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Decontamination Technician

Reference number: AHS21J-023854-000016
Selection process number: 22-AHS-NMLB-EA-NCR-327456
Public Health Agency of Canada
Winnipeg (Manitoba)
$27.22 to $29.57 per hour

Closing date: 17 January 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing 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

***VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the responsibility of the candidate to clearly outline that they meet each of the screening criteria (i.e. Education and Experience Qualifications, both Essential and Assets) by RESPONDING TO THE SCREENING QUESTIONS IN THE ONLINE APPLICATION. Please note that it is not sufficient to only state that the requirement is met or to provide a listing of
current responsibilities, rather the candidate must provide concrete examples that illustrate how they meet the requirement. Lack of EXAMPLES and DETAILS may result in your application being rejected as the Assessment Board will have insufficient information to determine whether or not you meet the qualifications.


The Public Health Agency is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce that comprises individuals who have an array of identities, abilities, background, culture, skills, perspectives, and experiences that are representative of Canada’s current and evolving population. We are passionate about fostering a workplace where all people feel welcome, can reach their full potential, and contribute their unique perspectives and experience to the success of the team.


We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex (including gender identity and/or expression), national origin, sexual orientation, civil union or relationship status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other status protected under federal law.

Work environment

The Veterinary Technical Services Section at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg provides ethical and safe use of laboratory animals in the areas of animal housing, veterinary nursing care, performance of medical techniques, and support systems. This core service enables the research and diagnostic activities of the National Microbiology Laboratory. In accommodating the small animal procedures of client programs, the facility contributes to the development of knowledge and technologies that strengthen the capacity to detect and respond to infectious disease threats in Canada and internationally on a day-to-day basis or in an outbreak scenario. We are seeking an individual to fill the position of Decontamination Technician. You will be amongst a team of staff working at the forefront of science in Containment Level II & III Animal Facilities.

Intent of the process

This process will initially be used to staff one indeterminate position in Winnipeg (Manitoba). The result of this selection process will be to create a pool of qualified candidates from
which future permanent and/or temporary GS-BUS-05 vacancies at the Public Health Agency of Canada may be filled.

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)

A secondary school diploma or employer-approved alternatives (see Note ).

The employer-approved alternatives to a secondary school diploma are:
A satisfactory score on the Public Service Commission test approved as an alternative to a secondary school diploma; or
An acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Experience in professional cleaning environments such as hospitals, offices, industrial clients, nursing homes, and/or research laboratories.

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

Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing
Ability to safely sterilize glassware and dispose of broken items.
Ability to work in a labour intensive environment

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

Sterile Processing Technician Certificate or Medical Device Preprocessing Certificate.

Degree equivalency

Experience in decontamination and steam sterilization in a hospital or laboratory setting.
Experience deep cleaning public facilities or private residences
Experience in the disposal of biohazardous/infectious material

Knowledge of decontamination and steam sterilization processes
Knowledge and understanding of biosafety guidelines relating to containment level 2.

Ability to safely operate/maintain industrial equipment.

Must be physically able to safely repeatedly reach overhead, stand 4-6 hours/day, bend, stoop, and carry items weighing up to 20 kg for at least 15 feet.
Willing and able to wear Personal Protective Equipment such as scrubs, eye protection, gloves, and respiratory protection.
Willing and able to work in an environment that houses research animals.
Willing and able to participate in the Medical Surveillance Program (Occupational Health) which may require certain vaccinations and medical clearances to work in the animal facilities.

As per the Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. 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 (temporary), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

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

Various language requirements

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Secret Security Clearance
Medical Clearance
All employees of the core public administration 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

We will only accept on-line applications received via the Public Service Jobs site. Persons with disabilities or residing in locations that prevent them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

For this selection process, we 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.
Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

Proof of education will be requested if you are considered for a position. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/

Reference checks may be sought.
A written examination may be administered.
An interview may be administered.

Based on the hiring division's needs, additional essential qualifications, asset qualifications, organizational needs, operational requirements and/or conditions of employment may be identified and applied during the assessment and/or selection of candidates.

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

We may assess the essential and asset qualifications using interviews, written tests, reference or a combination of these methods.

Other sources of information (such as performance agreements, work samples, board member knowledge, etc.) may be used to assess the criteria identified on the Statement of Merit Criteria.

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent.

Are you ready to apply?

To apply for any position, you need to first create a profile in the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS), which should only take about 10 minutes. Then, after ensuring you meet the position requirements, scroll to the bottom of the poster and click on "Apply online."

Work your way through the list of requirements, completing each section and saving as you go. Before submitting your application, please ensure that there are green check marks on every single category before submitting your application.

If there are any red Xs on the categories, please click into that category and ensure that everything has been filled out. Screening questions have been built into the application process and occasionally an applicant may miss a field on the Screening Questions page. Please thoroughly review to ensure that you have responded to each question, including all the "Yes / No " questions.

PSRS will automatically disconnect candidates without warning after 60 minutes if there is no activity. You need to save or move to a new screen to maintain your connection. Typing information without saving does not prevent you from being disconnected. Applicants may find it helpful to first use a word processing software to complete their responses using concrete and detailed examples, then copy and paste the responses into PSRS afterwards."

If you have further questions on how to apply or experience technical difficulties with your application, please visit the following website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/publicservice-jobs/contact-us.htmI.

Give yourself the best chance to succeed! As the objective of this process is to assess qualifications needed for the position(s) to be staffed, let us know if you have a functional limitation/ disability, which may affect your performance. For example, contact us if you need assistance in completing and submitting your application. Should you then proceed to the next assessment stage, such as an exam or interview, we will send you an e-mail with additional information on the assessment format so that you can determine if you may require an accommodation (such as a different test format, an adaptive technology, or additional time). Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so candidates with functional limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities. You may also review jobs open to the public through INFOTEL at 1-800-645-5605. The INFOTEL number for persons using a TTY/TDD is 1-800-532-9397.

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


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

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