Land Administration Officer (Planning Technician)



Competition # : 42972 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 28-Jun-24 ​ (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.

The Land Administration Division oversees the administration of Crown lands and manages matters relating to acquisition and disposal of Crown lands and interests in Crown lands. This includes applications for: structures/activities on submerged Crown lands; campsite leases; leasing of Crown lands; letters of authority for trails; and applications for other activities on Crown lands. These activities are vital to the economic, environmental, recreational, and social well-being of the province.

About Our Opportunity


If you are a detail-oriented person who thrives working in a fast-paced environment, we have an exciting opportunity for you to explore with the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables  as a Land Administration Officer (Planning Technician 3).

Reporting to the Manager, Acquisitions and Disposals, the Land Administration Officer is one of ten responsible for supporting the administration, acquisition and disposal of Crown lands under the Crown Lands Act and other relevant legislation and policies.

As the Land Administration Officer, you will deliver client services related to land transactions on behalf of several government departments and agencies, including: Department of Environment and Climate Change, Department of Economic Development, as well as L’nu Affairs.

Primary Accountabilities


You will also be responsible for:

  • Managing a portfolio of land transactions in a timely way for internal and external clients, drafting high quality documents and reports. You will analyze documents, ensuring deadlines are met, processing appropriate file actions which includes: engaging land appraisers and reviewing appraisals; collecting rents and fees; negotiating appropriate transaction prices by using appropriate legislation, policies, research and approved fee schedules;
  • Ensuring applications and requests comply with programs, commitments, priorities, policies, mandates and legislation relevant to the Department and Government by maintaining a detailed understanding of applicable law and policies;
  • Effectively administering files by maintaining timely and accurate records;
  • Ensuring the duty of the Crown to consult with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia is fulfilled by following Departmental procedures in a timely manner, which includes, but is not limited to, assessing and analyzing data, drafting correspondence, coordinating with appropriate stakeholders and updating records.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a 2-year Planning Technician course such as a Paralegal or Survey Technician plus 6 years related experience; an acceptable equivalency of training and experience may be considered. Also, you must have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of real property law with a general understanding of survey procedures, property appraisals, geographic information systems, and environmental practices related to land use.

You must be an exceptional communicator, both oral and written, with a demonstrated ability to use diplomacy and resourcefulness in dealing with clients, the public, stakeholders, management, and senior government officials in all levels of government and various departments and agencies.

You must have previous experience reviewing, interpreting, analyzing and summarizing complex files, contracts, and legal documents. The successful candidate must have initiative and good judgement in planning work according to program priorities and deadlines.

You are a team player with outstanding interpersonal skills. You must be able to effectively work independently, responding to a high volume of work. Strong organizational skills are required to establish priorities, meet deadlines and respond to work demands efficiently.

You have previous experience working in a fast-paced computerized environment with the ability to work with minimal supervision.

A thorough understanding of the land and property related statutes, regulations and policies administered by the Department of Natural Resources  and Renewables, as well as a general understanding of land and property legislation administered by other government departments and agencies would be an asset.

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.



  • Completion of a 1 year paralegal program along with 7 years of related experience;
  • 8 years of related experience with no past secondary program completion 

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 a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions


Majority of time in an office environment.

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:  TE 24  

Salary Range:  $2,370.01 - $2,791.38 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