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Probation Officer 1-2(A)-(B)-3

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: BEDFORD, NS, CA, B4A1E6

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/20/2018  




Probation Officer 1-2(A)-(B)-3, Permanent, BEDFORD  


Competition # 17608  



About Us

The Correctional Services division of the Department of Justice is responsible for the administration and operation of community and custody-based programs and services for adult offenders and young persons.


Within the Correctional Services core business area there are two programs: community corrections & correctional facilities. Each of these program areas is broken down into closely related activities that have a specific impact on the program's target group.


About Our Opportunity


Probation Officers provide community corrections services with respect to youth and adult offenders 12 years of age and over.  As such, your responsibilities include the use of an electronic case management system, preparation of investigative reports for courts, court attendance, supervision of offenders serving community-based dispositions and collateral contacts with employers, schools, family and others to assist in the supervision process.  The management, administration, supervision and enforcement of an adult and youth offender Community Corrections caseload are all components of the supervision process.


As a Probation Officer, you are responsible for the delivery of community-based programs for offenders such as Adult Restorative Justice, Community Service, and Fine Option, and for making agency referrals as appropriate.  Additional duties may include public speaking, the development and/or supervision of Volunteers-in-Corrections and creation or promotion of community correctional programming and partnerships.


About You


You possess a Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year related experience; or Bachelor’s degree plus 1 year post graduate; or Honours degree.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 


The following are considered asset qualifications:  a degree in the Social Sciences, previous experience employing an understanding of criminal/deviant behavior and family dynamics, and knowledge of pertinent federal and provincial legislation.


As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate sound judgement, impartiality and solid decision-making abilities.  These abilities are essential, as daily decisions are made which directly affect the lives of offenders, their families and the community.  You will also demonstrate excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to make accurate assessments related to the preparation of investigative reports and the overall supervision of offenders in the community.  As a Probation Officer, you are expected to possess a strong teamwork ethic, be able to function as a team member within the office and the division and cultivate a strong network of accessible community resources.  You will be self-directed and able to accept supervision, adhere to policy, and seek direction when necessary.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Other Considerations


This position will carry a caseload in Bedford as well as support vacancies within Halifax Regional Municipality when necessary to provide case management and program delivery support/facilitation.



Pay Grade:  PR 06 - PR 13  


Salary Range:  $1,726.00 - $2,786.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).



If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:





Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  



External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.



We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact



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