AIS Watercraft Inspector

Posting Date: Jun 9, 2024

Location: Various Locations, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information
Job Title: AIS Watercraft Inspector 
Job Requisition ID: 53564
Ministry: Environment and Protected Areas
Location: Cold Lake, Vermillion
Full or Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Wages – Up to 6 months 
Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: Open Unil suitable candidate is found
Classification: Natural Resources 3
Salary: ​$23.63 to $29.10

Wage Benefits:
•    Wage employees receive 11.2% in addition to regular wage earnings in lieu of benefits and vacation leave. 

•    5.2 percent of regular wage earnings instead of paid holidays.

•    6 percent of regular wage earnings instead of annual vacation pay. 

•    Weekend shifts are eligible for a premium of $3.25 per hour.

•    Evening shifts are eligible for a premium of $2.75 per hour.

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:

We support Albertans in being proud stewards of air, land, water, and biodiversity by leading the work required for desired environmental outcomes and sustainable development of natural resources.

For more information about the Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas, please visit our website at:

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program
The AIS Program is a province-wide program that helps prevent the introduction and spread of AIS into Alberta's lakes, rivers, and across borders. Watercraft inspections are part of a larger province-wide AIS Program that includes monitoring, response planning, education campaigns, and policy. The Watercraft Inspections Decontamination K9 Program is focused primarily along major highways in Alberta, where it is mandatory for all vehicles transporting watercraft to stop at open inspection stations.

For more information about Aquatic Invasive Species, please visit our website at:,established%20outside%20their%20natural%20range

Role Responsibilities

We have several exciting opportunities to join the AIS program for the 2024 watercraft inspection season. If you are comfortable approaching new people, can handle pressure well, are able to work outdoors for long hours and enjoy working with the public, this may be the job for you!

As an AIS Watercraft Inspector, your duties will include:
•    Interviewing watercraft owners to determine the risk the conveyance poses to Alberta’s waterbodies.
•    Thoroughly inspecting the interior and exterior of various types of watercrafts for the presence of AIS
•    Educating the public about the threat of AIS, particularly invasive mussels.
•    Communicating with and providing “Clean Drain Dry” outreach materials to the public with the aim to change boater behavior and reduce the spread of AIS.  
•    Towing and backing up trailers, and operating a high-pressure hot water decontamination unit for cleaning boats
•    As an appointed Fishery Guardian, issuing Quarantine Orders for AIS fouled or suspected fouled watercraft.

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:

•    CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: ability to assess options and implications for troubleshooting technical problems and to inform decisions regarding watercraft quarantine.

•    BUILD COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS: that contribute to the conditions and environments that allow people to work collaboratively and productively to achieve desired outcomes of the campaign.  Proven ability to engage people in conversations while educating the public on the province’s AIS program and the threat of the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and other invaders.

•    AGILITY: demonstrates ability to anticipate, assess, and readily adapt to changing priorities and effectively work in a changing environment. The ability to work in other stations and under variable environmental conditions is required.

•    DRIVE FOR RESULTS: must be self-motivated and highly organized to work without daily supervision and successfully deliver this component of the AIS program.


For an NR3 the minimum recruitment standards that are Required:
•   High school diploma plus some related experience (i.e. up to 12 months).
•   Valid Driver’s License (Class 5) 
•   Current First Aid certification (CPR Level C)

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered based on:
•    1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or
•    1 year of experience for 1 year education

•    Experience conducting maintenance on small equipment, such as pressure washers and pumps.
•    Watercraft knowledge gained through boating or other experience.
•    Experience with or demonstrated training in aquatic invasive species inspections and/or prevention. 
•    Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict and high-pressure environments.

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 
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There are multiple positions available with 36.25 hours per week.

Final candidates must be able to pass federal enhanced reliability security screening.

Please identify your preferred location in your cover letter.

Sites will be on major highways, and locations could include:

•    Cold Lake
•    Vermilion

Sites will be assigned according to staff seniority and station preference.

Please note that in order to work with the boating public and accommodate high traffic times and seasons, you will be required to work a flexible schedule that includes travel, shift and weekend work, potentially throughout the spring and into late fall. The Coutts and Dunmore inspection stations operate 20-24 hours a day. As such, employees at these locations will be regularly required to work overnight shifts.

All chosen candidates will be required to successfully complete mandatory training. Training is tentatively scheduled for May 2nd – May 9th, 2024.

Length of employment is dependent upon program budget and the station selected. Some positions may be required from April 1st through October 31st, 2023. These positions may be used to fill future vacancies across the Government of Alberta, at equal or lower classification and salary.

In your resume, please include dates (including months and years) associated with all education and work experience. Please also indicate if your work was full-time, part-time, or contract.

How To Apply
Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements, including education, experience, and relevant examples of required competencies.

Candidates are required to apply for a job online. Please visit for more information. Please visit Recruitment Principles, for more information.

It is recommended applicants who have completed post-secondary studies from outside of Canada obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)( or from a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information (

It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

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, please contact Alba Ngjelo at