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Regulatory Planning Officer (Research and Stat. Officer 3)



Competition # : 36719 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/11/2022​ (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.

About Our Opportunity


As a Regulatory Planning Officer, you will report to the Manager of the Natural Products Marketing Council and will serve as a source of information and analysis to the Natural Products Marketing Council and marketing boards on the legislative and regulatory development process.  This is an exciting opportunity for those who possess experience in a regulatory environment conducting research and analysis, drafting regulations and distilling complex information for diverse audiences as well as those who excel at analyzing and reviewing complex issues and developing and presenting recommendations.


You will be responsible for drafting and preparing complex regulatory changes under the Natural Products Act and the Dairy Industry Act and for providing strategic planning and development support and advice to the Natural Products Marketing Council and for conducting research and analysis on policy, legal and regulatory trends and developments.

Primary Accountabilities


As a Regulatory Planning Officer, you will:


  • Identify and monitor new and emerging regulations that may impact the production and marketing of agricultural products and/or business development.
  • Coordinate, facilitate and participate in stakeholder consultations to identify industry developments, key interests, concerns, requirements and challenges.
  • Proactively deal with compliance-related issues by providing compliance guidance to marketing boards and industry stakeholders.
  • Respond to and address enquiries from marketing boards, industry stakeholders, other government agencies and the public concerning regulatory issues in the regulated marketing sector.
  • Support the development of strategic plans for the Natural Products Marketing Council.
  • Provide expert advice and consultative/coordination services to marketing boards in response to a wide range of issues and matters including interpretation/explanation of legislation, regulations and the Natural Products Marketing Council's policies and direction.

Qualifications and Experience


As the successful candidate, you possess a Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business, law or related field plus five (5) years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in a related field plus three (3) years of relevant experience. The completion of a Law Degree will be considered an asset for this position.


You also have:


  • research, organizational and critical thinking skills to facilitate the development of practical solutions to complex issues
  • strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to prioritize and undertake high level work under tight deadlines
  • excellent communication (verbal and written), presentation and consultation skills to effectively communicate and present complex technical information
  • proficiency with basic desktop applications including word processing, presentations, e-mail and spreadsheets
  • a high level of diplomacy and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within and lead cross-functional teams
  • knowledge of policy, legislative and regulatory tools and their application and a thorough knowledge of the legislative process

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


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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


While travel may be minimal. the successful candidate must have a valid driver's license and have access to a reliable vehicle.

Additional Information


This competition is to fill a Permanent employment opportunity in Bible Hill, Truro.

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.
  • Countless career paths. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,469.30 - $3,001.65 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:



 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