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Program and Planning Coordinator (Planning Technician 3)


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Competition # : 30920 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/18/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Land Protection division of the NS Department of Agriculture is responsible for the management and maintenance of the provincial dyke system in four main regions for agricultural purposes under the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act. The four regions are Colchester, Cumberland, Hants and Western: having a total of 81 marshes, 240 km of dyke and 250 aboiteau. The dyke system protects 17,000 hectares of marsh. In addition to protecting highly productive agricultural land, the dyke system protects high value assets such as highways, communities, railway, windmills and cultural sites. This provincial dyke system is considered critical infrastructure.


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About Our Opportunity


If you are detail oriented and enjoy a fast-paced working environment, this opportunity with Resource Sustainability may be for you.


Reporting to the Manager of Capital Projects, the Program and Planning Coordinator will be responsible for preparing procurement documents for various projects within the Division.


Primary Accountabilities




  • Reviews and provides oversight of proposed projects, including project planning, budgeting, forecasting and operational plans for the team.
  • Provides procurement solutions by determining the appropriate procurement method for all works of the Resource Sustainability Division.
  • Provides pricing information and historical data to assist with budgeting and tender preparation. Conducts basic financial analysis of quotations/proposal submissions.
  • Provides oversight of agreements and legal documents to ensure internal policy processes are followed.
  • Oversees approved projects to ensure compliance with relevant program funding requirements and tender conditions.
  • Advises on human resources, financial, records management, administrative, procurement and occupation health & safety requirements of the team.


Qualifications and Experience


  • 2 year Planning Technician course plus 6 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.
  • Certificate in business/project management and/or equivalent training and experience.
  • Familiarity with Provincial and Federal regulatory requirements, policies and consultation requirements and their applications.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office, SAP and Ariba.
  • Ability to work within a team environment, and independently.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Additional Information


This is a one-year term position with an anticipated end date of July 31, 2022.


Testing may be required for interview candidates.


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.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  TE 24  

Salary Range:  $2,222.36 - $2,617.48 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). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:


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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