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Social Worker 1(A)-(B)-2 (Hiring Pool - Yarmouth, Granville)

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: Multiple Locations, NS, CA, B5A 2T1

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29210 

Department: Community Services

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/2/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Hiring Pool


This posting will be used to establish a Hiring Pool for Yarmouth and Granville locations in the Western Region. This Hiring Pool will be used to fill Permanent, Term, Temporary and Casual opportunities.


Please Note: Casual work (less than 10 weeks duration) is non-bargaining unit status work and successful applicants will not be considered to have bargaining unit status.


In accordance with the civil service collective agreement, the order of consideration will be ‘expression of interest’ applicants, internal applicants, then external applicants.  As a result, external applicants, please note that your application will be considered primarily for casual, temporary or term positions.


About Us

The staff of Community Services help thousands of Nova Scotians in vulnerable situations.  We offer various programs, including Child, Youth & Family Support, Employment Support & Income Assistance, and Disability Support Programs.  The Department of Community Services (DCS) is committed to a social service system that helps people be as independent as possible and reach their full potential. We want a system that makes it easy for Nova Scotians to find the services they need, and we want those services to be there for years to come. Simply put, we want better results for Nova Scotians, and we need your help to get this done!


For more information on our Department please click here:


About Our Opportunity

Under the provisions of the Children and Family Services Act, the Social Worker ensures the child has a permanency plan, that they are protected from abuse and neglect, as well as provides ongoing services to parents and children and assesses families for placement of children.

Social Workers are appointed by the Minister of Community Services, as outlined in section 6 (1) of the Children and Family Services Act:

There may be appointed by the Minister, in accordance with the Civil Service Act, such persons as the Minister may designate to carry out duties in accordance with this Act and the regulations.


Primary Accountabilities

You will provide a wide variety of professional child welfare services which may include protection services for children; development, coordination, and implementation of foster care and adoption services (Including the assessment of homes, training and supports services to foster parents); and planning and supervision of children in care and custody.


On a rotating schedule you will be required to provide child protection services for a designated area, after regular business hours including weekends and reporting to the provincial after hours response team.


You are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of children. As a Social Worker you intervene under the Children and Family Services Act, and in accordance with the legislation and policies of the program, to protect children from abuse or neglect; provide ongoing services to parents and children; and assess families for placement of children.


Qualifications and Experience

You must have completed your Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW); or are a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who is currently classified and practicing as a social worker in the field of child welfare. Previous child welfare experience will be considered an asset.

You must be eligible for registration with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.  Knowledge of child development, family functioning, child abuse and neglect, as well as effective intervention strategies with individuals and families is required. Knowledge of the Children and Family Service Act is a definite asset.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



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

The majority of your work involves meeting with clients in their homes or service providers at their place of business. This necessitates considerable driving time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. While present in the office, time is spent sitting in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.

You are often required to work beyond regular business hours on short notice. Personal resiliency is essential to meet the physical and emotional demands of this position.  You will be subjected to a high degree of stress and must be able to work under pressure and in crisis situations.


Additional Information

You may be eligible for reimbursement of your registration fees to the NS College of Social Workers.

You must have a valid driver’s licence and have the ability to travel when responding to various work site locations. Travel expenses will be covered in accordance with the collective agreement, policies and procedures.

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 09 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,028.21 - $3,139.57 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