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Accounting and Reception Clerk (Clerk 3)

Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: BIBLE HILL, NS, CA, B6L 2R2

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29204 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/5/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities.  Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.

About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Finance Manager, the Accounting and Reception Clerk is responsible for providing courteous and productive reception services for the Edward F. Lorraine Building and Crown Lending Agencies.  Your duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, mail support, document preparation and tracking, records management, updating the data register, bank deposits, booking and upkeep of the Edward F. Lorraine board and meeting rooms.



Primary Accountabilities


Working in a fast-paced team environment, your duties will also include maintaining information dealing with loan client files, documentation and electronic information, including leading the tracking of the life and property insurance conditions and entering related information into the Loans Management System. The position is responsible for application intake and ensuring that applications are complete.


As part of the Accounting team, you the Accounting and Reception Clerk will be required to establish an efficient work schedule and work within a team orientated environment. You will also be expected to work under minimal supervision.


Qualifications and Experience


You have a high school education plus three (3) years of related experience. An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. In addition to the above, you will be proficient in Microsoft (MS) Word, MS Outlook, Excel (or comparable word processing and spreadsheet software) as well as creative eye to promote the optimal use of computer technology to enhance work processes and maximize efficiencies.


Good fundamental book-keeping and data entry skills, organizational, and interpersonal skills in a team environment, as well as an ability to work under pressure to meet specific deadlines are required attributes.  Training and experience with an accounting or ERP system is desirable.  Familiarity with Farm Loan Board, Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, and the Department of Agriculture objectives and programs, and lending processes would be considered assets.


You have developed strong communication skills in interacting with a variety of people and will demonstrate these skills during the interview process.


You possess excellent organizational skills, prioritization, judgment and initiative, as the successful candidate will work independently and is often without supervision. Discretion and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality is extremely important in this environment.


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.



Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Additional Information


This is a full-time, permanent position located in Bible Hill, NS.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
  • Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
  • Mentorship through iNSpire: a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development
  • Countless career paths for Nova Scotians




Pay Grade:  CL 18  

Salary Range:  $1,571.23 - $1,758.00 Bi-Weekly 


Employment Equity Statement:

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 Indigenous 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 these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). 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. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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 the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to