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Financial Services Officer (Financial Services Officer 1)



Competition # : 33644 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/7/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks, and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, 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 Financial Services Officer, you will report to the western Region Director, Regional Services, and will be responsible for providing coordination and assistance in budget preparation and analysis of financial reports for a variety of regional budget areas.  You will maintain all financial records and perform various other functions associated with daily administration including payroll, HR reporting, management guidelines, records management, inventory control, and correspondence coordination.


Primary Accountabilities


You will provide administrative support to the Director and Managers within the region as required.  You are critical in providing a full range of general accounting and administration support to our group. You will also provide functional supervision and training to multiple administrative support positions.


Qualifications and Experience


Successful candidates will have completed two years of post-secondary accounting training and three years of related experience. An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered. 


A working knowledge of generally accepted accounting practices and principles is essential. You must demonstrate a sound understanding of computerized financial systems such as SAP (or equivalent) and must be able to demonstrate intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft Excel.


The ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple activity areas, tasks, and projects while working under minimal supervision is essential.  You have excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills which will enable you to interact with and develop strong relationships with co-workers and colleagues in other parts of government. You have proven ability to use discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive financial information. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint is required.


You bring an innovative approach to your work to provide the most effective financial information possible, ensuring expenditures remain within the scope throughout the region. You demonstrate a collaborative approach and an ability to develop others to provide direction to management and staff on all matters related to best administrative practices, procurement of goods, human resource transactions etc.


In-depth knowledge of government policy and procedures related to procurement of goods and services, accounting, finance, inventory control, budget forecasting would be a considerable asset.


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.


Working Conditions


Normal work hours will be Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Occasional overtime may be needed to meet seasonal or specific deadlines.


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 News Release


Position is based out of Lunenburg Office. (Other western locations may be considered depending on office availability).


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:  TE 18  

Salary Range:  $1,748.13 - $2,052.93 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