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Correctional Officer

Date: Nov 6, 2020

Location: DARTMOUTH, NS, CA, B3B 2B9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27829 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/23/2020

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 adults 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.


Community Corrections has 22 offices across the province from Yarmouth to Sydney and is responsible for the supervision of both adult and young persons serving community-based sentences. The sentences include probation, conditional sentence, custody and supervision, conditional supervision and Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision.  Probation officers also supervise those released from custody on conditional releases and prepare pre-sentence investigations to assist the Courts in the sentencing process.  Evidence based Program facilitation and supports to specialized courts in areas of domestic violence, mental health and wellness are also part of the role of a Probation Officer as well as Restorative Justice casework and collaboration with community justice agencies.


Four (4) adult correctional facilities and one (1) youth centre provide the safety and security of person in custody while providing programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with their successful, reintegration back into the community.


Nova Scotia Correctional Services utilizes an evidence-based approach in both Community Corrections and custodial facilities. Core Correctional Practices (CCP) is the foundational practice that drives reintegration and rehabilitation practices deployed within Correctional Services. Utilizing CCP, Correctional Services staff can effectively interact, manage behavior, and help facilitate change, within target populations.


For more information on the Department of Justice Correctional Services please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity

As a Correctional Officer, you are responsible for the safe secure custody, control and supervision of sentence and remand offenders in an adult correctional facility on a rotating shift basis.  Our Correctional Officer undertakes duties associated with your shift assignment in various areas of the facility.  These areas include Offender Living Units, Admission and Discharge, Reception/Visitation, Recreation, Laundry, and Canteen Services.  In this role, you will have regular and ongoing interaction with offenders, while encouraging pro-social behaviour.  You are also responsible for administrative functions related to the case management database (JEIN) and the Offender Behavioural Management System.

Correctional Officers work with a diverse offender population and are accountable for promoting and adhering to policy and procedures, standard operating procedures, post orders and directives.  As part of this role, you will be involved with conducting offender counts and searches, writing reports, ensuring offender security and safety, and compiling tasks related to physical plant cleanliness and maintenance requirements.

About You


You possess a High School diploma and 2 years of related experience.  An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.  Typical equivalencies include:  a certificate/diploma from an accredited Correctional Officer program or a University degree in a related field of study.


Your experience and knowledge in the following areas are considered assets in this role:

  • Experience in law enforcement, security or the military;
  • Previous employment as a Correctional Officer;
  • Knowledge or experience in a computerized/automated environment; and
  • Leadership experience (i.e. leading youth programs, groups or committees


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.

Other Considerations


This competition will be used to fill multiple permanent vacancies.


The facility is a 24-hour operation and is a tobacco-free environment.


This position requires a valid Driver’s License, a Driver’s Abstract, Standard First Aid/CPR Certificate, and proof of all stated education and training, which shall be provided at time of interview.


Pay Grade:  ACC 04  

Salary Range:  $2,031.91 - $2,491.01 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


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