Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate


Apply By: 12/10/2019


Challenge Fund Project Leader (Program Administration Officer 3), Term, HALIFAX

Competition # 21441

About Us Nova Scotia Environment's role is to protect the environment, human health and animal health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise.

Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, animal, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

About Our Opportunity Reporting to the Manager, Protected Areas & Ecosystems, you will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of a four year multi-million-dollar partner-based conservation project. With significant funding through the Federal Canada Nature Fund - Pathway to Canada Target 1 Challenge, Nova Scotia's collaborative project focuses on improving the protection of biodiversity by continuing Crown land protection, accelerating the protection of private land, supporting Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq in advancing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, and enhancing conservation stewardship.

As the Challenge Fund Project Leader, you will develop and oversee project documents including contribution agreements, grants, contracts and the project's budget plan. You will work closely with multiple partners to develop grant proposals and reporting requirements. You'll ensure all partners are meeting budget and timeline requirements and are implementing work in accordance with negotiated contracts and Federal and Provincial reporting requirements.

You will also work in a team environment with staff from this and other provincial departments, municipalities, Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq representatives, lands trust partners, and various contractors and conservation groups. You may also interact with industry and non-government partners, community groups, conservation and recreation organizations, and others to advance project goals.

Additionally, you will be involved in stakeholder and public partnerships and consultations, developing public communication materials, preparing reports and negotiating and overseeing various contracts. You may also be involved in policy development, process facilitation, and collaborative planning.

About You To be successful in this role, you will have a bachelor's degree, such as Public Administration, Planning, or Policy Management and 5 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

You will have demonstrated competency and experience in leading the development of documents intended to support senior level government decision making as well as project management, including developing contracts and agreements, negotiations, budgeting and time management.

You will be experienced in stakeholder relations, communicating with stakeholder groups, dealing with concerns and facilitating partnerships, which requires superior written and verbal communication skills. You will be self-directed, have excellent problem solving and organizational skills, sound judgement and critical thinking skills that are necessary to resolve complex and sensitive issues. You must also be highly proficient with computer word processing and spreadsheet software.

You will have knowledge of provincial and federal legislation, regulations, policies, and programs relevant to protected areas, private land conservation and land management in Nova Scotia.

Assets include experience in public land use planning, policy development, public consultation, Indigenous consultation and facilitation. Knowledge of protected areas management and environmental planning is also an asset.

Other Considerations You must be willing and able to travel throughout Nova Scotia and work irregular hours when deemed necessary.

Please note, this is expected to be a 3 year term status position with an end date of March 31, 2023; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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.

Pay Grade: PR 13

Salary Range: $2,338.00 - $2,842.04 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:

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.

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 electronic application.

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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For questions or concerns, please contact (see below) .

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