AAFC Research and Development Centers across Canada.

Intent of the process

The immediate intent is to fill one (1) position in the Pest Management Centre’s Minor Use Pesticide Program.

A pool of fully or partially qualified candidates will be established and may be used to fill similar positions with various tenures, linguistic requirements, security requirements, conditions of employment, and in various locations across Canada.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in biological, natural, or applied science with a specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position including but not limited to: entomology, plant pathology, weed science, integrated pest management, plant biology, horticulture, agronomy, agriculture.

If you were educated outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. Click on the link below to contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).

Degree equivalency

Experience in managing and conducting scientific studies acquired and applied in a working environment including all of the following:
- experimental planning and designing,
- data collection
- data analysis, and
- data interpretation
Experience in writing and reviewing scientific reports, publications or technical resources, acquired and applied in a working environment.
Experience in conducting pest management research in agricultural production systems.

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

Graduation with a Master’s degree and/or a Doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in a field relevant to the duties of the position.

Degree equivalency

Experience conducting plant pathology pest management project(s) /activities in agricultural production systems.
Experience conducting entomology pest management project(s) /activities in agricultural production systems.
Experience conducting weed science pest management project(s) /activities in agricultural production systems.
Experience with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) studies.
Experience managing multi-year projects, with associated personnel management, or contracting duties.
Experience conducting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) research applicable to entomology, plant pathology or weed science, acquired and applied in a working environment.
Experience establishing relationships (e.g., consulting, engaging, negotiating) with stakeholders.

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

Various language requirements
English Essential
Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of the agricultural crops sector, production practices and plant protection practices including pest issues, pest biology, and pest management trends for crops grown in Canada.
Knowledge of experimental design, data collection, data analysis and reporting of results in entomology, plant pathology or weed science.
Knowledge of grower groups, commodity organizations and stakeholders of relevance to the agricultural sector in Canada.

Planning and organizing
Interactive communication

Ability to communicate effectively in writing

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Knowledge of pesticide use patterns and application methods in Canada.
Knowledge of the legislation, roles, and responsibilities of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
Knowledge of theories and principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Canadian agricultural crops.

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

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


You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

Various assessment tools may be used, such as, standardized tests, interviews, references, board member knowledge, etc.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

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.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

A test may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Asset qualifications may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.


Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs.html.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under "Contact Information".

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. 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).


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

April Prager - Human Resources Advisor
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