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Health, Safety and Environment Advisors

City: Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, and St-John's

Organizational Unit: Health, Safety and Environment Branch 

Classification: AS-4 

Tenure: These are for three (3) continuing positions and one (1) 12-month term position.

  • Vancouver: Continuing
  • Montreal: Continuing
  • Halifax: Continuing
  • St-John's: 12 month term

Language Requirements: One (1) bilingual imperative CBC/CBC and three (3) English positions.

  • Vancouver: English
  • Montreal: Bilingual imperative CBC/CBC
  • Halifax: English
  • St-John's: English


An eligibility list may be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures.

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

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.

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

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 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 a Health, Safety and Environment Advisor, you will partner with your assigned clients in the research centres and corporate branches to expand upon 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 Advisor team members are supported by a strong operations group and risk area experts who will provide technical advice and guidance as required.

In all four locations (Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal-Royalmount and St.John’s), we are looking for an HSE Advisor 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, possess excellent organizational awareness coupled with demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of safety programs in settings such as laboratories, machine shops, high-capacity industrial equipment and electrical/engineering environments together with 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.

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


Candidates must possess:

  • Significant* experience providing HSE support in remote/rural worksites that are multi-faceted operations; 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 or 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 or workplace inspections, providing emergency response support, and/or participating in investigations following incidents and accidents.
  • Experience providing health & safety support in remote/rural worksites that are multi-faceted operations may be considered an asset.

*Significant experience is defined as more than 2 years of experience.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

One bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC and 3 English positions:

  • Vancouver: English
  • Montreal: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC
  • Halifax: English
  • St.John’s: English


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 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management Competencies - Conceptual thinking (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 $69,087 to $81,221 per annum. 


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


  • 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.
  • The incumbent may be asked to travel to other NRC sites.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (11881) to:


Telephone: 343-552-7798

Closing Date: 17 May 2021 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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