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Program Admin Officer 3 - Agricultural Diversity Programming Coordinator (EOI Close Date: 01/15/21)

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Flexible, NS, CA, B2N 5G6

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 28152 

Department: Agriculture

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/22/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Mi’kmaw descent who have a good understanding of the history and experiences of Mi’kmaq people and communities.

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. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.


 More specifically, the Regional Services Division provides farmers, agri-food entrepreneurs, and rural organizations with locally based services and programs that are focused on industry competitiveness and delivered through a coordinated approach among our six offices located across the Province. Core objectives include outstanding client service, partnerships, leadership development, cooperation and collaboration with the goal of growing the industry, strengthening communities and creating a sustainable and profitable agricultural industry.


Within the Regional Services Division, the Regional Programming section is responsible for public trust programming, including the Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia program, and Knowledge and Technology Transfer, which strengthens the connections between researchers and industry. Regional Programming also provides provincial level support to staff in the regional offices, through coordination, development of networks, research, and resource development in priority areas, including work with under-represented groups in the agriculture and food sectors.

About Our Opportunity

As the Provincial Agricultural Diversity Programming Specialist, you will provide programming support, under the guidance of the Manager of Regional Programming, for the delivery of agricultural extension programs.

The primary role of this position is to provide leadership in identifying opportunities and innovations in regional programming for youth development, agricultural education, community food security, and agricultural extension programming for Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq communities, both on and off reserve. In addition, another  primary role of this position is to consult with these communities and develop a specialized strategy to increase their participation in the agriculture and food sectors.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Provides independent, specialized professional expertise for the development of a government strategy to improve agriculture and food entrepreneurship, community food security, agricultural education, and agricultural career promotion among indigenous communities.
  • Assists the Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia program with the development and delivery of classroom resources and student programs, including resources for Mi’kmaw  Kina’matnewey Schools.
  • Supports the implementation of the first year of the Department of Agriculture’s new entrance scholarship and summer work experience for a Mi’kmaw post-secondary student.
  • Acts as a cultural liaison between Mi’kmaw communities, the Department of Agriculture and the broader agricultural community.

Qualifications and Experience

As the ideal candidate you will have a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years’ work experience.


The following skills or work experience would be assets:

  • Youth leadership development and/or classroom experience
  • Experience in the agriculture or food sectors, including at the community food security level
  • Experience leading community-based projects
  • Strong networking, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to bring a two-eyed seeing lens to a non-indigenous workplace


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


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


  • This role is primarily based in an office environment. You may be working at your computer for extended periods of time.
  • Office location is flexible and can be arranged at any of the following locations: Sydney, Truro-Bible Hill, or Kentville. 
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Must have access to reliable transportation

Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 29, 2021. The appointment status (term) 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.
  • 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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,384.94 - $2,899.09 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). 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