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Inspector Specialist 3


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Competition # : 31031 

Department: Environment and Climate Change


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/17/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change’s vision is to be a leader in regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. We protect the environment, human health, and the welfare of animals. Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations under the mandate of the Department. We strive 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.

About Our Opportunity


The Inspection, Compliance and Enforcement division is responsible for the majority of field operations relating to environmental protection. We are looking for well rounded individuals with technical and scientific skills, who enjoy working with the public and who have an interest in protecting the environment and environmental health of Nova Scotians.  This exciting employment opportunity offers challenging field and investigative work in a diverse work environment.  As a regulatory, enforcement and compliance agency, our Inspector Specialists must be able to deal with the public and provide superior client service, even in difficult or confrontational situations.  Successful candidates must be able to work independently and think on their feet, confidently respond to environmental emergencies, and demonstrate strong investigative skills. As a problem solver, inspectors use their analytical skills to find solutions to daily challenges.      


Reporting to the District Manager, the Inspector Specialist 3 will work in a fast-paced and changing environment while being responsible for enforcing regulations and responding to complaints relating to the protection of the environment and public health. 

Primary Accountabilities


 On a typical day, you can expect to:


  • Conduct inspections and audits of facilities to enforce regulations and compliance with approvals;
  • Respond to environmental emergencies during and after normal working hours;
  • Conduct investigations of complaints and gather detailed information for reports;
  • Issue Summary Offence Tickets, Long Form Prosecutions and other enforcement;
  • Testify and gather evidence for court appearances;
  • Promote compliance by holding educational sessions in the community;
  • Write letters, reports and prepare ministerial briefings;
  • Utilize a computer notification and approval processing system;
  • Explain technical concepts to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Write terms and conditions for approvals; and
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience


To be successful within this role, you will have completed related trade or technical training in the specialty area (environmental technology, environmental studies, environmental engineering, and/or environmental health) as well as possess 7 years of related experience after course completion or an acceptable equivalent. Related experience and/or training in several of the core areas will be required which includes well construction; water treatment; water quality; waste water treatment; on-site sewage disposal systems; contaminated sites; watercourse and wetlands; air emissions; industrial activities; pesticides; solid waste; compliance; inspection and enforcement.


As the successful candidate you will also:


  • Be proficient in computer applications and report writing;
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Have the ability to plan and demonstrate strong organizational skills;
  • Be able to interpret and explain legislation and technical matters;
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve complex issues and make decisions;
  • Be self-motivated and versatile in the work environment;
  • Work well independently as well as in a team environment; and,
  • Manage difficult or confrontational situations in a calm and efficient manner.


We will assess the above qualifications 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.

Additional Information


Must be eligible for Special Constable Status, which requires a criminal record check. 


Must have a valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable motor vehicle.


This position requires the wearing of identifiable clothing.


This is a term employment opportunity with anticipated end date of October 8, 2021. The appointment status term is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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 for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  TE 27  

Salary Range:  $2,515.87 - $2,922.17 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:


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 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