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Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, 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, 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.


The Regional Services Branch delivers department programs and services through an extensive network of field offices. These programs and services include forest management programs, Crown lands surveys, regional geological services, public outreach and education, planning and implementing Integrated Resource Management (IRM), hunter safety, forest fire prevention, detection and suppression, monitoring of forest insects and diseases, operation and maintenance of Provincial Parks, and resource conservation.


Currently, there is an Area Manager opportunity available in McLellan’s Brook (Pictou County).

About Our Opportunity
The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is seeking a dynamic Area Manager to lead program delivery in the McLellan’s brook office.  Through the effective leadership of staff and resources, you will be responsible for the efficient delivery of Department Programs including the management of permanent, seasonal and casual staff and associated budgets.


Programs to be delivered include geology, forest protection, parks and outdoor recreation, land administration, private and crown land management, wildlife, and field reports for integrated resource management.


As Area Manager, you will be a vital member of the Regional Management Team and the work you do will help us achieve our Departmental objectives for program delivery across the Province.

Primary Accountabilities
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Managing the performance of work groups and employees by defining roles and responsibilities, monitoring service delivery progress, evaluating performance and providing feedback and ensuring consideration of collective agreement.
Ensuring program delivery contributes to the formulation of Departmental objectives, standards and policies to ensure the most cost-effective method of operation is used while providing a safe working environment, and safe infrastructure for the general public.
Ensuring Human and Financial Resources are utilized efficiently and effectively within the assigned geographic area.
Managing the delivery and maintaining the effectiveness of all assigned Departmental programs for natural resources management by developing and delivering comprehensive work and budget plans.
Leading and managing the Area through on-going development and implementation of strategic operational plans and where necessary provide recommendations to the Regional Director and Executive Director.

Qualifications and Experience
Typically, ideal candidates will have a Department recognized two year Natural Resources technical diploma as well as 7 years of experience in resource management, including administration and leadership roles. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


Frequent travel across the province is a component of this position; as such, a valid driver’s license is required.


Your proven leadership ability will be crucial to effectively work in a complex organization which is subject to continuous internal and external demands and changes. As such, you must have previous experience with:

Managing staff performance
Budgets and financial reporting
You will also have a sound understanding of the programs and services provided by the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables.


The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing are key components of this position. You will be required to build relationships with a broad range of individuals and demonstrate leadership qualities which promote teamwork; communicating vision and fostering a safe work culture that encourages new ideas and innovative solutions.


You are results oriented with a high level of initiative and motivation. You have demonstrated problem solving, time management and organization abilities as well as proficiency with computers.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Decisiveness, Strategic Orientation, Developing Others, Team Leadership, Self-Awareness and Personal Impact, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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.

Equivalencies include:

A Bachelors degree from a related field of study along with 5 years of related experience.
A Masters degree from a related field of study with 3 years of related experience.
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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions
Frequent travel within the province.


Mostly works in an office setting but works occasionally in the wilderness environment.

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 12

Salary Range:  $3,458.20 – $4,322.75 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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