Why we do it
Top 5 Reasons to Pursue a Career with AAFC
Interesting and Challenging Work
With employees across Canada and abroad, AAFC is a dynamic place to work with many challenging and rewarding career options.
The agriculture and agri-food sector represents over 8% of Canada's Gross Domestic Product and provides jobs for over 10% of the Canadian labour market.
AAFC is responsible for a prosperous agriculture and agri-food industry. Success in agriculture and agri-food makes Canada competitive internationally and contributes to a strong Canadian economy. It makes us renowned for our innovative approaches to food quality and security and contributes to the health of Canadians and the environment.
To be successful in planning and delivering service to Canadians, we need experts in a variety of disciplines, such as economics, political science, public and business administration, biology and chemistry, who can use their knowledge and expertise to set a course for the agriculture and agri-food industry.
Like any business, AAFC also needs experts in finance, human resource management, information technology, communications and many other professions to make operations run smoothly. There is something for everyone at AAFC!
Domestic and International Opportunities
Whether you are working at AAFC's headquarters in the National Capital Region, one of our 170 regional offices across Canada, or abroad, you'll contribute to the future of a nation and even make a difference in the world. As one of the key global economic forces, the agriculture and agri-food industry provides international marketing and trade opportunities - and AAFC is part of it. In partnering with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, AAFC employees are eligible to apply for foreign postings as Agri-Food Trade Specialists.
Competitive Pay, Comprehensive Benefits Package and Pension Plan
Pay and benefits are important elements when deciding where to work. As members of the federal Public Service, AAFC employees enjoy competitive salaries, an attractive pension plan and a comprehensive benefits package with leave benefits including annual, bereavement, personal, maternity and parental leave, travel entitlements and medical/dental coverage. The federal government is also committed to providing a safe, secure and healthy workplace for its employees.
It's important to balance work and home lives. That's why the federal Public Service, including AAFC, offers possibilities for flexible hours, compressed work weeks and alternative work arrangements. There are also opportunities to take extended leave to further your education, stay home with young children or support aging parents.
Supportive and Encouraging Learning Environment
The opportunity to learn is an important factor for career growth and development. AAFC offers access to a variety of learning opportunities. You'll find experiences and programs that will encourage learning and help you build a successful career. On-the-job training, in the form of coaching or mentoring, regular feedback from your manager, conferences and workshops are just some examples of how you can continue your development at AAFC.