• 25-Jan-2018 to 19-Apr-2018 (EST)
  • Burlington, ON, CAN
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Canine Security Specialist " Job Posting


A.S.P. Incorporated is powered by our people. A team unlike any other within the security industry. We embrace change, challenge and client expectations. We continuously implement new strategies and strive for an environment which creates a culture of constant improvement.

A.S.P. Incorporated has provided security and concierge services for over 17 years to clients in Ontario and Alberta. We currently employ in excess of 1000 guards company wide.

Our integrity as a service provider helps ensure we honour all our commitments to our Clients which have given us the honour to provide service to them. A.S.P. Incorporated has the experience, dedication, organization, intellectual capital and fiscal strength to offer a complete turnkey service. We will continue to raise the bar, because at A.S.P., "Security Matters".

Position Summary

As a Canine Security Specialist, you will respond to security calls primarily for explosive detection in accordance with legislative requirements as well as provision of subject matter expert knowledge relative to explosives.  Scenarios may include but not limited to unattended items, unattended and attended vehicles, curious items, facility sweeps and threats which have a connection to explosives, and/or bombs of any sort. 

Additionally, you will conduct facility security patrols, including foot patrols in public spaces, sweeps of designated areas within the facilities relative to identified risks or legislated requirements, on-duty care and maintenance of equipment which may include up to two canine explosive detection dog.  You will participate in security and operational briefings as well as team hand-over briefings.

Other duties include but are not limited to the following; the completion of incident reports, monthly reports, training logs, unit projects, maintaining a high level of knowledge relative to explosives, explosive devices and current terrorist threats through the use of improvised explosive devices. Other functions may include from time to time public relations activities such as providing training lectures and participation in community engagement functions.

Legislative Requirements:                                

  • Be able to gain and maintain Security Clearance Level II Confidential.
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident living five (5) or more years in Canada.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or post-secondary degree/diploma.
  • Successful completion of Explosive Familiarization & Safe Handling Course.
  • If required successful completion of the internal Explosives Detector Dog and Handler Course.
  • Validation yearly to Standards of above course.
  • Obtain or maintain current certificates in Basic First Aid and CPR and canine first aid if required.
  • Dangerous Goods/Transportation of Dangerous Goods.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Ontario Driver's License, with a Full 'G' endorsement.
  • Must possess a valid and maintain a valid Security Guards License.

Experience required:

  • Experience in canine handling or working with animals.
  • Previous Police or Military Experience an asset.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Working Knowledge and Understanding of Authorities under Federal & Provincial Statutes, particularly those involving Aerodrome Security, explosives, and dangerous goods.
  • Knowledge of a variety of explosives, the use of explosive devices and the exploitation of explosive devices in unlawful acts of interference to civil aviation.
  • Knowledge of aviation security tactics, the history of aviation terrorism and attacks.  Must maintain knowledge of current and emerging threats to civil aviation with a concentration on threats posed by improvised explosive device.
  • Knowledge of Canine handling protocols and procedures if required.
  • Highly proficient in ability to recognize, interpret and formulate solid conclusions using a variety of explosives detection tools which may include; explosive detector dog, explosive vapour detection units, and other forms of technology as may be employed from time to time. Ability to recognize and understand the abilities and limitations in a given situation of each of their available detection tools and employ them appropriately.
  • Proficiency in use of personal computer and related software including MS Office suite.
  • Proficiency in Hand Search Techniques & recognition of risk factors.
  • Analytical Skills to identify potential risk/threat situation on a call-by-call basis.
  • Ability to maintain controlled demeanour & presence under pressure.
  • Physical ability to effectively work and handle up to two canines when so assigned which would include having a solid understanding and recognition of Canine physiology, health and wellbeing including an ability to recognize and seek professional medical care of canine maladies in early stages and where required have the ability to perform emergency canine First Aid if required.
  • Ability to maintain constant state of readiness and awareness of surrounding contributing factors.
  • Ability to form clear, concise, fact based decisions independently.
  • Ability to be self-motivated & perform duties with minimal or no supervision.
  • Self-motivated to train with a purpose & goals oriented focus on daily basis.
  • Ability to successfully complete regular training and canine validation on a yearly basis as required.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • A Canine Security Specialist must be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills, conflict resolutions skills, teamwork, problem solving skills, dependability, sound judgment, and possess the ability to respond quickly and calmly in pressure situations. They must have the ability to communicate and diffuse any possible hostile situations and the ability to prioritize when faced with multiple response requests.
  • A Canine Security Specialist must have the ability to gain respect, cooperation, trust and confidence of all partners, airport stakeholders and outside agencies relating to their job-specific situations.
  • A Canine Security Specialist must project a professional, positive, attitude and image as a uniformed security presence at the aerodrome.
  • A Canine Security Specialist must be receptive to input from others.
  • They must be able to provide and convey effective and relevant training to employees, stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies.
  • From time to time they must be able to convey in an informative manner, information to the public through demonstrations and presentations.
  • They must be able to work as a team member providing input utilizing their job-specific knowledge and skills when called upon to support the Threat/Risk Assessment process.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to walk and carry the requisite equipment.
  • Canine Security Specialist work independently to identify potential explosive threats to facilities.  They must possess the ability to quickly analyze each problem in a thorough, objective manner, and be aware of the urgency/time sensitivity associated to each call.
  • Must be able to work shifts and be available 24/7 for emergencies. Shift work is required. Work schedule also includes nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to respond on an on-call basis with in 1 hour.
  • Officers are required to operate in various facilities
  • Duties require exposure to all weather conditions and an officer may be required to work in extremes of heat & humidity or cold weather for periods during their shifts
  • When so assigned, responsible for the care and maintenance of their assigned canines on a 24/7 basis while at work and while off duty at home.  This includes time spent with the canines during time off exercising, maintaining and caring for the animals.

Important Notes:

  • Successful candidates must have a valid passport and be able to travel on short notice for training purposes.
  • Candidates must have their own reliable vehicle suitable to transport the canines to and from the workplace.
  • Candidate must have and be able to provide proof of a clear driver's abstract.
  • Candidates must have a clear criminal record and provide proof of such from a local police agency.
  • Candidates must reside in a dwelling suitable for up to two working canines, with the ability to have outdoor kennel(s) constructed.


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