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Relief Sheriff's Officer

Job Summary

Location: Hay River
Department: Justice
Job ID: 24411
Wage: $40.91 - $48.86
Employment Type: On Demand, Regular
Closing Date: Open until filled

Limited Competition

This job opening is limited to residents living within 40 kilometres driving distance of Hay River.

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

Located in Hay River and reporting to the Manager, Sheriff's Services, the Relief Sheriff's Officer provides security and civil enforcement services for Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Territorial Court, and Justice of the Peace Court. The Relief Sheriff's Officer provides court and building security, exercises statutory authority in accepting and processing documents, administers the jury management system, and trains and guides bailiffs. This position holds the following statutory appointments: Deputy Sheriff, designation as a Peace Officer, and Notary Public.

The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are:

  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret legislation as they relate to Sheriff's duties;
  • Knowledge of court and jury security practices and procedures;
  • Ability to react quickly to critical altercations in court;
  • Ability to perform duties while dealing with difficult people in a stressful environment;
  • Ability to write and communicate clearly in order to interpret and relay information;
  • Maintain a level of physical fitness to complete the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE).

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • a certificate or course work in law enforcement with one year of practical experience in a court security or enforcement environment with a significant amount of time spent demonstrating and enforcing security practices/procedures, interpreting legislation, and responding to inquiries from the public and enforcement agencies.
  • The incumbent must have a valid Class 4 driver's licence, current First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator Certificates.
  • A medical certification of fitness to perform the duties associated with the position is a requirement.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Hay River HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 875-8086

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Relief Worker

This job opening is for a Relief position where there are no established hours of work on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as and when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Driver's License Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is a valid Class 4 Driver's License

Bona Fide Requirement

A mandatory requirement for this position is passing the Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE).


The incumbent in this position may be required to travel by small plane to remote settlements two times per month, for up to five days at a time.


This job opening is for a Non-Traditional Occupation. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 24411

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $40.91 per hour to $48.86 per hour, plus a pro-rated annual Northern Allowance of $2.71 per hour.