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Climate Change Investment and Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 37862 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animals through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. 


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.


Nova Scotia Environment - Department

About Our Opportunity


The Climate Change Investment and Policy Analyst works with a team of professionals to implement provincial commitments, policies and programs related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the province. Reporting to the Manager of the Climate Change Mitigation team, the Climate Change Investment and Policy Analyst is responsible for administering Nova Scotia’s Green Fund and developing and implementing programs, policies and regulations related to Nova Scotia's carbon pricing programs and climate change mitigation goals. You will take meaningful action on climate change which will involve collaborating and building partnerships to coordinate and advance initiatives across government departments.  You will develop and grow relationships with many diverse communities and stakeholders while also collaborating at the provincial, national, and international level and focusing on shared objectives while representing the province.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you will create an environment that promotes continuous learning and improvement by seeking feedback from your colleagues and being open to critiques that improve outcomes. Within this ever-evolving field, you will lead through change and be willing to adjust quickly, as needed. This work requires innovative approaches to capacity building, community engagement, education and information sharing to ensure that engagement is inclusive, and that the information is trusted.


The position will support the administration of the Nova Scotia’s Green Fund.  This will include processing and managing information, maintaining budgets, and producing progress reports. This position will also support the implementation and operation of the province’s carbon pricing programs. You will work to maximize the benefits to Nova Scotians by seeking out partnerships, leveraging contributions and ensuring lasting impact. You will make recommendations while considering the wide scope of issues including environmental, social, and economic impacts; innovative opportunities; and national and international trends. In this role, you will also monitor trends of related provincial, territorial, and federal climate change mitigation policies and associated funding programs to identify interrelationships, opportunities, and challenges.


You will build collaborative networks with stakeholders to advance provincial climate change mitigation goals. You will provide support for interdepartmental, divisional, and regional projects and may be asked to represent the Province and Department on intra- and inter-provincial committees and at regional, national, and international meetings. You may be called upon to apply for external funding and will be regularly called upon to advise senior executives, provincial, municipal, and federal government departments, communities, and industry.


You will work creatively with partners to effectively monitor and respond to climate change mitigation trends and work to ensure that the policies and programs continue to meet the needs of Nova Scotians.

Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business, Climatology, Public Policy or other relevant post-secondary concentration plus 6 years related experience is required. 
Knowledge and experience in research, planning, project management, critical thinking and analysis are required.  This includes:
•    A proven track record in policy development, research and synthesis of evidence in a policy context;
•    Experience in program development and evaluation;
•    Experience with stakeholder engagement and/or partnership building; and
•    Experience in the ability to manage and prioritize concurrent tasks within a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

In addition to the above requirements, the following experience will be considered an asset:
•    Experience developing legislation and regulations;
•    Experience in completing cost-benefit analyses of government policy; 
•    Experience in the field of climate change, carbon pricing or energy policy; 
•    The ability to apply theory and best practice to identify creative, practical, and defensible approaches to overcoming challenges; and
•    The willingness and ability to share data, ideas and experiences with colleagues that may assist with policy planning or partnership building. 


Excellent verbal and written communication and persuasion skills are required. As the successful candidate, you must be committed to promotion of diversity and anti-racism in workplace.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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


Some travel may be required but most of the work can be completed remotely.   

Additional Information


This competition may be used to fill additional potential vacancies.

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 17  

Salary Range:  $3,001.65 - $3,525.41 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