New Job Director Forest Protection And Fleet Services In Nova Scotia

Director Forest Protection and Fleet Services
Director Forest Protection and Fleet Services

Director Forest Protection and Fleet Services

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $8,369–$10,461 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG

Closing Date: 1/20/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of energy, forests, geoscience, mines, minerals, provincial parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the Province’s Crown lands. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management for us all to benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

About Our Opportunity

The Regional Services Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is offering an exciting opportunity for an experienced leader to deliver our Forest Protection and Fleet Services Programs.

As Director you will serve as the Department’s lead on diverse provincial responsibilities for the delivery of modernized provincial forest protection programs that include policy making, planning, and deployment of operational resources to address wildfire and forest health (disease and pest management). You will also direct the deployment and management of the province’s helicopter fleet to address natural resource and public safety priorities as well as the management of the department’s motorized vehicle and specialized equipment fleets.

As director you will ensure forest protection and fleet programs reach their full potential in all areas by utilizing the best science, technology, operational practices and equipment for each aspect of program delivery through decisive leadership, communication excellence and multi-partner collaboration.

Primary Accountabilities

Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:

  • The prevention, mitigation, detection, suppression and investigation of wildfires on forest lands to reduce impacts and loss of values and property. As well as leadership for the Department’s critical incident management response.
  • Delivering strategic guidance, research and monitoring programs, policies and communication tools to address forest health threats (eg: alien invasive species, pests and disease, climate change impact) which threaten the health and biodiversity of forest ecosystems.
  • Overseeing the province’s helicopter fleet and related services as well as the Department’s motorized vehicle and equipment fleets to meet the needs of a variety of programs and clients in the areas of wildfire, forest health, wildlife, forestry, search and rescue, and enforcement.
  • Representing Nova Scotia through regional national and international Wildfire Management and Forest Health initiatives to share science, innovation, challenges, and policy solutions. This includes the key responsibility for mutual aid sharing (people and equipment) for wildfire and other critical incidents inside and outside Nova Scotia.
  • Ensuring the effective management of human and financial resources by setting and evaluating staff performance targets, promoting diversity and a positive and safe workplace culture.

In this role you will report to the Executive Director, Regional Services.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a university degree in a related field of study as well as several years of progressive experience in leadership roles within the forestry and natural resources management sector. A demonstrated acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience in natural resource-based management will be considered.

As the ideal candidate you have proven leadership abilities to effectively achieve results in a complex organization subject to change and new challenges influenced by a wide range of internal and external demands. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in managing multiple projects and deadlines; the ability to deal with controversial issues; problem solving and financial management skills; administration experience dealing with legislation and policies; excellent verbal and written skills are required along with attention to detail in terms of reading and disseminating information.

The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license.

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 offering and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

Work within an office environment, occasional travel within and outside the province is required.

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 14

Salary Range: $4,184.42 - $5,230.52 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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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 [email protected].