Canada nationals: Environmental Specialist (Governance and Partnerships)

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Yellowknife, NU, CA

Work environment

Why choose Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)? Contribute to CIRNAC’s interesting and unique mandate by playing a role in supporting a renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Leave your mark on Canadian history, as you work with a team that is leading the government’s work in the North. Join a workplace committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. You can’t find this type of experience anywhere else.

Intent of the process

The purpose of this process is to staff one (1) position on a full-time basis in Yellowknife, NT.

It may also be used to staff similar positions with various tenures (deployment, assignment, secondment, acting, term or Indeterminate) within Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) with various security requirements (reliability or secret).

By default, and in the interest of the greater public service, pools created as a result of staffing processes at CIRNAC will be shared with other government departments.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 500 words (maximum) “The cover letter should be no more than 500 words and will be used to assess Communication – Written.”

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


• Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental engineering, geology, chemistry, biology, or other science or applied science directly relevant to the position.

Degree equivalency


• E1 – Significant* and recent** experience conducting or managing environmental projects involving two or more of the following disciplines :
o E1(a) – Phased environmental site assessments and remediation.
o E1(b) – Human health and/or ecological risk assessment.
o E1(c) – Environmental compliance programs (e.g. regulatory, conformance, environmental management systems development and implementation, air quality/water quality).
o E1(d) – Environmental permitting, compliance and/or assessment related to regulatory processes.
o E1(e) – Petroleum storage tank management projects (assessments, design and implementation).

• E2 – Significant* and recent** experience in managing client relations.

• E3 – Experience in providing strategic and expert technical advice on environmental issues including environmental compliance for real property.

• E4 – Significant* and recent** experience in project management in the environmental field (e.g. scope development, terms of reference preparation, schedule development, contract management, budget tracking and control, work team management, and/or acceptance of deliverables).

*Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of experience associated with the performance of a broad range of related activities which were primarily the candidate’s responsibility. It will be assessed on the basis of scope, complexity and the diversity of the work performed as well as the autonomy required of the candidate to perform the activities. This level of experience is normally achieved through the performance of relevant duties for a period of at least two (2) years.

**Recent experience is defined as experience acquired in the last five (5) years.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements


• C1 – Values and Ethics – serving through integrity and respect.

• C2 – Thinking things through – innovating through analysis and ideas.

• C3 – Engagement – working effectively with people, organizations, partners.

• C4 – Excellence through results – delivering through own work, relationships and responsibilities, and paying attention to detail.


• A1 – Ability to negotiate and resolve disputes.

• A2 – Ability to communicate effectively orally.

• A3 – Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

• A4 – Ability to provide strategic and expert technical advice on environmental issues including environmental compliance for real property.

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


• AQ1 – Certification as a Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP).

• AQ2 – Graduation with a post-graduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in environmental studies or other fields directly related to the position.

Degree equivalency


• AQ3 – Experience in the management of assessment and/or remediation of contaminated sites projects in remote locations.

• AQ4 – Experience conducting public consultation or Indigenous consultation sessions or programs.

• AQ5 – Experience with projects related to the assessment of renewable energy options, greenhouse gas reduction options, or climate change resilience for structures/properties.

• AQ6 – Recent** experience in environmental permitting with the NWT and/or NU that involved all aspects of the process, beginning with the initial contact to the final follow through of receipt of the required permit.

**Recent experience is defined as experience acquired in the last five (5) years.


Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population it serves. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment goals for Aboriginal peoples, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application indicate that they are an Aboriginal person (self-declaration).

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Must be willing and able to travel by road and/or air.

Must be willing to access and work in industrial settings and/or active construction sites.

Must be willing and able to work overtime as required.

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

1. You will be required to complete an online questionnaire when you apply. You must respond to all statements in all categories in order to proceed to the next steps. You must indicate “NO” if you do not have experience in performing a task related to a specific field.

2. All applications must be submitted online through the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS). Do not email, fax or mail in applications, as these may not be accepted.

3. 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.

4. Candidates are strongly encouraged to indicate if they meet any of the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed. Meeting one or many of the asset qualifications may be a deciding factor in appointing a particular candidate amongst the qualified candidates. Please note that one, some or all of the asset qualifications could be used at any stage of the staffing process.

5. Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the candidate’s responsibility 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).

6. A variety of assessment tools may be used in the assessment of candidates, such as: * written test, practical test, situational exercise, * oral interview, simulation, presentation, role-play, work samples, performance appraisals and/or * reference checks. Some assessment tools may be administered electronically, others, in-person. (* Indicates those tools that will most likely be used in this process.)

7. Online assessments may be scheduled and applicants will be invited to participate in these assessments via email. Applicants MUST make themselves available within the time span of the testing phase. The written/online exam MAY be administered outside of regular working hours including evenings and weekends.

8. If you are unavailable for the scheduled assessment session, you must inform us immediately. Applicants will be only be rescheduled on a case-by-case basis. Supporting documentation may be required at the time of your request to be re-scheduled.

9. Applicants are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of their choice and are required to indicate their preferred official language in their application profile.

10. NOTE: The PSRS system will time out after 60 minutes which may result in your inability to save your work or loss of data. It is recommended that you draft all responses as well as your CV/résumé in another document on your PC that can be saved (e.g. in MS Word or WordPerfect) and copy/paste into the PSRS system when completed. CIRNAC is not responsible for system problems, which may result in loss or data and/or incomplete or non-submitted applications.

11. CIRNAC is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise CIRNAC in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

12. Depending on the number of applicants, CIRNAC needs and HR plans, volume management strategies such as random selection, application of one (1) or more assets, top-down approach, and/or cut-off scores MAY be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates.

13. Candidates invited to the assessment stage will be required to provide ORIGINAL proof of their education credentials, i.e., their degree or official transcript. Failure to do so may result in you not being considered further in the selection process.

14. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at


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

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

Contact information

Michael Roesch, A/Director, Governance and PartnershipsLaura Henderson – Human Resources Advisor
[email protected][email protected]





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