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Senior Probation Officer (Probation Officer 5)

Date: Nov 17, 2020

Location: DARTMOUTH, NS, CA, B2Y 4B7

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27904 

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/1/2020

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 the Senior Probation Officer, you are responsible and accountable for ensuring that Correctional Services Policy & Procedures concerning field office administration are implemented and monitored. You are also responsible for the overall management, operation, and administration of the Community Corrections offices; workload management of staff as it pertains to assignment of duties; and supervision of community corrections staff, paraprofessionals, and volunteers. As well you are responsible for delivery of all community corrections services and community-based programs for adult and youth offenders 12 years of age and over in a geographic area using proper government spending and procurement practices.


Additional responsibilities include preparation of investigative reports for courts, court attendance, supervision of offenders serving community-based dispositions and engaging collateral contacts with employers, schools, family, and others during the supervision process. You are a mentor for staff, lead daily operations, and may also be required to coordinate provincial program initiatives and other special projects as assigned by the Manager, Community Corrections.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Interview offenders and collateral contacts including victims for completion of Presentence/ Predisposition Reports
  • Supervision of offenders to ensure compliance with Court ordered conditions by applying case management strategies
  • Record ongoing file documentation and utilize the computer for case management
  • Respond to daily crises of offenders and their families
  • Investigate and charge offenders with violations of Court Orders
  • Provides supervision to all staff within office jurisdiction
  • Facilitate and deliver operational programs (including Adult Restorative Justice, Fine Option, Community Service Work, Prisoner Release, Volunteers in Corrections)


Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree (Social Sciences) plus seven years of related experience or a Masters’ Degree plus 4 years related experience. Experience must include two years’ experience as a professional Probation Officer. An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


You must demonstrate knowledge of a wide variety of operational policy and procedures; federal and provincial legislation; and the current collective agreement as this knowledge is essential to ensure effective and efficient operation of Community Corrections offices. You must also demonstrate excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to make accurate assessments and decisions and the ability to apply good judgement and common sense to resolve issues and concerns.


A strong teamwork ethic must be in evidence, as you will function as a team member within the office and division and lead the team in the performance of their duties. In addition, you will demonstrate initiative in identifying programming needs and resource requirements in local areas and be able to perform all the duties of a Probation Officer at an exemplary level.


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.



Include, but not limited to:

  • A 2-year Diploma in a related field and 9 years of related work experience
  • 11 years of related work experience

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.


Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week during regular business hours
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Excessive mental demands exist due to offenders' violent, substance addicted, sexually dysfunctional, and other high-risk behaviours on a daily basis
  • Mental strain may be compounded by lack of community and other supportive services
  • Increased physical demands associated with uncertain offender behaviours when conducting community visits and interviewing in correctional institutions
  • Supervision of volatile offenders poses an extraordinary physical risk.
  • Hazards result from driving in all types of adverse weather conditions for the purpose of community visits, court attendance and other obligations
  • Correctional institution visits, contact with prisoners and daily contact with offenders present unique risks due to above listed factors


Additional Information

Following the job interview and employment reference checks, the successful candidate will be asked to complete and submit a Pre-Employment Questionnaire (PEQ) prior to your appointment. You will meet with a recruitment officer to review your PEQ answers. The questionnaire focuses on honesty and integrity and candidates must answer all questions accurately and truthfully. Dishonesty or non-disclosure will result in elimination of the candidate's application. To review the pre-employment questionnaire please visit


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:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 - $3,404.96 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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