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Senior Policy Analyst (Program Admin Officer 4)



Competition # : 35890 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/13/2022​ (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 welfare 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 also 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.


This position is based in within the Climate Change Division’s Adaptation team. Governments, businesses, and communities are taking action to adapt and respond to the effects of the changing climate and prepare for future changes. We help government departments, their stakeholders, and other external groups to understand current and future impacts and risks of climate change on their operations, sector(s), mandate and goals, as well as broader implications for Nova Scotian communities, economy, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Through data, research, training, engagement, and partnerships, we support the development of adaptation efforts that reflect best research and practice and result in meaningful and measurable progress.


Nova Scotia Environment - Department

About Our Opportunity


As a senior policy analyst, you will report to the Manager of Research and Knowledge Mobilization with timely, strategic analysis and advice to ensure well-informed decisions are made on climate change adaption policy and programs. You will be knowledgeable of the latest climate science and adaptation research and practice, acting as one of the government’s main subject matter experts in this field.


Primary Accountabilities


In this role:

  • You will conduct and commission research studies, synthesize data, and carry out complex analysis and use strategic planning and evaluation to inform, develop and monitor changes in local climate change risks, resilience, and adaptive capacities.
  • You will work with others within and external to government to identify and prioritize knowledge and research gaps and opportunities within an ongoing cycle of climate risk-related research.
  • You will provide advice to government on adaptation options and how to effectively assess climate resilience, adaptive capacity, and adaptation progress.
  • Your work will help to inform adaptation priorities and how strategies and programs are adjusted over time, including in consideration of systemic inequities and socially just adaptation.
  • You will oversee your own projects, including design, contracting, and budgets.
  • You will work closely with others on the team to move knowledge to action, such as through multi-stakeholder workshops and sensemaking, consultations, and preparing public-facing reports and other communication materials.
  • You will work collaboratively with others in the Adaptation team, the Climate Change Division, department and beyond on shared goals and commitments.


Qualifications and Experience

As the successful candidate, you have a bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geography, Public Policy etc.) and 6 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Additionally, you possess the following: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the field of climate change science and adaptation/resilience.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting or contributing to risk, resilience, vulnerability and/or adaptive capacity assessments and familiarity with a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. 
  • Expert knowledge of current key provincial, national and international climate change adaptation policies, programs and plans as well as a strong understanding of these may affect government, industry, and community sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in strategic planning and outcome-oriented project management, effective approaches to facilitation and stakeholder engagement, listening and negotiation, critical thinking and analysis, along with excellent verbal and written communication (including preparing persuasive and engaging presentations and reports).
  • A proven track record of working both independently and collaboratively with a team and leading multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral teams.


The following would be considered an asset: 

  • Familiarity with wellbeing, Two-Eyed Seeing, intersectionality, equity, diversity, inclusion, and socially just adaptation.
  • The ability to apply theory and best practice to identify creative, practical, and defensible approaches to overcome challenges
  • The ability to recognize and articulate appropriate approaches to policy issues.
  • Knowledge/experience in participatory action research and innovative and effective approaches to stakeholder engagement and science and risk communication.



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.


Equivalencies include, but are not limited to:


  • Minimum 10 years of related experience in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Climate Science, Public Policy or other relevant areas specific to climate change policy, OR
  • Master's degree in Environmental Sciences/Economics/Business/Public Policy or other relevant areas + 4 years of experience in environment/climate 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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

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 17  

Salary Range:  $2,913.59 - $3,421.98 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