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Senior Development Officer (Planning and Development Officer 3)

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2T9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29060 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/9/2021​ (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 Lands and Forestry 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.

About Our Opportunity


As the Senior Development Officer, you will be responsible for researching, planning and implementing forestry economic and resources development and trade projects and initiatives, within the mandate of the department.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role will include: 


  • Developing, facilitating, promoting, researching, and providing expertise on the development and implementation of forest sector related policy and program initiatives and projects. 
  • Providing specific natural resource advice/ recommendations to senior management, Minister, Deputy Minister and Executive Council regarding industry and resource development issues. 
  • Preparing reports, briefing notes, presentations, and correspondence for senior staff, Deputy Minister, Minister or Executive Council. 
  • Contributing expertise and representing the Department as a senior member in government or industry forums/committees dealing with natural resource development. 
  • Assisting the Manager to promote and facilitate private sector investment in the forest resource sector to increase economic output and job creation. 
  • Identify and promote industrial investment opportunities. 
  •  Planning and implementing sector wide industrial initiatives. 


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor’s degree along with 5 years of related experience; an equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.  Related experience includes experience with international trade, economic development, natural resource management. Professional designations such as P.Eng. PMP, CPA are considered assets. 

As the ideal candidate you are highly proficient with analysing numbers, forecasts, and budgets.

You possess exceptional research, organizational, interpersonal, communication (verbal/written) skills. You also have analytical problem-solving abilities, and project management along with previous experience in MS Excel, MS Project, MS PowerPoint and/or similar software. 


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.



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Travel within and outside of the province may be required.


At times there may be visits to industry operational sites and/ or production facilities.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  PR 17  

Salary Range:  $2,899.09 - $3,404.96 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). 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