Website Government of Nova Scotia

Opportunity Type:

Competition # : 34903

Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: 5/12/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us
The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has a legislated mandate to manage, promote, support, and develop the fishing, aquaculture, sport fishing and seafood processing industries that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. As a department, we work to promote Nova Scotia as Canada’s premier fish and seafood province.
About Our Opportunity
Under the Direction of the Manager of Aquaculture Development, the Marine Plants Advisor will lead the rockweed harvesting program delivery, implementation, and evaluative work to facilitate the continued growth of economically profitable and sustainable rockweed harvesting , and marine plants aquaculture in rural Nova Scotia in accordance with the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act.

Primary Accountabilities
Reviews, evaluates and provides comment and recommendations on federal policies, and research documents related to marine plants
Presents positions of the department in promoting sustainable management and protection of marine resources
Responsible for establishment and on-going annual design administration and completion of a rockweed resource assessment and sustainable harvest program
Works in close collaboration and communication with other Development staff to deliver comprehensive, environmentally-sound permitting, leasing, regulatory and non-regulatory rockweed and aquaculture programs and initiatives.
Applies specialized and advanced knowledge of rockweed and marine plants aquaculture management practices and industry development knowledge, experience, and expertise to improve, promote, monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of related strategies and initiatives.

Qualifications and Experience
As a successful Marine Plants Advisor, you have Bachelor Degree of Commerce or equivalent (Science Degree; Marine Biology), plus 1 year of relevant progressively responsible experience preferably in Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Environmental Management, or a closely related field, developing and managing resource-based industries, or an acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.


Policy development and evaluative analysis experience is considered an asset. Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential to effectively interact and converse with diverse groups and individuals. Must have the ability to coordinate and lead project teams; and to prepare written reports and briefing notes that are clear, concise and meaningful. Must be administratively self-sufficient with strong computer skills in spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation packages.

An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Equivalencies include, but are not limited to:

Minimum 5 years of relevant progressively responsible experience preferably in Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Environmental Management, or a closely related field.
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
Travel throughout the province and occasional out of province travel is required. Work requires exposure to urgent situations that are non-biological in nature such as oil spills, damage by ice storms, and other situations which require site visits in order to assess impact and develop remedial action.

Additional Information
This competition is to fill a Temporary position with an anticipated end date of October 31, 2022.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to choose either of the four location for their office- Shelburne, Halifax, Yarmouth and Cornwallis.


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.
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:  PR 05 – PR 13

Salary Range:  $1,730.03 – $2,913.59 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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