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Research Support Services Workers (Stream 1: Greenhouse / Stream 2: Field)

Reference number: AGR22J-050496-000073
Selection process number: 22-AGR-MBSK-EA-STB-013372
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Morden (Manitoba)
$26.85 to $29.17 per hour

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Closing date: 17 February 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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 you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

We want you to succeed! Our objective is to identify qualified candidates by fairly assessing their abilities. Assessment accommodations are intended to remove obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so that all candidates can showcase their capabilities.

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.

We welcome all candidates, including Indigenous Peoples, Black, other racialized groups, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2+ community to apply and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Indigenous (Aboriginal*) Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Women or Visible Minorities - Black people and other racialized groups).

*The term “Aboriginal” is used within this job advertisement as it relates to the Employment Equity Act and other legislative frameworks. The term “Indigenous” is used where possible, in alignment with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Work environment

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion. We have several networks dedicated to ensuring that the department continues to grow as an inclusive, accessible, respectful and diverse workplace. All employees are encouraged and welcomed to join the networks and participate in their activities and events.
• The Gender and Sexual Diversity Inclusiveness Network
• The Indigenous Network Circle
• The Managers' Community
• The Persons with Disabilities Network
• The Student Panel of Representatives for Orientation, Unity and Training
• The Visible Minorities Network
• The Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network
• The Young Professional's Network

Intent of the process

Immediate Need:
Stream 1: Senior Greenhouse Operations Worker: 1 full time permanent position and 1 full time temporary position (6 month term).
Stream 2: Senior Field Operations Worker: Anticipatory

A pool of qualified and/or partially qualified candidates may be established and used to staff similar positions on a temporary or permanent basis.

In the event that an employee of the public service is qualified through this inventory, and there is a temporary need, he/she may be considered for acting, deployment, assignment or secondment opportunities.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

Both Streams:
• Successful completion of secondary school diploma OR acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Stream 1:
• Experience in plant care including pest management, plant maintenance and propagation.

Stream 2:
• Experience in the operation of plot scale (e.g. harvesters, seeders, sprayers) and/or farm equipment (e.g. tractors, combine, farm trucks).
• Experience working with field crops and weed species.
• Experience in processing seed (e.g. cleaning) and/or soil (e.g. collecting) samples.

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

Both Streams:
• Experience in working in an agricultural research environment.
• Pesticide Applicator’s License issued by Manitoba for field application or greenhouse application.

Stream 1:
• Diploma or certificate in nursery and/or greenhouse production management, plant science or horticulture from a recognized agricultural education program.
• Experience in the operation of environmental control systems.
• Experience by way of training in greenhouse management or plant propagation.

Stream 2:
• Forklift Operator’s License issued by a provincially certified agency.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Both Streams:
• Knowledge of crop production.
• Ability to identify major grain crop species.
• Ability to perform basic data entry and data management using Microsoft Excel and Word.
• Ability to record information for the purposes of record keeping – accurately and legibly.
• Concern for Safety
• Teamwork
• Initiative
• Adaptability
• Planning and Organizing

Stream 1:
• Knowledge of modern greenhouse practices, plant maintenance and growing conditions in controlled environments.
• Knowledge of greenhouse fertilizers and pest control products including preparation and application.
• Knowledge of the main greenhouse crop pests and diseases.
• Ability to perform dosage and dilution calculations for preparing pesticide solutions.

Stream 2:
• Knowledge of field chemicals.
• Knowledge of crop pests and diseases.
• Ability to operate agricultural/farm equipment.
• Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.

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

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

Stream 1:
• Ability and willingness to work on rotating schedules for weekends.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Ability and willingness to control allergies, through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication and must not impinge on tasks to be performed.
• Possession of a valid class 5 Manitoba driver’s license, or other provincial/territorial equivalency.
• Ability and willingness to work in harsh environments (outdoors, cold, hot, dust and noise).
• Ability and willingness to work overtime including evening, weekends and statutory holidays.
• Ability and willingness to work with chemicals and pesticides.
• Ability and willingness to perform physically demanding work including moderate to heavy manual labour requiring bending and lifting heavy objects (up to 25kg)
• Ability and willingness to obtain a Pesticide Applicators License issued by the Manitoba Agriculture within eighteen months of appointment.
• Ability and willingness to obtain a Forklift Operator’s License issued by a provincially certified agency within one year of appointment.

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 inventory, 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 inventory 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

Isabelle Powell - Human Resources Advisor
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