Website Government of Nova Scotia

Opportunity Type:

Competition # : 34403

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion – Non Union – NSPG

Closing Date: 2/25/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks, and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the province’s Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

About Our Opportunity

As the Executive Director, you will provide leadership and strategic direction to the Forestry and Wildlife branch through the development and implementation of policies and programs that will ensure the sustainable conservation, management and use of the province’s biodiversity, renewable resources, Crown lands and forests.

Primary Accountabilities

Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:

Leading and directing the functioning of the Forestry and Wildlife Branch in line with government and departmental strategic plans and priorities; developing and implementing strategic plans which link program and service delivery to broad policy objectives.
Developing practical long-term directions for policies and services within the branch and positions, and re-orients the organization to meet emerging trends and to achieve objectives.
Coordinating all aspects of forest resource management implementation on Crown lands through legal and partnership agreements with the Mi’kmaq, forest sector stakeholders and private landowners.
Mediating, negotiating and/or providing decision support to resolve conflicts, complaints and problems expected in a large, diversified program which directly affects all living wild species and ecosystems, resource sector industries, thousands of private woodlot owners, and many Nova Scotians.
Providing support and program development for economic development and trade in the forest sector and coordinating with the Intergovernmental Affairs department on all forest product trade issues.
In this role you will report to the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources & Renewables.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study along with several years of progressive experience as a senior manager in a related field.

As the ideal candidate you have previous experience leading the development of new strategies; providing recommendations and solutions to policies, problems, and required changes by developing new approaches based on constructive thinking, innovation, and broad consultation. You also have previous experience managing budgets within forecasts and allocations and prioritize staff allocations.

You integrate various competing interests into the decision-making process to avoid conflicts and/or to facilitate management of the various resources. You are comfortable making decisions on the spot without  time for consultation.

You have exceptional relationship building and communication skills (written/verbal) to lead staff and work with various stakeholders both internal and external to government.  You have strong time management and decision-making skills, ensuring decisions are made within the framework of legislation, agreements, professional knowledge, policies, and priorities.

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

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.


Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


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

Work within an office environment.

This position requires travel 2-3 days a month, often outside of the province.

Work irregular hours as required; often called after hours and on weekends regarding departmental issues.

Additional Information

On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired.

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 16

Salary Range:  $4,976.46 – $6,234.89 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.

Current government employees may access this posting through the link below

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

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