Plant Biology Research Technician
Selection process number: 23-AGR-ATL-EA-STB-32598
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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.
• Carries out and conducts agricultural research activities under a variety of lab and field conditions to evaluate crop production best management practices.
• Contributes to the development of new knowledge and technology in crop production.
• Organize experiments and assist in planning and troubleshooting including troubleshooting of equipment.
• Collect and analyze data, interpret results, and assist in the preparation of reports.
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: 1 full-time permanent need.
A pool of qualified and partially qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions with various tenures as well as various linguistic requirements.
In the event that an employee of the public service is qualified through this process, and there is a temporary need, he/she may be considered for acting, deployment, assignment or secondment opportunities.
Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
Successful completion of a diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution specializing in agricultural science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, or another related discipline; OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience for the position.
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).
-Experience in conducting laboratory and field experiments.
-Experience in operating basic farm machinery and basic laboratory equipment.
-Experience collecting and analyzing soil and plant samples.
If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, with acceptable specialization in agriculture, biology, chemistry, environmental science or other science relevant field to the position.
-Experience providing technical support for projects in a field and laboratory environment.
-Experience in trouble-shooting scientific equipment or field monitoring equipment.
-Experience applying agrochemicals to research field plots.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
-Knowledge of plant biology, pest management, and agronomy.
-Knowledge of good sampling practices for plant and environmental samples.
-Knowledge of safe work practices in the laboratory and field settings.
-Planning and Organizing
-Ability to plan and execute experimental protocols and keep accurate and detailed experimental records.
-Ability to compile data, conduct basic data analysis and summarize results as outlined in an experimental protocol.
The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)
-Knowledge of weed identification.
-Knowledge of plant disease identification.
-Ability to use computer software for spreadsheets and analyzing data.
-Ability to prepare chemical solutions.
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.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance
Possession of a valid class 5 Prince Edward Island driver’s license.
Ability and willingness to obtain a valid PEI Pesticide Applicator’s Certificate.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Ability and willingness to work in the field under variable weather and field conditions.
Ability and willingness to work overtime (including evenings and weekends).
Ability and willingness to perform physically demanding work activities including moderate to heavy manual labour requiring bending and lifting objects (up to 20 kg).
Ability and willingness to work where there is a potential exposure to agrochemicals, toxic laboratory reagents and other allergens.
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.
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.
APPLICATION & CORRESPONDENCE INFORMATION
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.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
|Christiane Langis Boudreau - Human Resources Specialist Coordinator|
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