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Junior Aquaculture Admin Officer - Summer Student



Competition # : 39112 

Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture


Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/1/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, Racially Visible Persons, and Persons with a Disability. You must self-identify during the application process.


Indigenous - persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit


African Nova Scotian - is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.


Racially Visible Persons - persons, other than Indigenous people or African Nova Scotians, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.


Persons with Disabilities - persons who, for the purposes of employment, identify themselves or believe that an employer is likely to consider that the workplace environment may create a barrier due to a long-term or recurring physical, mental, sensory, hearing, neurological psychiatric or learning disability.

About Us


We’re recruiting for summer students to help our province achieve big things!

Aquaculture is the farming of fish and seafood (including marine plants) in fresh or saltwater. Aquaculture contributes to the prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities.

The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has a mandate to manage, promote, support, and develop the fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing industries that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. Check out our website at to learn more.

About Our Opportunity


As the Junior Aquaculture Administration Officer, you will gain practical administrative and operational experience and receive training and mentorship from highly qualified public service professionals. This is the perfect opportunity to start your career and gain an understanding of the provincial government.


You will assist staff with a range of duties, which support the administration of the Aquaculture Division and contribute to the overall mandate of Fisheries and Aquaculture by:

  • Organizing, filing, and preparing documents
  • Inputting and analyzing data
  • Maintaining and updating files and records
  • Providing assistance to the other sections of the Division such as Operations, Development and Aquatic Animal Health

You will work with our Aquaculture Division to support the sustainable development of our province’s aquaculture sector. In your role with our team, you will play a part in the development of the aquaculture and marine plants sector by supporting the delivery of our regulatory programs. More specifically, you’ll work closely with the Aquaculture Development and Operations Divisions which are responsible for aquaculture management and development, field and lab operations and aquaculture and rockweed site reviews. You’ll have the opportunity to visit aquaculture operations, learn about the aquaculture site review and approval process and participate in office, lab and field work duties related to the environmental monitoring program.

There may also be opportunities to be an occasional crew member on our boat, the Ocean Prosperity, for local aquaculture site visits.

There will be opportunity to learn about the role of government in regulation, as well as how other provincial and federal departments work together.

You’ll be working in our Shelburne office which is home to members of our Aquaculture Operations, Development and Licensing and Leasing teams. You’ll have the opportunity to work independently on specific projects/tasks and carry out field assignments with the team that may take you to locations within Nova Scotia including the Department’s head office in Halifax and to other coastal communities throughout Nova Scotia. 

About You


You are a student, currently enrolled in a high-school (grade 11 or 12) or a post-secondary education program and returning to school in the fall or next applicable semester.

As the ideal candidate, you:

• are familiar with computers including office software such as Microsoft Word and Excel;

• are organized and able to prioritize your work;

• demonstrate excellent communication and customer service skills when responding to enquiries by phone or email;

• consistently maintain confidentiality.

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.

Additional Information


This is an employment equity designated student job posting open to students attending any of the following for the 2023-2024 curriculum year: High School (grade 11 and up), College, University.

Please note, this position is a summer student position and has an anticipated end date of September 1st, 2023.

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:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $14.90 - $26.78 Hourly   


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.


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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