Meat Inspector

Posting Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Airdrie, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title:  Meat Inspector (Casual – On Call)

Job Requisition ID: 36899

Ministry: Agriculture and Irrigation (AGI)

Location: Airdrie

Full or Part-Time: Casual

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Temporary - Wages

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open until suitable candidate is found

Classification: Subsidiary 12B 3625 Technologies 4

About Us

The Government of Alberta is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit:


The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation is responsible for the policies, legislation, regulations, programs, and services that enable Alberta’s agriculture and food sectors to flourish and contribute to Alberta’s economic recovery and growth. The ministry’s role is diverse, ranging from food safety and industry growth and diversification to increasing investment and supporting growth in rural Alberta. The ministry also supports foundational programs like irrigation and agricultural societies that help create strong rural communities and resilient agriculture sectors. For more information about the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation please visit our website at:

Trade, Investment and Food Safety Division (TIFS) The Trade, Investment and Food Safety Division expands and diversifies Alberta’s food and bio-product manufacturing sector in local and global markets while also providing effective food safety assurance systems. 


Want to make a difference in Albertan’s lives? Do you want to help contribute to the safety of meat that Albertans eat? 

If you answer yes to these questions then we want you!

The Food Safety Branch is currently looking for casual meat inspectors that can work on call (no guaranteed hours).

As a Meat Inspector, you will be responsible for providing slaughter inspection services at provincial abattoirs. 

Duties while performing kill floor inspection services will include: 

  • pre-operation inspection 
  • ante and post-mortem examination of animals
  • completion of time reporting and;
  • relevant inspection documentation

This position is a regulatory role and involves the onsite enforcement of provincial statutes administered by the Meat & Dairy Inspection Section (MDIS).

The Meat & Dairy Inspection Section (MDIS) is responsible for regulating: 115 red meat and poultry abattoirs, 110 mobile butchers and 48 mobile butcher facilities in Alberta. 

Join the Meat Inspectors Team and help play a role in maintaining Alberta's reputation for excellence in food safety! 


Two (2) year technical diploma in a related field, preferably in Animal Science, Animal Health Technology, or Food Safety/Food Science, and two (2) years of directly related meat inspection work experience.

Equivalencies maybe considered - directly related experience considered on the basis of: 
1 year of experience for 1 year of education.

Assets include: 

This work requires an understanding of:

  • animal diseases and pathology
  • humane handling and stunning requirements
  • sanitation practices
  • food safety control programs

You must be familiar with and have the ability to interpret:

  • Meat Inspection Act
  • Meat Inspection Regulation
  • Meat Facility Standards

Ability to use computer technology and computer applications is necessary in this role for the purposes of daily communication and the preparation of inspection reports/documentation.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process.

This link will assist you with understanding competencies:

If you haven’t included competency information in the “Role” section, you can include the critical competencies with examples of how they relate to the role being recruited to in this section; below is a list of the APS Competencies to assist you:

  • Agility - Ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities and work effectively in a changing environment
  • Drive for Results - will ensure that you remain focused on assuring legislation is met day to day and that documentation is completed and submitted in a manner that meets MDIS's operational requirements.
  • Build Collaborative Environments - Strong verbal communication, negotiation and conflict management skills are required as you work with individual abattoir operators and staff to ensure abattoir operator needs are met while meeting legislative requirements
  • Creative Problem Solving - is required as you apply sound knowledge of risk assessment and compliance principles to take an appropriate situation specific approach to problems.


$31.29 to $40.98 / hour


Position Information: 

  • Office located in Airdrie
  • This is an on call position – there are no guaranteed hours and days of work vary week to week, often with short notice. 
  • Extended working hours and/or travel may be required to complete assigned field work
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license with a clean abstract is required.
  • Ability to work under varying site conditions including, inclement weather conditions and wet surface areas/environments
  • PPE will be provided

How To Apply

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Closing Statement

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies, across the Government of Alberta, at the same or lower classification level.

We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' qualifications most closely match the advertised requirements. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

If you require any further information on this job posting or a copy of the role profile, and/or require a disability related accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact Karen Jackman at

If this competition is closed as per the closing date noted above, please continue to check for a listing of current career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.