Director of Resource Stewardship



Competition # : 39290 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks, and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

As a vital part of the Forestry and Wildlife branch, the Resource Management Division is the primary strategic lead for cross-departmental work to ensure the sustainable conservations, management and use of the province’s renewable resources, Crown Lands and forests. Ensures that planning, decision making and management action involving the provinces renewable resources are based on the best scientific and traditional knowledge available and ensures that all uses are sustainable. 


About Our Opportunity

As the Director of Resource Stewardship, you are the primary lead for all aspects of resource management implementation on Crown lands through legal and partnership agreements with the Mi’kmaq, forest sector stakeholders and private landowners as well as the effective coordination, planning, and delivery of private land silviculture programs and timber scaling programs and ensuring appropriate development and implementation of wildlife policy in the context of resource stewardship. As the Director of Resource Stewardship, strong leadership is essential in the position to build and maintain respectful relationships, negotiate and facilitate clear direction, enable and inspire leaders, and ensure exceptional collaboration and engagement. 

Primary Accountabilities

You are a seasoned professional who will be accountable for the development and management of programs, strategies and policies for the sustainable management and growth of the province's renewable resources. These responsibilities include leading a diverse group of professionals on the evaluation, planning, development, and implementation of legislation, policy, research, management strategies and client services for the conservation and sustainable use of Nova Scotia's renewable resources. Provides provincial leadership to ensure all applicable Acts, regulations, policy, guidelines standards and codes of practice are complied with in forest management planning and operations and other assigned resources on Crown lands. Accountable to review and make recommendations regarding international, national, provincial, and department policies that influence the delivery of forest resource management programs, both on Crown and private lands, in Nova Scotia.

We are looking for a leader who shares our passion for Nova Scotia’s forests and is committed to their long-term sustainability and growth.

This position reports to the Executive Director, Forestry and Wildlife Branch.

Qualifications and Experience

A university degree in the field of Natural Resources. as well as several years of progressive management experience in a similar role or an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience.

The success of this position requires a combination of strong leadership skills, team building and a genuine interest and determination in fulfilling the provincial and departmental goals in forest management. You must have a proven record of creative thinking and applying specialized knowledge of natural resources in the context of government policies.  You are familiar with Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s natural resources, the role of public policy and public service, science, and current issues with respect to the management of forests in Nova Scotia.

You are a problem solver and a strong communicator who can resolve issues in an ever-changing environment. You are also an innovator who generates, promotes, and implements new ideas, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders and resolving concerns arising from the resulting changes these ideas would produce.

Experience with government, forestry-related business and/or a policy organization will be considered an asset, especially in combination with experience in policy and planning. Demonstrated experience in change management initiatives will also be considered an asset.

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework.  During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.

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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.


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

Work within an office environment.

Field work as required.

Occasional work outside of regular work hours.

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:  EC 13 

Salary Range:  $3,918.14 - $4,897.66 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.


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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