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Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 1-2)



Competition # : 34118 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/28/2022 (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 animal 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.


Nova Scotia Environment - Department

About Our Opportunity


The Policy Analyst works with a team of professionals to implement provincial commitments on Nova Scotia’s Cap and Trade Program and other climate change mitigation actions. The policy analyst supports work on developing the Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth to be released in 2022, implementing the plan, and reporting on progress.


The Policy Analyst provides research and analysis and supports the development and implementation of programs, policies and regulations related to Nova Scotia’s climate change goals, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and developing the clean economy. The Policy Analyst is able to analyze and make recommendations on policy and program development while considering the wide scope of issues including environmental and economic impacts, potential contribution to equity and inclusion, innovative opportunities and national and international trends.


They can build collaborative teams and networks, which can be called upon to advance provincial climate change goals. They will conduct, commission, and communicate research, synthesize data, carry out complex analysis and use strategic planning and evaluation to inform, develop and monitor policy frameworks and strategies for Nova Scotia’s climate change policies. They will utilize this information to help assess and enhance the capacity of provincial and local governments, NGOs, industries, and communities that contribute to Nova Scotia’s climate change targets.


They provide support for interdepartmental, divisional, and regional team projects and may be asked to represent the Province and Department on intra- and inter-provincial committees and at regional, national, and international meetings.  They may occasionally be called upon to apply for external grant funding to support these projects and regularly called upon to advise senior executives, provincial, municipal, and federal government departments, communities, and industry. 

Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business, or other relevant post-secondary concentration. Related experience is considered an asset. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of climate change policy is mandatory.


Knowledge of current key provincial, national, and international climate change policies, programs and plans as well as a good understanding of how regulation, policies and programs may affect industry, NGO and community sectors is required.  Demonstrated experience in research, planning, project management, critical thinking and analysis are required.  Demonstrated understanding of climate science, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change adaptation, equity and anti-racism, and community development will be considered an asset.


The ability to apply theory and best practice in order to identify creative, practical and defensible approaches to overcome challenges is an asset as is the ability to recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues. 


Excellent verbal and written communication and persuasion skills are required. The willingness and ability to share data, ideas and experiences with colleagues that may assist with policy planning or partnership building is a strong asset, as is the ability and desire to forge strong relationships of trust and collaboration across all levels of government and all sectors. 




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Equivalent experience and training include, but are not limited to:


  • Minimum  4 years of related experience in Environmental Sciences, Economics, Business, or other relevant areas specific to climate change policy.



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Some travel may be required but most of the work can be completed remotely.     

Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release.

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 06 - PR 10  

Salary Range:  $1,805.02 - $2,588.45 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