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Inspector (Specialist) 3 (Conservation Officer) (Designated)



Competition # : 33000 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Permanent & Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/22/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants who identify as Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and have lived experiences within the community.


About Us


At the department of Environment and Climate Change, our mission is to conserve, protect and promote our fish, wildlife, natural environments and other resources through safety, education and law enforcement. We achieve this through a dedicated Conservation Officer Service, responsible for the enforcement of wildlife and fisheries laws which will ensure the continued enjoyment of our province for our present and future generations.

About Our Opportunity


As a Conservation Officer with the Department of Environment and Climate Change you will enforce Provincial and Federal Acts and Regulations relating to natural resources through advanced specialized expertise and knowledge in law enforcement and investigations.


You will liaise closely with Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq to facilitate meaningful communication and exchange of information relating to compliance and enforcement programs administered by the department. You will be responsible to establish and maintain relationships with Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and may attend association and community meetings to discuss current issues and/or concerns.


You will also complete compliance checks on all fish products purchased, sold or processed within the province as well as aquaculture sites to ensure they are in accordance with provincial legislation.


Primary Accountabilities


This position will also: 


  • Provide public liaison and education,
  • Conduct field investigations,
  • Gather and secure evidence,
  • Provide testimony in court proceedings and working with other Provincial, Federal and International enforcement agencies.
  • Ensure provisions under the Criminal Code of Canada and other related legislation is adhered to through your status as a Special Constable.
  • Document investigations and other work using electronic and hard copy filing systems

Qualifications and Experience


You will have relevant post-secondary education and at least seven (7) years’ relevant experience.


As the successful candidate, you can demonstrate with evidence experience of:


  • a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement,
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Mi’kmaq culture and presence in Nova Scotia,
  • knowledge of the statutes and regulations administered by the department relating to resource management,
  • effective organizational skills and ability to set priorities,
  • strong communication (verbal and written) as well as excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills,
  • appropriate judgement and response to crisis situations and possess excellent thoroughness when dealing with enforcement / legal / compliance issues,
  • strong computer literacy skills,
  • individual initiative as well as work well within a team environment.

You bring with you a good knowledge of the principles, practices, and culture of Mi’kmaq communities in Nova Scotia. You must be knowledgeable of governmental structure of Mi’kmaq persons, both on and off Reserve.  The ability to communicate in Mi’kmaq would be an asset. 

A valid driver's license (minimum Class 5) is required. 


Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR would be considered an asset.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


Working Conditions


Please note, this position requires wearing a uniform and carrying/certifying on required duty equipment, including sidearm, OC spray, baton, handcuffs and portable radio.  Previous training and/or certification with this equipment would be considered an asset. 


These duties require working evenings, weekends, and holidays.  You will be travelling over all types of geographical terrains found within the province via foot and operating a variety off-highway vehicles, enforcement vehicles and boats in various weather conditions. Occasional travel by aircraft is also required.


Additional Information


We currently have a vacancy for a Permanent employment opportunity located in Baddeck (Victoria County) and a Term employment opportunity located in Hants East (Hants County).  The Term employment opportunity has an anticipated end date of January 31, 2022.  The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


This opportunity will also be used to fill vacancies in other locations throughout the province should they arise within four months of the closing date of this competition, in accordance with Article 13.03 of the Master Agreement.


These are the following office locations:


Western Region: Lunenburg, Queens, Churchover, Tusket, Cornwallis, Lawrencetown, Kentville and Windsor.


Central Region: Waverly, Middle Musquodobit, East Hants (Shubie), Bible Hill, Parrsboro and Oxford


Eastern Region: McLellans Brook, Antigonish, Stillwater, Guysborough, St.Peters, Baddeck and Coxheath


The successful candidate must undergo and pass a security clearance, psychological testing and will be required to submit a driver's abstract.


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 27  

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




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