New Job Deputy Sheriff 1-2 (Designated) In Nova Scotia

Deputy Sheriff 1-2 (Designated)
Deputy Sheriff 1-2 (Designated)

Deputy Sheriff 1-2 (Designated)

Company : Jobssummary / Indeed
Salary : $3,083–$3,926 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Justice


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 5/17/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status

This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as an Indigenous Person, African Nova Scotian, Women in Occupations or Positions where they are Under-represented.

African Nova Scotian- is any Nova Scotian who chooses to declare African ancestry, regardless of how long they have lived here and regardless of how much African ancestry they can declare.

Indigenous Peoples - persons who identify themselves as First Nation (Status and non-Status), Métis, or Inuit.

About Us

The Court Services Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice is dedicated to excellent service and the provision of fair and accessible administration of justice, including court administration and security.

The Division provides administrative support to the courts listed: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (including Family Division), Provincial Court, Family Court, Small Claims Court, Probate Court and Bankruptcy Court. The courts act independently from the government to address individual cases.

For more information on the Department of Justice Court Services please visit our website:

About Our Opportunity

As part of a team, the Deputy Sheriff 1-2 is responsible for providing comprehensive support to all levels of court on matters pertaining to court security, prisoner transportation, jury management, and court orders.

As a Deputy Sheriff 1-2, you will be accountable for the timely, safe and efficient escort and transportation of persons in custody, young offenders, and mental health patients both to and from correctional institutions, hospitals, and police agencies. You will also be responsible for providing security to all levels of court in the province and court property. This is an 80% FTE position and persons are required to work 4 days per week.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Maintain order and security in the court
  • Maintain the proper operation of the cell block
  • Ensure that prisoners and/or others in detention are transported safely by fleet vehicle
  • Ensure that all aspects of court orders relating to criminal and civil procedures are complied with and executed or served properly
  • As required, assist Sheriff in conducting Sheriff sales and/or seizure of real and personal property
  • Develop risk assessments respecting cases and individuals before the court, prisoners being transported, and civil document services in the community
  • Remain proficient in all required use of force options and other physical use of force skills
  • Create factual reports, maintains records and travel expenses, electronic and written
  • Responsible for the safe keeping of government vehicles, equipment and personal effects of prisoners
  • Conducts DNA testing and obtains fingerprints as required

Qualifications and Experience

You have graduated from a recognized law enforcement training institution. High school completion and an equivalent combination of training and experience in a law enforcement environment may be acceptable.

The following are requirements in this position:

  • A valid driver’s licence
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy (the position involves using applications such as word processing spreadsheets and email systems)

The following would be considered assets:

  • Training in Use of Force, Crisis Intervention, De-escalation and Conducted Energy Weapons
  • Training in defensive and emergency vehicle operation
  • Understanding of the Criminal Code and/or Federal Statutes
  • Knowledge of Courthouse operations
  • Experience compiling written reports

As a Deputy Sheriff, you will serve as a role model in the community and to clients. As such, it is essential that you possess integrity, sound observation, decision making and problem-solving skills, and the ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.


Include, but not limited to:

  • One year of full-time, directly related, work experience (i.e. policing, military, correctional officer, security)
  • Five years of continuous full-time employment, does not need to be in a related field

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

  • May be required to perform daily highway driving, including during inclement weather
  • Most of the work is contained in a courthouse where the climate is managed – most of this work would be in a cell block which can be noisy and disruptive or standing for periods of time in a court room
  • As court issues can be emotionally charged there is the potential for violence/verbal abuse by aggressive persons
  • There is potential for elevated risk when required to service court orders (i.e. evictions, property seizures, etc.)
  • May be required to physically subdue prisoners or make arrests in public places or private property where back-up may bot be readily available
  • Must use considerable tact, independent judgment and initiatives as there is frequent exposure to very emotional and/or potentially volatile situations
  • Exposure to emotional and sensitive issues which may create a stressful environment that can be emotionally draining
  • High demand for accuracy and attention to detail
  • Exposure to potentially volatile situations, especially in relation to domestic and criminal situations

Additional Information

Candidates that have been screened for the criteria above will progress through additional screening and testing, that may include the following:

  • Successful completion of the Correctional Officer Physical Abilities Test (COPAT), which requires a level of physical fitness reflective of the position requirements. Preparatory training is recommended.
  • A written test, assessing knowledge, judgment and written communication
  • A Competency-Based Interview (CBI), assessing verbal communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, knowledge of safety and security, and teamwork ability.
  • A pre-employment questionnaire, to determine if you have the personal characteristics necessary to succeed in this position.
  • Background investigation and reference check
  • Psychological and medical screening.
  • At the completion of each stage, only candidates that are successful will move onto the next stage.

Offer of employment is conditional upon the confirmation of credentials and the completion of all applicable background, criminal record, child abuse registry and reference checks, driver’s license, driver’s abstract, COPAT test, pre-employment interview, psychological and medical testing, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.

  • If you require assistance or have questions about this process, you can reach a member of our Diversity and Inclusion or Training Teams via email at [email protected]
  • Successful candidates will be required to work varying shifts – including days, evenings and occasionally weekends and holidays. Scheduling and time off are granted based on length of service.
  • Candidates will be required to successfully complete the 8-week internal Sheriff Officer Training Program.
  • Candidates will be required to successfully complete an on-the-job supervised training program for up to one year.
  • Candidates will be required to successfully complete additional in-service training throughout their appointment.

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: TE 19 - TE 21

Salary Range: $1,541.48 - $1,963.19 Bi-Weekly

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:

Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.

External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

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].