Canada nationals: Wetland and Water Resources Specialist
Nova Scotia is abundant with wetlands that perform many important functions and services in our landscape. NSE is responsible for the conservation, protection, management and development of water resources and administration of the wetland program. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable resource management to protect and restore the natural health and wealth of the province.
About Our Opportunity
The Wetland Specialist works as a part of a team to oversee the implementation of the Nova Scotia Wetland Conservation Policy. In this capacity, you will ensure provincial and regional program goals and objectives are coordinated in cooperation with other government partners through application and delivery of a consistent wetland program across the province.
In this capacity you will support decisions on approval applications, provide recommendations and monitor work undertaken. The specialist is considered one of the Department’s wetland experts and will be expected to use this expertise and knowledge of provincial and federal legislation and policy to review, analyze and provide advice on the approval/rejection of proposed wetland alterations. You will actively support the promotion and understanding of the Wetland Conservation Policy of Nova Scotia through training, development of guidance and tools, and stakeholder engagement. The Specialist provides advice to the department on all matters related to the Wetland Conservation Policy of Nova Scotia; consults with senior management on policy and procedural matters; provides technical assistance to regional office staff; liaises with other departments; communicates regularly with municipalities, industry, academia; and assists with planning.
You will be expected to use critical thinking, judgment and initiative to guide major regulatory processes with scientifically sound information. The Wetland Specialist will be expected to demonstrate initiative in increasing awareness of complex business, environmental and scientific issues faced in the area of resource management, as well as demonstrating leadership and strategic thinking in the development and implementation of program strategies and improvements.
We are seeking an individual who is passionate about wetland conservation approaches and their implementation. The position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and initiative to advance provincial-level wetland conservation within a dynamic management paradigm.
As the successful candidate you will have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (earth sciences, biology, environmental sciences, etc.) plus a minimum of 2 years related experience.
You will have a demonstrated experience in wetland classification and delineation, including identification of hydrophytic plants, hydric soils, and wetland hydrology; and assessing wetland functions and values using a variety of methodologies and analyses of impacts to wetlands.
As well, you will have demonstrated experience recommending wetland mitigation and compensation strategies, conducting annual mitigation monitoring and reporting and preparing wetland assessment reports and approval application documents (experience in EA/CEAA process would be considered an asset).
Your familiarity in water resource evaluation and planning, management strategies, quality and sampling methodologies and the natural communities, plant and/or animal species of Nova Scotia is also required.
Knowledge and understand of federal, provincial and municipal legislation & regulations is required.
Your ability to work as leader on multi-discipline teams, as well as independently, to meet deadlines; to adjust to changing priorities in the work environment; and to work effectively with other departments, levels of government, First Nations representatives, industry and the public is needed to be successful in this role.
You will also be able to negotiate and implement collaborative initiatives with a variety of potential partners, have strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, and excellent communication skills through a diverse array of mediums. Including superior writing and public speaking ability and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with senior management and public at all age groups and background.
Your sound knowledge and competency in computer software applications including relational databases, modelling, spreadsheets, word processing, imaging and graphics is required. As well you will have a valid driver’s license.
Experience in development and delivering of training initiatives and accreditation as biologist, geoscientist and/or Wetland Specialist is an asset.
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.
Pay Grade: PR 10 - PR 15
Salary Range: $2,069.66 - $3,077.78 Bi-Weekly
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).