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Manager, Project Operations



Competition # : 35225 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/2/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Geoscience and Mines Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables studies, interprets and reports on mineral resource and environmental geoscience issues, and promotes mineral development opportunities to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from the sector. Within the Branch, the Geological Survey Division includes, amongst others, a team of geologists largely responsible for delivering mineral resource, environmental, and data management/dissemination geoscience programs, mineral-investment promotional activities, and providing geoscience advice to government, the public and mineral industry stakeholders.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the Director of the Geological Survey Division, the Manager, Project Operations is accountable for the management and technical oversight of geoscience teams and projects which fulfill the needs of government, the minerals industry, and all other users of geoscience information in Nova Scotia.


Primary Accountabilities


The primary accountabilities of the successful candidate are to provide technical and science direction to the Geological Survey’s geoscientists and geoscience teams to collect and disseminate relevant, timely and accessible information and advice required for the development of the Province's geological resources, as well as geoscience information required for assessing the risks to human and ecological health, safety, and the Province’s infrastructure from natural geological hazards.  The successful candidate may also collaborate with Geological Survey geoscientists, other geoscientists, university- and industry-based researchers to contribute to field-based geoscience studies in Nova Scotia.


Qualifications and Experience


As a minimum, you will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience or a related technical discipline, plus 5 years of experience in a related field of which you will have progressive management experience. The incumbent must be eligible for registration with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia. 


As the successful candidate, you demonstrate knowledge of: i) Nova Scotia’s geology and the geology of the northeast Appalachians, ii) mineral deposit environments in the region, iii) current trends in Nova Scotia’s mineral exploration industry and, iv) current issues related to public geoscience in Nova Scotia, including environmental geoscience and natural hazards.


As the successful candidate you will have proven experience in planning and managing geoscience projects, and managing human and financial resources.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Decisiveness, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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.




Equivalency includes but is not limited to:

  • A Masters degree in Geoscience or a related technical discipline, with 3 years of related experience.
  • A 2 year diploma in Geoscience or a related technical discipline with 7 years of related experience.


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


Most of the Manager’s time is spent in an office and at a desk with frequent opportunities to move for formal and informal meetings with staff and colleagues. Visits to staff in a field environment may require highway driving, off-road travel, and walking over rough terrain with moderate exertion. Field visits will require wearing personal protective safety equipment such as goggles, hard hats, and appropriate footwear. Occasional out-of-province travel to meetings, conferences and mineral industry conferences may be required.


Additional Information


The position requires an individual with a high degree of geoscience expertise, credibility with senior management, staff, and stakeholders.


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, and connected. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless career paths. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 - $4,322.75 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