ASB Unit Manager - Government of Alberta




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Posting Date: May 12, 2023

Location: Edmonton Area, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: ASB Unit Manager 

Job Requisition ID: 42471

Ministry: Agriculture and Irrigation

Location: Edmonton Area

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: May 23, 2023

Classification: Management Manager Zone 2

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: 

The Crop Assurance Section deals with a wide range of diverse and rapidly evolving issues, projects, and programs that directly impact Alberta's agriculture and food sectors. 


The role of the ASB Unit Manager in the Crop Assurance Section is to provide leadership for Agricultural Service Board Act (ASB) Act, ASB programs and projects. The ASB program is crucial for Alberta, as ASBs with support from municipal agricultural fieldmen serve as the regulatory arm for the ASB Act, Weed Control Act, Agricultural Pest Act, Soil Conservation Act, and Animal Health Act within the department.

In this position, you will play a key role in overseeing program delivery, leading teams, fostering and maintaining partnerships both internally and externally with the Ministry, and effectively managing issues with a strategic approach. 

As the Manager, you must be prepared to leverage your comprehensive knowledge to support strategic initiatives and programs that align with the Ministry's and industry's needs. This position entails addressing a broad array of unique and complex challenges and opportunities, often requiring extensive analysis, evaluation, and judgment. This includes responding to ASB resolutions and/or emerging issues raised by ASBs. Additionally, the program encompasses various rural municipalities with differing perspectives and objectives, necessitating the ability to navigate these diverse positions and address a wide spectrum of issues.


University graduation in a related field preferably in Agriculture or Biology or related field with five (5) years experience, including at least 2 years of management experience; 

Equivalency: Directly related education or experience considered on the basis of: 

  • 1 year of education for 1 year of experience; or 
  • 1 year of experience for 1 year of education

Additional Requirements:

  • Eligible for Professional Agrologist or Professional Biologist


  • Proficient understanding of financial processes and practices related to budgeting and procurement, including contracts and grants.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program initiation and development.
  • Strong experience and knowledge in policy development.
  • Extensive familiarity with the agriculture industry, farming/ranching, and invasive species, as well as collaborating with municipal stakeholders.
  • Extensive track record and comfort in traveling across rural Alberta under various weather conditions and engaging with rural Albertans in remote locations.
  • Extensive experience in creating compelling presentations and delivering speeches to large audiences.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead and manage staff, project teams, and incorporate diverse input into program development.
  • Comprehension of Ministry Business/Strategic Plans and possessing political acumen.
  • Working knowledge and experience with relevant Government of Alberta (GOA) legislation, particularly the ASB Act, the Weed Control Act, the Agricultural Pest Act, and the Soil Conservation Act.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.

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:

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following APS Competencies:

  • Agility 
  • Drive for Results 
  • Build Collaborative Environments 
  • Develop Networks 
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving


$3,100.80 to $4,172.77 bi-weekly. ($80,930 - $108,909 / year)


Position Information: 

  • Office located in Edmonton Area
  • Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week (permanent full time)
  • Monday to Friday (08:15 am-16:30 pm) 
  • Evening and weekend work is sometimes required  

Additional Applicant Information:

Instructions for your Resume:

For Employment Experience:

Please indicate duration of employment (month, year)
Ex: Youth Worker, Jan 2006 - June 2009, Part-time (three, 8 hour shifts per week)

For any Post-Secondary Education:
Please specify your major and length of the program
Please specify the year of graduation
Ex: Bachelor of Social Work, 4-year Degree (Graduated 2017)

What we offer: 

How To Apply

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Resources for applicants:

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 recognized Canadian Credential Evaluator; please visit the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada for more information.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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