Role Required: Security Investigator

It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are values supported by Horse Racing Alberta (HRA).

Opening Date: February 1st, 2023
Closing Date: February 17th, 2023

Position Description:

Security Investigator Role Description:

Security Investigators report to the Assistant Director of Regulatory. They are responsible for ensuring safety and security on racetrack grounds. They ensure that everyone is acting in a lawful and orderly manner. They also perform surveillance activities and drug test personnel as required.

About Horse Racing Alberta

HRA is a not-for-profit corporation governed by individuals who represent various racetrack and breeding organizations and the general public. HRA licenses horse racetracks in Alberta and administers the rules that guide the conduct of officials, owners, trainers, and jockeys during horsing events.

The mandate of Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is defined by the Horse Racing Alberta Act, and states that HRA will:
  • Govern, direct, control, regulate, manage, market, and promote horse racing in any or all of its forms; and
  • Protect the health, safety, and welfare of racehorses and, with respects to horse racing, the safety and welfare of racing participants and racing officials; and
  • Safeguard the interests of the general public in horse racing.

HRA’s core business strives to stabilize, enhance, and ensure the growth and integrity of the Alberta horse racing and breeding industry in Alberta.

Key Responsibilities

  • Walk the barn area several times a day, looking for any activities that are against the rules of Horse Racing Alberta and the local racetrack or opposing the best interests of horse racing.
  • Perform barn searches
  • Be attentive to all complaints and concerns of horsemen and horsewomen.
  • Be aware of current stabling arrangements.
  • Conduct surveillance of the paddock and test barn area during race days.
  • You will need to be in constant communication with racetrack operation security.
  • Look at all license applications and perform necessary checks where required.
  • Ensure all personnel entering the restricted areas of the racetrack have a current HRA license or have been signed in by an HRA licensee.
  • Drug test all jockeys, valets, and gate crew before starting a new race season
  • Perform random drug testing on the former licensees throughout race meets.
  • Perform random drug/alcohol testing on all racing participants on a monthly basis.
  • Perform drug/alcohol tests based on cause.
  • Enter all drug/alcohol test data into computers.
  • Order all necessary supplies for drug/alcohol testing.
  • Deliver all samples to the lab and follow up on results.
  • Oversee all aspects of breathalyzer testing.
  • Keep a log on daily activities and report to Supervisor of Security and Investigations.
  • Write a monthly report about your daily activities to the Supervisor of Security and Investigations.
  • Send all drug testing documentation to the Supervisor of Security and Investigations.

Education, Skills and Experience

  • High School Diploma
  • A Diploma in Investigative Studies or similar is an asset.
  • Valid First Aid, with CPR and AED or equivalent, is an asset.
  • Experience in investigative work such as a security guard, police officer, or private investigator.
  • Experience working in the Equine industry such as a racetrack.
  • Experience working with horses is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good time management, multitasking and organizational skills.
  • Ability to proactively handle emergency and high-stress situations.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and solve problems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Ability to work shift work, including daytime, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Eligible to work in Canada.


  • A competitive salary and comprehensive benefit program are offered.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a properly formatted (PDF) cover letter along with their resume clearly indicating how their experience has prepared them for this role.

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Contact Information

We thank all applicants for their interest. All submissions 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 April Welch at 780-415-5432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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