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Senior Primary Inspector

Reference number: ICA21J-023183-000019
Selection process number: 21-ICA-ATL-OE-IND-NFLD-211
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
Indeterminate seasonal
$52,316 to $66,197

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 25 January 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing within a 100 km radius of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.

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

Process Details

The assessment of candidates will be conducted as follows:


When submitting your application, you must answer two types of questions for the screening/assessment phase.

1. Questions related to Education and Experiences.

2. Text Question related to the following competency:

EC3: Adaptability / Flexibility

EC5b: Written Communication will be assessed using your response to the text question.


The following competencies will be assessed through an interview and/or reference check:

EC1: Planning/Organization
EC2: Teamwork
EC3: Adaptability/Flexibility
EC4: Dependability
EC5a: Communication (Oral)

We will only accept applications received through the GC Jobs website, therefore you must submit your application by clicking on “Apply online” in this advertisement. Persons who are unable to apply online must use the “Contact information” below, prior to the closing date, to request specialized accommodation.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As a separate employer, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has implemented the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, that requires all CFIA employees to attest to their vaccination status and to be fully vaccinated, unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), assignment and student hiring to the CFIA. Should you reach the point in the staffing process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment, the hiring manager will contact you.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada - Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or an open or CFIA-specific work permit will only be considered if all other applicants with legal status to work in Canada are determined to be not qualified.


The general responsibilities of the advertised position include the safe inshore and offshore operation of boats, shellfish sampling and sample submission under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations as well as conducting survey work and sample collection.

Work environment

We offer a science-based environment, with excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement, and emphasis on learning and development, and a high level of employee satisfaction. Join a workforce that’s as diverse as the people it serves. You can find some more great reasons to join us on our website: https://inspection.canada.ca/about-cfia/job-opportunities/join-us/eng/1299859095075/1299859142835

Intent of the process

A qualified pool of candidates may be established. The intent of this staffing process is to staff an indeterminate seasonal position. The employment season will be relatively constant each year and will generally run from April to mid-November.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

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


Completion of post-secondary education specializing in relevant technical sciences. CFIA Operations will apply a preference for university graduation with specialization in a field related to the functions of the position.

Degree equivalency


EE1: Experience in the inspection of food or in applying food science or other relevant experience in the agri-food industry.

EE2: Experience in operating boats.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


EC1: Planning/Organization
EC2: Teamwork
EC3: Adaptability/Flexibility
EC4: Dependability
EC5a: Communication (Oral)
EC5b: Communication (Written)

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


AEd1: Marine Emergency Duties (MED) A3 – Small Non-Pleasure Vessel Basic Safety
AEd2: Boat Safety Education or possession of Pleasure Craft Operator Card
AEd3: Professional Radio Operator Certificate – General Operator Certificate

Degree equivalency


AE1: Significant experience in operating boats in various sea conditions.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment from the pool:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.
• In accordance with the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, all employees of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment
from the pool:
• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation.
• Use of all prescribed safety materials, equipment, clothing and devices.
• Willing and available to work shifts.
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., nights, weekends, statutory holidays).
• Willing and available to travel.
• Willing and available to work overtime.
• Willing and able to travel in small boats
• Assume responsibility for making transportation arrangements to get to diverse and distant work sites in a timely and efficient manner.

Other information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency 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.

a) Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this selection process.

b) You are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of your choice.

c) For this selection process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the selection process.

d) Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

e) Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA's needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

f) During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the selection process.

g) For more information on how to apply to a CFIA selection process, please visit: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/cfia-jobs/how-to-apply/selection-process/eng/1340892280563/1340892421348.

h) You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the process.

i) Various assessment tools may be used in this staffing process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

j) All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

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

Contact information

Atlantic Staffing Team
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