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Program Admin Officer 4 (Resource Forester)

Date: Jan 8, 2018

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia


Competition # 7806  


Program Admin Officer 4 (Resource Forester), Permanent, HALIFAX   


Natural Resources 


Posting Closing Date: 1/31/2018   


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Divisional Overview


The Renewable Resources Branch provides direction on policy, planning and program development in the areas of industry development and resource promotion, resource inventories and research, and the preparation of strategies and plans for the integrated development, management and conservation of the province's forests, parks and wildlife resources


As part of the Renewable Resources Branch the Resource Management Division is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the implementation of forest management programs designed to help ensure the long-term viability of the forest industry in the Province.
  • Developing procedures and standards for Crown lands forest management programs and temporary uses
  • Negotiating, amending and monitoring agreements for the license, tender or lease of Crown lands forest products, aggregate, and peatland development.
  • Reviewing forest management plans, recommending budgets and monitoring progress of field implementation.
  • Recommending development of information technologies and applications that will aid in their goals



Are you looking to make a difference and contribute to Nova Scotia’s resource management? The Resource Forester must be an enthusiastic individual as they will be a senior representative of the department when liaising with staff, forest industry, other government agencies and non-government organizations on resource management issues and programs for Crown and private lands. 


As the Resource Forester, you will negotiate forestry agreements and arrangements with industry and other resource use groups and will be responsible for the implementation and delivery of assigned Provincial Resource Management programs. You will also provide support with program and policy development.


You will ensure that forest harvest and improvement work are completed to provincial technical standards and meet departmental policies and objectives for resource sustainability. You will be able to showcase your analytical skills and provide sound recommendations based on your broad knowledge of the resource, potential use and industry. This will include program budget authority to propose, allocate, forecast and approve expenditures.


Your decision-making skills will be vital as you will provide advice and guidance to field staff and stakeholders with regard to policies, administrative requirement, procedures and work standards. You will encourage practices and operational planning that will optimize short and long term wood fibre flows by using your strong knowledge and comprehension of provincial analysis of wood supply and the transfer of critical information to industry operations. You will work with staff to remove or reduce barriers to optimization of wood fibre flow while meeting new forestry directions and natural resources strategy objectives.


If you are looking to lead the implementation and supervision of forest management planning and facilitate linkages with other divisions, industry and new initiatives, this position is for you.


The Resource Forester reports to Director of Resource Management.



Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and 6 years related experience. An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.


Your comprehensive knowledge of resource management principles, practices, objectives, policies and procedures as well as federal and provincial regulations concerning natural resources will serve you well in this position. You have expert knowledge regarding national, provincial and regional forestry issues and topics as well as forestry and wildlife policies, regulations and guidelines. You are familiar with Nova Scotia natural resource and private land issues, and provincial government program delivery and budgeting. 


To be successful in this role, you must have good teamwork skills and be able to demonstrate project leadership and project management skills. Excellent communication skills, organizational ability, resourcefulness, initiative, well developed inter-personal skills, tact and diplomacy are essential. You must also be able to work under minimal supervision.


Proficiency in computer applications such as e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software are required.


A working knowledge of ArcGIS, computer software used in land planning, data management and communication, government budgeting processes, as well as experience in forest ecosystem management are desired assets.

Special Statement


Please note this is a repost of 5136 and candidates who have applied previously need not apply again.


The department is committed to regional work and we are willing to negotiate if the successful candidate would like to work out of DNR satellite offices on a part time basis. However some work will need to be required within the HRM.


Pay Grade:  PR 17  


Salary Range:  $2,717.00 - $3,191.00 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. Applicants applying for this opportunity must clearly indicate in their covering letter or resume that he/she is currently a Nova Scotia Government Civil Service Employee and a member of the NSGEU and include their Employee ID.  Failure to do so means that your application will not be given first consideration and will only be included if external applications are pursued. Your Employee Self-Serve access will allow you to confirm what your employment status and ID number are prior to applying for this restricted position.


External applicants and current casual Nova Scotia Government employees will only be considered if there are no qualified Nova Scotia Government Civil Service NSGEU bargaining unit candidates.


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.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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