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Senior Fuel and Tobacco Officer 3



Competition # : 35917 

Department: Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/6/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, we impact every citizen, business and municipality and business in Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to design and deliver programs and services to meet the needs of our clients and the public good through a culture of excellence.  Our vision is to be a recognized leader in service and public protection that delivers trusted, accessible, modern programs, and contributes to Nova Scotia as a safe and desirable place to live, work and do business.

About Our Opportunity


Under the supervision of the Manager of Compliance and Special Investigations, the Fuel & Tobacco Officer 3 acting as a team leader, plans, co-ordinates and assigns inspections and investigations to the Fuel & Tobacco Officers. As a team leader, the Fuel & Tobacco Officer 3 directly oversees more complex investigations to determine the appropriate action to be taken under the Revenue Act, Tobacco Access Act, Petroleum Products Pricing Act, Sales Tax Act and Regulations made pursuant to these Acts. The Fuel & Tobacco Officer 3 assists the Manager with the overall operational program design through the development of policy and guidelines that govern the compliance inspection and investigation programs.

Primary Accountabilities


•    Providing advice and recommendations to the Manager in risk assessing potential investigations and vendors/consumers for compliance inspections and the investigation/inspection protocols for the upcoming year.
•    Maintaining a quality assurance program for the evaluation of investigations and inspections of vendors/consumers.
•    Reviewing and approving files, inspections, operational plans and search warrants developed by Fuel & Tobacco Officers for all investigations and compliance activites.
•    Monitoring the daily work duties/assignments of the Fuel and Tobacco Officers.
•    Coaching and mentoring Fuel & Tobacco Officers in the performance of their duties and providing training to staff as they progress to working on more complex investigations and/or compliance activities.
•    Conducting inspections and regulatory enforcement actions as well as education of new retailers/wholesalers. 
•    Conducting investigations into complaints received by the Compliance & Special Investigations section. This includes conducting routine investigations and compliance inspections of corporations, businesses, and individuals engaged in the importation, distribution, sale and consumption of vape products (e-juice and devices), petroleum and tobacco products in Nova Scotia. This may include informal tasking or assignments with other provincial departments or law enforcement agencies for short periods of time
•    Participating/Co-ordinating both mobile and stationary surveillance and sample purchases of evidence pursuant to the provisions of the Revenue Act and Regulations, and under the provisions of Section 25 of the Criminal Code;
•    Focusing on the safety concerns of officers and providing guidance to ensure all safe work procedures are followed.


Primary Accountabilities Cont'd


With respect to the larger/more complex investigations as well as the Fuel & Tobacco Officer 3's review of the Fuel & Tobacco Officers' investigations/compliance activities, s/he will determine whether investigational evidence justifies the seizure of records, either by statutory authority, or whether a search warrant should be obtained under the appropriate legislation.

Frequent contact with all levels of Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Departments and their representatives. Law Enforcement agencies including the R.C.M.P. and Municipal Police Forces, both within and outside the Province as well as Provincial Justices, Crown Attorneys, investigators from other departments, ie. Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Service Agency, Health Promotion's Tobacco Control Unit. 

Also responsible for the utilization and control of communication equipment, photographic and other field equipment, including government vehicles assigned to the Fuel & Tobacco Officer 3 but also to Fuel & Tobacco Officers under their direction. Responsible for the overall security of all evidentiary exhibits and the chain of continuity that is required for judicial proceedings. Responsible for the verification of confidential purchases and travel expense accounts of the Fuel & Tobacco Officers.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this opportunity you must have had successful completion of a recognized Police Enforcement Training (ie Holland College, RCMP Training Depot) plus 9 years related experience; or 2 years experience as a Fuel and Tobacco Officer 2C; or equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable. Training must include investigation or forensic accounting/auditing.


This position requires a significant amount of computer usage; therefore, you must be proficient in Microsoft Teams, Excel, Outlook and have the aptitude to learn other work-related programs. Due to the nature of the work, you must not possess a Criminal Record within Canada and you must be eligible to be appointed as a Special Constable (Peace Officer) under the Nova Scotia Police Act. In addition, you possess:
•    A team leader with excellent communication skills.
•    A high degree of initiative and objectivity, and the ability to manage assigned tasks as well as other people or projects to ensure they are completed in a timely manner. 
•    The ability to work independently.
•    Attention to detail to remain current on all aspects of ongoing files. 
•    Strong analytical and investigative skills.   
•    The ability to respect confidentiality
•    Strong conflict resolution skills

Due to the nature of the investigations under the Revenue Act (tobacco and fuel products), you must be able to obtain a valid WHIMS certification and a basic knowledge of relevant dangerous goods. An enhanced Security level screening as required by the RCMP, Municipal Police Forces and or Federal/ Provincial agencies as it relates to the sharing of confidential, or above confidential level information may be required.
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.




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


You must possess a valid Driver’s license. Extensive travel through the province will be required. Flexibility to work irregular hours will be required at times to complete investigative work.

Training specific to this position will be required.

Additional Information


Please note, this is expected to be a term status position with an end date of March 31, 2024; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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:  TE 26  

Salary Range:  $2,414.26 - $2,820.66 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