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Research Assistant - Plant Biology

Reference number: AGR22J-045795-000098
Selection process number: 22-AGR-ATL-EA-STB-012508
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Kentville (Nova Scotia)
Permanent Full-Time
$63,720 to $77,523

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Closing date: 23 August 2022 - 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

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.


Duties for the incumbent under the direction of the research scientist will include the following:
• Conduct experiments related to remote sensing and plant physiology.
• Collect, prepare, and analyze samples in support of ongoing research projects.
• Collect, analyze and interpret ground and aerial based imaging data.
• Adapt protocols for measurements to address research questions.
• Develop and implement software pipelines and tools.
• Participate in the design and implementation of research experiments by advising on the effective use equipment and assisting in the interpretation of research data and record-keeping.
• Liaise with AAFC staff, service and sales representatives when research analyses are out-sourced, to ensure accuracy and consistency of results.
• Assist in the coordination of summer students and graduate student activities.

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: 1 full-time permanent position.

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 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

Your résumé.

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

Graduation with a degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in remote sensing, geographic information systems, precision agronomy, plant physiology or in another relevant field.

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 collecting and analyzing satellite, aerial or ground-based digital images.
Experience in the collection of plant or soil parameters.
Experience using mapping and analytics software (e.g. ArcGIS, ENVI or PCI).
Experience in conducting research activities in laboratory or greenhouse.
Experience in managing crops.

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 from a recognized post-secondary institution in remote sensing, geographic information systems, precision agronomy, plant physiology or in another relevant field.

Obtained a Pilot Certificate - Advanced Operations.

Degree equivalency

Experience in piloting unmanned aerial vehicles (e.g. drones).
Experience in using statistical software (e.g. R).

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of remote sensing in agriculture.
Knowledge of physiological mechanisms and traits that influence yield and yield quality.

Interactive communication
Planning and organizing

Ability to maintain good records of activities and archives.

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

Ability to trouble-shoot anomalies in equipment and remote sensing data.

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

• Willingness to work overtime when situations require during the crop season.
• Possession of a valid, class 5 Nova Scotia driver’s license, or other provincial/territorial equivalency.
• Ability and willingness to travel.
• Ability and willingness to work in laboratory, greenhouse, and field environments for extended periods of time with appropriate safety precautions in place.
• Ability and willingness to work outdoors under variable weather conditions.
• Ability and willingness to work with hazardous materials under normal safety precautions.
• Ability and willingness to lift boxes and equipment up to 20 kg.
• Ability and willingness to stand for extended periods of time on concrete floor and walk through uneven ground in orchards, vineyards and fields.
• Ability and willingness to work in field requiring bending or squatting to pick samples from plants or from the ground.
• Ability and willingness to obtain and maintain a valid pilot’s license to fly unmanned aerial vehicles.

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

Céline Doucet, Human Resources Advisor
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