Plant Health Inspectors

Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Oliver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Oliver, Kelowna, Burnaby, Abbotsford, Surrey, Victoria, Parksville, and Prince Rupert, BC
Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified Period
$54,045 to $68,380 (Salary under review)

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

Closing date: 20 August 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada

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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

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

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.


Performing inspections and engaging in activities related to imports and exports, domestic production and/or movement of various goods under the Plant Health, Seed, & Fertilizer Programs. Conducting inspection-related activities such as reviewing standards, regulations and policies; completing reports and issuing government documents; reviewing compliance; communicating compliance-related issues with regulated parties; participating in investigations and providing clarification to consumers, industry, and other government departments and/or agencies on regulations and program policies.

Work environment

We offer a bilingual, 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:

Intent of the process

A qualified pool of candidates will be established. This pool of candidates may be used to staff positions with similar qualifications, with various language requirements, various conditions of employment and/or various tenures including term appointments, indeterminate appointment, acting appointments and/or assignments.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum)

Contact information for 2 references.

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

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.


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.

Acceptable specializations may include : Integrated Pest Management, Horticulture, Silviculture, Forestry, Botany, Crop Production, Agriculture and General Biology. For Agriculture and General Biology education you must state how your program (or components of) and/or specialization relates to Plant Health in the CFIA.

For current or previous employees of CFIA:
Completion of post-secondary education specializing in relevant technical sciences OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position.

Please refer to the link below for more information.

Degree equivalency



EE1: Recent* experience in plant health, including any of the following: horticulture, fertilizer, forestry, grain, seed, crop or pest programs.
EE2: Experience using computer software (word processing, email, and spreadsheets).

  • Recent is defined as having performed the duties within the last two (2) years.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


EC1: Oral Communication
EC2: Written Communication
EC3: Effective interpersonal relationships
EC4: Dependability
EC5: Judgment
EC6: Teamwork
EC7: Initiative
EC8: Ability to work independently

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.
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 to be transferred to another position.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Work in environmentally challenging/physically demanding conditions.
Other information

1. “The definition for post-secondary education for this opportunity includes: diplomas, applied degrees in an area of study in relevant technical sciences as listed under Essential Education.”

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

b) You must submit your application online through GC Jobs (

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:

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

i) Your ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed via the application.

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

k) 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.