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Ministry of the Solicitor General
Public Safety Division
Any City
Job Term:
Permanent, Temporary
Job Code:
60704 - Agricultural Specialist 3
$1,192.72 - $1,500.51 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you highly motivated and excited about delivering superior public service in the area of Animal Welfare? Animal Welfare Services at the Ministry of the Solicitor General seeks professional, dedicated and passionate individuals from across the province of Ontario to objectively promote and enforce compliance with animal welfare legislative and regulatory requirements by conducting inspections and investigations on animal welfare cases reported in their designated area/region. Don't miss this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives and well-being of people and animals in Ontario!

AMENDED: Closing date has been extended to January 10, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

What can I expect to do in this role?

• Coordinate and conduct field inspection, compliance and enforcement activities of commercial and residential owners of animals under provincial and federal animal welfare statutes and regulations.
• Handle highly sensitive, urgent issues pertaining to the welfare of animals on short notice with a diverse set of stakeholders.
• Prepare reports, correspondence and case files for investigations and inspections.
• Provide testimony in Court proceedings.
• Deliver education and awareness activities related to animal health and welfare.
• Liaise and consult with a variety of stakeholders on animal welfare issues to identify needs and priorities, assess risks, propose solutions and recommendations for the development of appropriate policy and programs.
• Exhibit Ontario Public Service values in the work delivered.

Please note:
The position will be required to work extended and irregular hours with minimal or no notice, rotational after hours on call will be required to provide support to police services. There will be requirements for extended travel (sometimes on short notice) through the Province including remote areas.

How do I qualify?


For all positions:
• Ability to obtain and maintain Provincial Security Clearance and Provincial Offences Officer status.
• Valid G Ontario driver's license (or equivalent as recognized by the Province of Ontario) to travel to locations not accessible by public transit.

For designated positions only:
• Oral and written proficiency in French is required at the Advanced Plus Level.

Specialized knowledge and experience:

• You can demonstrate knowledge of the diverse aspects of animal welfare and protection, including the management processes, welfare practices, stakeholders involved, and federal/provincial statutes, legislative and regulatory frameworks as they relate to animal welfare inspections and enforcement.
• You can demonstrate knowledge of risks and priorities associated to animal welfare enforcement in commercial and residential environments and ability to mitigate risks and advance priorities.
• You have knowledge of and/or experience with behaviour and health of diverse animals and understanding of when removal is required.
• You have knowledge of animal welfare stakeholders and experience in engaging various audiences.
• Some of the vacancies will also require additional specialized knowledge of livestock, equine, zoos and aquariums.

Inspection, investigation, enforcement and compliance expertise:

• You understand and have the ability to apply all related statutes, regulations, policies, codes and standards associated with animal welfare to interpret and provide support, direction, technical and regulatory expertise to licenses/registrants, the agricultural sector, the public, complainants veterinarians and police.
• You have thorough knowledge of specialized investigative techniques, procedures, legislation and courtroom procedures to carry out investigations by gathering and interpreting evidence and making recommendations for follow-up (e.g. Criminal charges).
• You have knowledge of theories to gather evidence and interpret findings by examining available evidence, identifying potential tests for proving theories and providing testimony in Court.
• You have demonstrated knowledge of compliance and enforcement of multiple regulatory statutes/programs and overlapping authorities to provide clear interpretation and understanding of complex issues
• You have experience identifying situations of non-compliance and assessing the associated level of risk to determine appropriate corrective measures to achieve desired outcomes.
• You can accurately and objectively interpret, apply and enforce policies, procedures and legislation, and relay compliance-related information to others.

Communication, interpersonal and judgment skills:

• You have strong communication skills to explain and discuss interpretations of evidence and related legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines, and theories about the investigation, using appropriate judgement in communicating confidential and sensitive information, and providing testimony in Court.
• You have the interpersonal skills to persuade and ensure compliance with established methods, models and concepts of investigation.
• You have the ability to use tact, discretion and honesty when gathering, discussing and disclosing case-related information and evidence to the public or in the Courts.
• You have experience developing and maintaining harmonious relationships with internal and external clients, including those in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.
• You have the ability to identify potential conflicts, facilitate open and constructive dialogue, and proactively address and defuse potential issues.
• You adhere to OPS values when communicating with the public, stakeholders and colleagues.

Analytical, reasoning and problem solving skills:

• You have strong analytical and reasoning skills to conduct investigations, assessing and interpreting evidence, maintaining the integrity of the investigative file, evaluating investigative results and determining cause, analyzing the circumstances and issuing orders, laying charges and/or removing animals and make recommendations.
• You have the ability to review and evaluate statutes, policies, codes and standards and make recommendations/determine impact to related animal welfare programs and related sectors.
• You have the ability to assess issues quickly and with high degree of accuracy when responding to allegations of violations of the legislation/regulations and applying the appropriate tool (issuing orders, laying charges, removing animals etc) and notification to all relevant parties in a timely and accurate manner.
• You have the ability to assess issues and emerging trends, apply risk management analysis and prepare summary reports.

Organizational, planning and computer skills:

• You have superior computer skills to use Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) to prepare materials, correspondence, Crown Briefs and reports.
• You can maintain electronic and manual records and schedules, as well as utilize database systems to search, enter and obtain information
• You have time management and organizational skills to effectively manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
• You can manage your workload and ensure accurate and timely completion of reports and other products based on targets and priorities

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Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Inspections and Investigations
Posted on:
Friday, December 6, 2019
  • This ad is also available in French.
  • This competition will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to fill upcoming opportunities within the next eighteen months following the closing date of the job ad posting.
  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

    You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service).

    A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
  • N-SL-140732/19
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee's exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.
Remember: The deadline to apply is Friday, January 10, 2020 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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