Wireless Telecommunications Specialist

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Reference Number


Closing Date

2018-02-14 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

Wireless Telecommunications Specialists use their expertise and leading-edge technologies to solve complex problems and to advance investigative initiatives. They work at the forefront of technology and innovation to create and support tools and programs to enhance intelligence collection.

Collaboration, expertise and communication are the key criteria sought after for creating new solutions, systems, platforms and tools, or to creatively integrate existing (commercially off the shelf) technologies with the end goal of advancing investigations.

Candidates will provide high-quality, timely and professional services and technical support in a highly dynamic and changing environment. Implementing specialized equipment, they will train others in equipment use, satisfy field operations requirements, prepare reports, familiarize non-technical people with technical capabilities, and conduct hands-on work.

Key Responsibilities may include:

  • Provide leadership and advice on major assigned projects/plans/activities, budgetary and policy/procedural issues, including the acquisition, planning, development, implementation, documentation and evaluation needed for their completion.
  • Research, evaluate and test new technologies, tools and procedures in order to support the development, evaluation, and planning of operational capabilities and recommend future developments to maintain and improve intelligence gathering capabilities.
  • Administer and resolve complex problems/issues/contracts by researching, analysing and providing advice, or liaising with other resources, as required.
  • Provide direct input for technical and operational plans, in close consultation and cooperation with clients and colleagues.
  • Prepare detailed documents on issues pertaining to branch projects by gathering information and data, conducting analysis and preparing reports and assessments of technology gaps and opportunities.
  • Provide training and support to clients and colleagues to maintain and improve technical capabilities for the Service.
  • Assess information and provide operational support to meet managerial and operational requirements for plans, policies and budgetary needs in accordance with Service requirements.
  • Liaise with government agencies both national and international, representing the Service in the exchange of information, techniques and/or analysis and develop and maintain contacts in various technologies and all related areas.


  • Undergraduate degree* and three (3) years of relevant experience** Underfill – one (1) year of relevant experience** 
  • Technologist diploma* or Professional technologist equivalency designation and four (4) years of relevant experience** Underfill – two (2) years of relevant experience**

*Education: Computer science, electrical, electronics, network security, telecommunications or engineering. The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

UNDERFILL: An individual development plan will be established for the successful candidate, depending on qualifications and experience of the employee.

NOTE: Higher level of relevant education (i.e.: Masters or Doctorate in a relevant field) may be recognized as experience.


**Relevant experience is defined as recent1 experience in one or more of the following: networking and network security, internet infrastructure and protocols, mobile/wireless technology, and software operating systems.

1Recent experience is defined as having worked directly with the technologies within the last three (3) years.

Candidates must also possess:

  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in analyzing requirements and providing advice and recommendations (written and oral) on technical matters to various audiences such as clients and management;

In addition to the above criterion, candidates must possess a minimum of one (1) year of experience per requirement on any three (3) of the following requirements:

  • Experience assessing, configuring and troubleshooting IP based networks, network security (switches, routers, firewall, IDS/IPS, PSPs) and conducting network protocol analysis; 
  • Experience in the design, verification and support of telecommunication networks (e.g. VoIP, WIFI, LTE/VoLTE, ADSL/Cable); 
  • Experience in writing advanced scripts (UNIX/LINUX, Mac OS, Windows and Virtualization); 
  • Experience troubleshooting software and/or hardware issues by analyzing log data.


In addition to the core experience requirements listed above, ideal candidates may bring experience in any of the following areas:

  • Experience in directly supporting critical systems requiring high availability in accordance with industry standards; 
  • Experience eliciting, writing, and managing requirements, identifying acceptance criteria, analyzing business value and technical needs, and managing client relationships;
  • Experience providing training on highly technical subject matter to non-technical audiences;  
  • Experience planning, preparing, and deploying technical solutions that enable the covert and secure collection of information;
  • Experience with cellular technologies and protocols.

A written examination will be administered for the evaluation of candidates.


Communication, Collaboration, Adaptability/Flexibility, Organizational Skills/Multitasking, Problem Solving.

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive a Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important that you adhere to a zero tolerance illegal drug use from the time you submit your application.

Language Requirements

Various language requirements:

  • English Essential (EE/AE) 
  • Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB) 
  • Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB)

NOTE: For bilingual imperative positions, offers will be made to qualified candidates who meet the linguistic requirements. For bilingual non-imperative positions, offers will be conditional upon meeting the linguistic requirements within two (2) years of appointment.

Salary Range

$75,330 to $91,650 per year (under revision).

Underfill: $66,280 to $80,650 (under revision).

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The positions are designated CS; therefore, the employee may be eligible for a terminable allowance of 7% of the annual salary (4% at the underfill level).


Ottawa (Ontario)

Employment Conditions

Term and indeterminate (permanent) positions with a one (1) year probation.

How To Apply

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy by clicking Apply Now and quote reference 16-968-08-092 in your cover letter.


CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to Employment Equity and encourages the equitable participation of all Canadians. If your application is retained and you require any special accommodation during the selection process, please advise us. The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.