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Government Enforcement Agent (Investigator)



Competition # : 37274 

Department: Justice

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/2/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Public Safety and Security Division is committed to supporting the safety and security of Nova Scotians by collaborating with various stakeholders and communities across the country. We provide a range of programs, supports, and services, which are in accordance with provincial and federal legislation. We are committed to ensuring services are accessible and representative of the communities we serve.


The Public Safety and Security Division is comprised of the following Units:


  • Policing Strategies
  • Public Safety Investigations
  • Corporate Security
  • Provincial Firearms Program
  • Security Programs Office
  • Service Dog Program


For more information on the Department of Justice Public Safety and Security Division please visit the following link:

About Our Opportunity


As member of the Public Safety Investigative Section (PSIS), as Government Enforcement Agent (Investigator), and under the guidance of the Director – Public Safety Investigations, you are responsible for conducting investigations and enforcement activities in accordance with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.


Furthermore, you conduct investigations under the Maintenance Enforcement Act.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Conducts provincial statute investigations into individuals and properties who are involved in the activities specified in the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act.
  • Compiles and completes detailed confidential reports for unit records, evidentiary purposes, court purposes, dissemination to federal, provincial, and municipal law enforcement agencies, and any other sources the Government Enforcement Agent may use.
  • Provides assistance to individuals and groups submitting applications under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, provides evidence to the Courts for applications under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, and may testify in Court for a Community Safety Order.
  • Collaborates with provincial and federal law enforcement agencies, Crown agencies, municipal governments and public support agencies to ensure effective application of the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act program, sharing of information and development of strong interagency co-operation.
  • Conducts Investigations on behalf of the Director of the Maintenance Enforcement Program utilizing a variety of investigative techniques including social media, surveillance, and field investigation.
  • Responsible for the safe handling, storage, transportation and maintenance of his/her firearm, other restricted weapons including O.C. spray and extendable baton, and any technological equipment belonging to the Section.
  • Briefs the Director of Public Safety Investigations accordingly to ensure the Province is able to meet its goals and objectives within the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act and security programs.

Qualifications and Experience


To be considered for this position, you possess a university degree, or have successfully completed law enforcement training. Alternatively, you have the education and experience in regulatory enforcement environment.

You must possess five to ten years of relevant enforcement experience (or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience).

Additionally, you have two to five years of experience in conducting investigations.

You have extensive knowledge and practical application of the following:

Previous experience using a firearm
law enforcement principles, practices and techniques
federal and provincial legislation, statutes, regulations and policies related to enforcement

The following knowledge is considered an asset:

investigative, interview and surveillance techniques, theories and practices;
court and legal processes and procedures 


You also possess exceptional verbal and written communication skills demonstrating the ability to establish productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

The Government of Nova Scotia has adopted the LEADS Leadership Framework. During the interview, candidates will be expected to express how they have demonstrated the key behaviours and capabilities required to effectively lead in a caring and inclusive environment. LEADS Domains includes Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation.

Please go to the following link for more information: LEADS (

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.



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


  • In this position you are required to work irregular hours including ad-hoc nights and weekends
  • Will be required to work overtime.
  • Stressful work environment given extensive exposure to high emotional issues.
  • This position is required to use and carry a firearm, when applicable
  • The need to carry equipment up to 20 kilograms during an investigation is required.
  • May work alone in confined spaces without breaks and in extreme weather and temperature conditions. There is a requirement to crawl, climb, work at heights over ten feet and carry equipment weighing up to 20 kg.

Additional Information


This is a permanent, full-time position based in Sydney, Nova Scotia.


You must be eligible for a heightened security clearance and authorized to carry a firearm, O.C. spray and extendable baton. You must also possess a valid driver’s license.


You will be required to attend, and successfully complete position specific training including use of force, firearms and surveillance training and will be appointed as a Special Constable pursuant to the Police Act 2006.

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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,143.79 - $3,929.78 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.


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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