Research Support Services Worker: Stream 1 - Greenhouse / Stream 2 - Field
Government of Canada
Morden, MB
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Morden (Manitoba)
GL-MAN-06
$25.21 to $27.39 per hour
For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Closing date: 1 March 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

Intent of the process
Stream 1: Senior Greenhouse Operations Worker
Stream 2: Senior Field Operations Worker

Immediate need:
  • Stream 1: Senior Greenhouse Operations Worker - 1 full time temporary position (18 month term).
  • Stream 2: Senior Field Operations Worker - 1 full time permanent position.
A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar permanent and temporary employment.

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: 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 an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.
Degree equivalency

Stream 1 only (Greenhouse):
  • Recent* and relevant** experience in plant care including pest management, plant maintenance and propagation.
Stream 2 only (Field):
  • Recent* and relevant** experience in the operation of plot scale (harvesters, seeders, sprayers) and/or farm equipment (eg tractors, combine, farm trucks).
  • Recent* and relevant** experience working with field crops and weed species.
  • Experience in processing seed (e.g. cleaning) and/or soil (e.g. collecting) samples.
  • Recent is defined as experience that was executed for approximately two years in the past five years.
**Relevant is defined as an experience gained at a commercial, research or institutional agricultural enterprise.

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

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS:
Both Streams:
  • Pesticide Applicator’s License issued by Manitoba for field application or greenhouse application.
  • Recent* and relevant** experience in working in an agricultural research environment.
Stream 1 only (Greenhouse):
  • Diploma or certificate in nursery and/or greenhouse production management, plant science or horticulture from a recognized agricultural education program.
  • Recent* and relevant** experience in the operation of environmental control systems.
  • Experience by way of training in greenhouse management or plant propagation.
Stream 2 only (Field):
  • Forklift Operator’s License issued by a provincially certified agency.
  • Recent is defined as experience that was executed for approximately two years in the past five years.
**Relevant is defined as an experience gained at a commercial, research or institutional agricultural enterprise.

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
  • Interactive Communication
Stream 1 only (Greenhouse):
  • 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 only (Field):
  • 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)
Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Operational Requirements:
Stream 1 only (Greenhouse):
  • Ability and willingness to work on rotating schedules for weekends.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • 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.
  • 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

ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

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 and/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.jobs.gc.ca.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

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
Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans