Health Safety and Environment Advisor

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Health, Safety and Environment Branch 

Classification: AS-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 


  • Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • Pool will be created

Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.


NOTE: This position is being re-posted, if you had previously applied, there is no need to re-apply. 

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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.


We are looking for a Health Safety and Environment Advisor to support our Health, Safety and Environment Branch (HSE). The Health Safety and Environment Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Your primary responsibilities:

  • Advising, promoting and coaching management and employees on relevant HSE work standards, tools, practices, procedures, and regulations;
  • Partnering with Site/Client for the application and implementation of the Hazard prevention program;
  • Assisting with hazardous occurrence incident investigations, identification of causes and appropriate measures;
  • Participating in the development of the site's/clients’ HSE strategy and setting of pertinent goals and action plans;
  • Working with clients to identify adequate HSE resources (outsourced training or services) and required PPE for the specific tasks;
  • Actively participating in operational and group meetings, townhalls, committees as required.


What we are looking for:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to learn about new clients, new policies and programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of safety programs in mostly industrial or research environments;
  • Fine tuned analytical and communication skills. 


Your work environment:

  • NRC is involved with innovative research in transportation, engineering, life and medical sciences, and emerging technologies in computer science, electronics, astronomy and nanotechnology each with its own unique HSE challenges!
  • Each research area presents a variety of 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 HSE Branch works in collaboration with the research centres to proactively establish, promote and implement best practices in HSE management enabling the health and safety of our employees, our neighbouring communities and the protection of our environment!
  • You will partner with your assigned clients in the research centres and corporate branches to expand upon a HSE culture that works proactively.


Why work with us?

  • Immersion in a world of research and innovation
  • Canada’s success in the innovation ecosystem
  • Passion combined with purpose 
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • A diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace
  • Work-life balance options
  • Learning and professional development opportunities
  • Competitive benefits such as:
    • Comprehensive health and dental plans
    • Equitable vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements
    • Exhaustive disability insurance and pension plans

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.


Equivalent level of training, knowledge and experience may be considered (as an alternate to the above).


Assets but not a requirement: 

  • OSH or Environmental certification or diploma
  • CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) certification 

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


  • Significant* experience providing guidance, advice and support in relation to occupational health, safety and environment in multi-faceted work operations.
  • Experience working in a scientific, engineering and/or industrial work environment, supporting the implementation of health & safety related regulations, policies and programs. This includes experience performing risk assessments, preparing safe work procedures, conducting audits or workplace inspections, providing emergency response support, and-participating in investigations following incidents and accidents.
  • Experience in the implementation of HSE programs.

Significant is defined as at least 3 years of experience.


Asset but not a requirement:  Experience in the development of HSE programs.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Must be able to work in a physical environment requiring manual dexterity, crouching, bending and handling heavy and bulky objects.


Must wear protective equipment when needed.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the Canada Labour Code Part II and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including their associated legislation and regulations.
  • Ability to interpret applicable 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.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


View all competency profiles


Rates under review


From $69,087 to $81,221 per annum. 



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



NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans.

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 


Help us solve problems for Canada. Grow your career with us today!


  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • To ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates must provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (21664) to:


Telephone: 343-550-0290

Closing Date:  26 May 2024 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.