Rural Engagement Specialist

Government of Alberta - Edmonton, AB
$5,607 - $7,350 a month
Job Information

Job Requisition ID: 9334

Ministry: Agriculture & Forestry

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time:

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Ongoing

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: April 15, 2021

Classification: Subsidiary 02B 3625 Program Services 4

About Us

The incumbent reports to the Assistant Farmers’ Advocate who reports to the Farmers’ Advocate for Alberta (FA) who reports directly to the Minister of AF.

The Mandate of the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) is to create value for rural Albertans by:
  • Empowering rural Albertans to understand their rights and ensuring they have access to resources that allow them to make informed decisions in respect to energy industry interaction on their property,
  • Represent rural Albertans perspective on matters of concern.


This position supports and provides dispute resolution of all types for agricultural issues relating to the delivery of the FAO’s programs and services in a complex and diverse industry. It is an industry with similar but competing interests. Leadership, diplomacy, and organizational skills are paramount to bringing parties together to find solutions. Coordination of multiple tasks and agendas is required.

Required to independently organize tasks, set priorities and respond appropriately to changing workloads and priorities.
Make all technical decisions on information packaging and communication vehicles.
Prepare all materials for differing audiences.

This position must gain cooperation with other areas within the Ministry to achieve ends in the midst of competing budgets and priorities. Must build and maintain effective relationships within landowners, government, stakeholders and within the FAO team.

This role has four components:

1. Dispute resolution, legislation, bylaw, appeal, policy and procedure advice and clarity for rural Albertans. Common legislation referenced includes but is not limited to Municipal Government Act, Surface Rights Act, Pipeline Act, Water Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, Farm Implement and Dealerships Act, Line Fence Act, Public Lands Act, Stray Animals Act. Provide effective and efficient possible resolutions for client issues. Demonstrate strong mediation, negotiation, communication, research and investigative skills. Demonstrate independent thinking and action to determine best solution to each unique issue.
2. Provides research, advice and consultation services to clients and FAO staff for client files. Issues scanning daily and identification through government and private online sources. This position also provides presentations, education, information and facilitation services either by phone, online or in person to Alberta rural landowners, municipalities, individuals or groups.
3. Provides administrative justice knowledge and support for both the Water Well Restoration or Replacement Program, nuisance and farm safety complaints under Part 1 of the Agricultural Operation Practices Act appeal programs delivered through the FAO.

Provides support in working with internal and external media to develop and deliver communication materials, information, tools and services for rural landowners and community groups. Includes development and management of all Ministerial Action Requests. Proactively develop and coordinate tools, programs, and trending issues to ensure the department and the general farming public is up to date and informed. This includes briefing the Minister and providing key messages and support materials on time sensitive agricultural concerns and issues. This position develops and coordinates educational sessions collaboratively with other government departments and jurisdictionally relevant agencies. This will include enhancing the annual report, signage, presentations, media interviews, media articles, social media, and the FAO website. Provide support (within the scope of the FAO) to the public information office of Agriculture and Forestry including media requests and interviews. This includes cooperation and coordination with other departmental communications.


University graduation in a related field plus 4 years with progressively responsible related experience. Experience in engagement process design is required. Experience with needs assessments and group facilitation is also required. Experience in a government environment is an asset. Equivalencies will be considered. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower classification and salary level.

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours 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. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies:

Systems Thinking- Understand how work contributes to the achievement of department goals and anticipates changes in own area and activities in other areas.

Creative Problem Solving- Applies strategic and critical thinking to research and assess policy alternatives that are practical and feasible approaches to meet local, provincial, national and international needs.

Agility- Able to anticipate, quickly adapt, take advantage of opportunities, and make effective decisions by proactively seeking out new opportunities.

Drive for Results- Take on multiple projects, prioritize work, produce high- quality work and complete tasks by established deadlines. Holds self and others responsible for achieving results and agreed upon targets.

Develop Networks- Consistently connect with colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders and ensure their needs are represented in decision-making.


$2,803.40 to $3,674.86 bi-weekly ($73,168 - $95,913 per annum)


Links and information on what the GoA has to offer to prospective employees.

  • Comprehensive benefits plan:
  • Pension plan:
  • Leadership and mentorship programs
  • Professional learning and development
  • Positive workplace culture and work-life balance
How To Apply

If you are not currently an employee with the Government of Alberta, the first step in applying for a job is creating your candidate profile within our online application system,

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Tips for applicants:

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

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, please contact Yulia Bulakh at e-mail: [email protected]

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