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Provincial Agricultural Diversity Programming Coordinator(Program Admin Officer 3) (Designated)


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Competition # : 31136 

Department: Agriculture

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/22/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Mi’kmaw descent who have a good understanding of the history and experiences of Mi’kmaq people and communities.

About Us

The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities. Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.

More specifically, the Regional Services Division provides farmers, agri-food entrepreneurs, and rural organizations with locally based services and programs that are focused on industry competitiveness and delivered through a coordinated approach among our six offices located across the Province. Core objectives include outstanding client service, partnerships, leadership development, cooperation and collaboration with the goal of growing the industry, strengthening communities and creating a sustainable and profitable agricultural industry.

Within the Regional Services Division, the Regional Programming section is responsible for public trust programming, including the Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia program, and Knowledge and Technology Transfer, which strengthens the connections between researchers and industry. Regional Programming also provides provincial level support to staff in the regional offices, through coordination, development of networks, research, and resource development in priority areas, including work with under-represented groups in the agriculture and food sectors.


About Our Opportunity


As the Provincial Agricultural Diversity Programming Coordinator, you will provide support, under the guidance of the Senior Diversity Programming Specialist, for the delivery of agricultural programs aimed at improving the participation of Mi’kmaw people in Nova Scotia’s food and agriculture sector. The primary role of this position is to provide leadership in identifying opportunities and innovations in regional programming for youth development, agricultural education, community food security, and agricultural extension programming for Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq communities, both on and off reserve. In addition, another primary role of this position is to engage these communities in the development of a specialized strategy to increase their participation in the agriculture and food sectors. The Regional Services Division has developed a Diversity & Inclusion Action Plan in which we have committed to take proactive measures to create a welcoming environment for all Nova Scotians to participate in the agriculture and food sectors. We recognize the historical exclusion of Mi’kmaw communities from these sectors and are excited to learn about ways that the Department of Agriculture can contribute in meaningful ways to Mi’kmaw communities.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Provides independent, specialized expertise for the development of a government strategy to improve agriculture and food entrepreneurship, community food security, agricultural education, and agricultural career promotion among indigenous communities.
  • Assists the Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia program with the development and delivery of classroom resources and student programs, including resources for Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Schools.
  • Supports the implementation of the first year of the Department of Agriculture’s new entrance scholarship and summer work experience for a Mi’kmaw post-secondary student.
  • Acts as a cultural liaison between Mi’kmaw communities and organizational bodies, the Department of Agriculture and the broader agricultural community.


Qualifications and Experience

As the ideal candidate you will have a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years of work experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


The following skills or work experience would be assets:

  • Youth leadership development and/or classroom experience
  • Experience in the agriculture or food sectors, including at the community food security level
  • Experience leading community-based projects
  • Strong networking, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to bring a two-eyed seeing lens to a non-indigenous workplace


Applicants should demonstrate their education and experience in their application, should they not meet the above specifications.



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


  • This role is primarily based in an office environment. You may be working at your computer for extended periods of time.
  • Office location is flexible and can be arranged at any of the following locations: Sydney, Truro-Bible Hill, or Kentville.
  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion
  • Must have access to reliable transportation


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 13  

Salary Range:  $2,396.86 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly




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