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Date: Jan 18, 2018

Location: TRURO, NS, CA, B2N 0G9

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia


Competition # 7723 


Director Forestry, Permanent, TRURO  


Natural Resources 


Posting Closing Date: 1/31/2018  


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on your application form, cover letter, or on your resume.

Department Overview


The Department of Natural Resources has broad responsibilities relative to the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the Province’s Crown land.


As vital part of the Renewable Resources branch, the Forestry division is responsible for developing and conducting research to improve forest management practices and develop strategies for sustainable development. We maintain a provincial forest inventory and a comprehensive digital (GIS) database, coordinate the maintenance of scaling standards, manage the provincial forest nursery and develop tools for Integrated Resource Management.



As the Director of Forestry, you will be responsible for the development and management of programs, strategies and policies for the sustainable management and growth of the province’s forest lands. 


You are a seasoned professional who will be accountable for the measurement, reporting and forecasting of the status of Nova Scotia’s forests. Your strong leadership will guide your team in the research, development and implementation of ecological and timber management goals and administration of strategies, policies and legislation for forest sustainability, biodiversity and health. You will also be responsible for forest genetic programs and policies, and forest renewal programs including the production of tree seedlings for reforestation.


We are looking for a leader who shares our passion for Nova Scotia’s forests and are committed to their long-term sustainability and growth.


This position reports to the Executive Director, Renewable Resources Branch.



A university degree in a biological science (which includes forestry) as well as several years of progressive management experience in a similar role or an acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience.


The success of this position requires a combination of strong leadership skills, team-building and a genuine interest and determination in fulfilling the provincial and departmental goals in forestry. You must have a proven record of creative thinking and applying specialized knowledge of forest resource science in the context of government policies.  You are familiar with Canada’s and Nova Scotia’s forest resources, forest industries, the role of public policy and public service science, and current issues with respect to the development and management of forest resources in Nova Scotia.


You are a problem solver and a strong communicator who can resolve issues in an ever-changing environment. You are also an innovator who generates, promotes and implements new ideas, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders and resolving concerns arising from the resulting changes these ideas would produce.


Experience with government, forest-related business and/or a policy organization will be considered an asset, especially in combination with experience in policy and planning. Demonstrated experience in change management initiatives will also be considered an asset.

Special Statement


This is a repost of 6101



Strategic Orientation

Developing Others

Team Leadership

Self-Awareness & Personal Impact

Effective Interactive Communication

Partnering & Relationship Building

Intercultural Diversity Proficiency


Pay Grade:  EC 14  


Salary Range:  $3,478.00 - $4,348.00 Bi-Weekly


 We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.


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 or will result in termination of your employment.


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