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Health Safety and Environment Advisor

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Health, Safety and Environment Branch 

Classification: AS-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

The National Research Council operates labs and research facilities across the country, each with its own unique challenges related to health, safety and environmental management.  NRC is involved with innovative research in transportation, engineering, life and medical sciences, and emerging technologies in computer science, electronics, astronomy and nanotechnology.  Each area presents a wide and exciting variety of health, safety and environment related aspects ranging from worker health and protection, to animal safety, biosafety, radiation safety, hazardous materials management, noise and air emissions, waste waters, species at risk, and the list goes on.

NRC’s Health, Safety and Environment Branch (HSE) proactively establishes, promotes and implements best practices in health, safety and environmental management. The HSE Branch provides enabling and support services to NRC’s Research & Development activities, assuring the health and safety of our employees, our neighbouring communities and our environment.

As an HSE Services Lead, you will partner with your assigned clients in the research centres and corporate branches to create a culture that works proactively to ensure the health and safety of employees, visitors, contractors, our neighbouring communities, and the environment.  You will be expected to develop a strong knowledge of your client’s business and their resulting challenges related to health, safety and environment stewardship so that you can effectively support implementation and monitor NRC’s occupational health, safety and environmental management policies and programs. The HSE Services Lead team members are supported by a strong operations group and risk area experts who will provide technical advice and guidance as required.

We are looking for a HSE Services Lead in Ottawa, Ontario to embrace the responsibility of supporting the clients in that location. To be successful in this client facing role, you will need to have strong interpersonal skills and the desire to learn about new clients, new policies and programs.  You will need to possess excellent organizational awareness coupled with demonstrated experience supporting work environments involved in the conduct of engineering or scientific research, as well as the required analytical skills to accomplish the required tasks.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Bachelor’s degree in science (chemistry, biology, biochemistry, environment), engineering, or industrial hygiene.

A Master’s degree in one of the disciplines listed above will be considered an asset.

Preference may be given to those with a professional certification in a field relevant to the position.

A combination of education and experience may be considered – see alternative section below.


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


Candidates must possess:

  • Significant experience working in research laboratory settings such as mechanical, electrical, electronics, materials, hazardous chemicals; AND


  • Experience working in a scientific, engineering and/or industrial work environment including experience supporting the implementation of environment, and/or health & safety related legislation, regulations, policies and/or programs. Ideally this would include experience such as performing risk assessments, preparing safe work procedures, conducting audits and workplace inspections, providing emergency response support, and/or participating in investigations following incidents and accidents.




  • Significant experience in providing support to business units with respect to the implementation of environment, and/or health & safety related legislation, regulations, policies and/or programs.  Ideally this would include experience such as performing risk assessments, preparing safe work procedures, conducting audits and workplace inspections, providing emergency response support, and/or participating in investigations following incidents and accidents; AND


  • Experience working in research laboratory settings such as mechanical, electrical, electronics, materials, hazardous chemicals.


This particular vacancy is embedded with our client, the NRC’s Aerospace Research Centre (ARC).  The NRC ARC supports a broad cross section of Aerospace Industry, other Government Departments, and Academia, by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in the aerospace field.  Demonstrated experience in workplace safety in a light industrial environment, specifically in an aerospace environment, including but not limited to workshop safety, hydraulic and mechanical systems, as well as pressure vessels will be considered an asset.


Candidates who possess relevant education in both the science/engineering field and the industrial hygiene field may be considered even if they don’t meet all the stated experience requirements.

Candidates who do not possess a significant level of experience but who have very relevant education and experience background may be considered.

NOTE:  These are not screening requirements, rather they replace the request for a cover letter.

In a few paragraphs (1 page maximum), concisely describe using concrete examples from current or previous positions:

  • your experience related to occupational health & safety and/or environmental management. 
  • your experience and knowledge related to the fields of science and/or engineering relevant to this position.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of at least one of the following areas:  the Canada Labour Code Part II and/or the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including applicable directives, standards and guidelines, and their related federal, provincial, and municipal regulations and policies.
  • Ability to interpret applicable environmental, health and safety legislation, relevant standards and/or accepted best practices.
  • Ability to synthesize multiple sources of information or summarize complex problems and present the subject in a concise written or oral briefing.
  • Ability to provide advice and guidance to clients.
  • Ability to lead teams and/or working groups.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

From $63,816 to $75,025 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.



  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.



As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.


Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (4501) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: 20 December 2018 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-11-22

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