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Economist 3 / Analyst



Competition # : 32993 

Department: Natural Resources and Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables manages and promotes energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors.


The new Department of Natural Resources and Renewables brings all of the province’s experts in subsurface resources together in one department. The merger will also provide opportunities for the energy and mining files to explore collaborative opportunities to better promote the province’s energy and mineral resources.


Currently, eight Canadian provinces and territories and the federal government organize energy and mining promotional, regulatory, science and information management functions under the authority of one minister. This aligns Nova Scotia with a common Canadian structure.

About Our Opportunity


Under the general supervision of the Manager, Fiscal and Economic Affairs, the Economist/Analyst is responsible for providing economic analysis and statistical studies on various policy, production and market situations concerning the energy industry, including domestic and export demand for petroleum products; renewable energy, energy project studies, product valuation (i.e. pricing); and, benefit and training economic impact evaluations. 

Primary Accountabilities


As the Economist/Analyst you will develop and maintain a central database for economic and pricing indicators. This position also establishes and maintains good working relationships with external and internal stakeholders and acts as an advisor to the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables on economics for general energy related matters.


As the Economist/Analyst you will provide research support, analytical and consultative services to senior management including the preparation of economic analysis for the development of policy, background reports, discussion papers, economic surveys and reviews. You as the incumbent will also conduct data entry, data interpretation, data manipulation and data evaluation, assist in the identification of key economic issues and priorities for policy and development of policy options, and conducts evaluations of department programs and policies including estimation of economic impacts. You will also provide current and on-going analysis of the economic impact of project benefits in support of broad Provincial policy goals of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables.


In this role as the Economist/Analyst you will also be responsible to provide current and ongoing analysis of the economic impacts of the investments in the energy industries. This requires the incumbent to keep abreast of industry problems and concerns that relate to departmental programs and policies, and assess the implications for Nova Scotia of national policies and policy changes. Specifically, the incumbent reviews major economic studies and reports for implications for energy issues in Nova Scotia. As the Economist/Analyst you will also be responsible for tabulation, analysis, and maintenance of economic data relevant to the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables. This involves applying economic and business knowledge using mathematical skills and computational tools, and providing economic information and analysis to the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables.


Other duties as assigned often include writing briefing notes and responding to Ministerial correspondence and leading and or participating on energy policy committees or working groups.

Qualifications and Experience


As the ideal candidate, you hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with 5 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honours) plus 4 years experience or a Master’s Degree plus 2 years related experience. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of economic theory with the capacity to apply economic analysis including impact models. The nature of the job requires an individual who when presented with a problem, can conceptualize various alternatives to solving the problem and then apply economic analysis techniques to arrive at a conclusion.


The incumbent must have computer skills in database, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Must be proactive, have forward thinking, problem solving skills and a high level of organizational skills. Concern for accuracy and detail and the ability to balance priorities in a fast-paced team environment is required. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary.


Demonstrated skills in strong leadership, with proven ability to build collaborative working relationships within government and external partners are also desired. The ability to work independently is essential. Must be able to work under pressure and provide fast turnaround, at times, when immediate results are required by senior decision makers.



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


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion

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 15  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $3,155.27 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