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Environmental Analyst 1(A)-(B)-2 (Pesticide and Hazardous Materials Specialist)



Competition # : 36252 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/19/2022 (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. For more information, please visit

About Our Opportunity


As the Pesticide and Hazardous Materials Specialist with the Department of Environment and Climate Change, you will be responsible for fulfilling the department’s pesticide and pest management needs as required by the relevant sections of Nova Scotia’s Environment Act and associated regulations including the Pesticide Regulations, and the Non-Essential Pesticides Control Act and associated regulations. You will serve as the department’s specialist on pesticides and conduct analysis and participate in, or lead, initiatives intended to ensure that the province’s policy environment is efficient and effective over time.


You will administer and maintain the department’s Pesticide Certification Program to ensure compliance with national standards and protocols. This will include the administration of 14 categories of certificates including applicators, vendors and business operators.

Primary Accountabilities


As lead for the Pesticide Certification Program you will:

•    develop requirements for certification; 
•    develop education and training material; 
•    oversee the delivery of regional certification exams (primarily delivered on-line via a learning   management system but with in-person options);
•    administer the certification database; and 
•    deliver the Pesticides Re-Certification Points Program that offers an alternative to testing. 

The Pesticide and Hazardous Materials Specialist participates on the federal, provincial, territorial committee for the development of national standards and a sub-committee on pesticide education, training and certification. You will also represent the department on other working committees involving federal, provincial or industry members. 

By leading the development of a strategic approach and managing projects you will enhance the performance of the program areas. You will provide expertise, analysis, and project management skills in the pesticides area and also use these skills to work with a team in overseeing the administration of the Hazardous Materials Program which includes legislation and regulations under the Environment Act, Dangerous Good Management Regulations, the Asbestos Regulations, and associated policies, standards and procedures. 

You will contribute to the review of environmental assessments and applications for departmental approvals pertaining to pesticides and hazardous materials. This will include the development of terms and conditions necessary to mitigate environmental impacts.    

You will also be a point of contact for stakeholder inquiries and will be required to prepare and deliver briefing materials, present to small and large audiences, and on occasion may be required to address media requests.

Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor’s Degree (B. Sc./B.A) plus two (2) years related experience; or an acceptable combination of training and experience  may be considered.
As the successful candidate, you will demonstrate a progression of knowledge and experience gained in positions of increasing responsibility relating to pesticides and hazardous materials management. You will have a strong knowledge of the applicable federal and provincial policy environments for pesticides and hazardous materials in Nova Scotia and in other jurisdictions across Canada. 

Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate scientific and technical information to technical professionals, departmental staff, and the public. You must be able to work independently in a deadline driven environment and adjust to changing priorities as well as  develop and maintain effective working relationships within government, the business sector, with non-governmental organizations, and academia. 

A strong knowledge and ability in strategic planning, leadership, consensus building, and working in a team environment is required. 

Knowledge/experience/capabilities in the following will be considered assets:

•working in a regulatory capacity involving pesticides and hazardous materials 
•compliance promotion tools 
•determination of risk (including ecotoxicological impacts)
•adult education and or experience with Learning Management Systems (e.g. Moodle) 

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 or will result in termination of your employment.  



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

Additional Information


This competition is to fill a Permanent employment opportunity based in Halifax.


This position offers an option for flexible working.

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 10 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,121.77 - $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