RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Adult Protection Worker

  • Location: Digby, NS
  • Competition Number: 35715
  • Deadline: July 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Adult Protection Worker


Competition # : 35715

Department: Seniors and Long-Term Care

Location: DIGBY

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: ​7/3/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Department of Seniors and Long Term Care offers opportunities to grow and advance in a dynamic sector that touches the lives of all Nova Scotians. Along with our partners, including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, we’re committed to continually improving our health care system. With a focus on collaborative primary health care, continuing care, improved supports for mental health and addictions, digital health, capital infrastructure, and more, the department is thinking differently about how to plan, fund, legislate and monitor to improve access and service delivery. To do this, we need leaders at all levels of the organization who embrace a challenge and believe in their ability to make a difference.


The Continuing Care Division (CCB) is nested under the Department Of Seniors and Long Term Care (DSLTC) and has been designated as a government mandated priority.


About Our Opportunity


Designated by the Minister of Health and Wellness, our Adult Protection Worker strives to ensure the safety of clients aged 16 and older who are allegedly abused or neglected as defined by the Adult Protection Act. You will achieve this through the investigation and assessment of clients referred, as well as by working closely with other departments, stakeholders, care coordinators, health professionals and other community agencies.

Primary Accountabilities


You will ensure the safety of your clients through the investigation and assessment of clients referred, as well as by working closely with other departments, stakeholders, care coordinators, health professionals and other community agencies. In addition, you will:


  • Investigate, assess and refer clients for services in accordance with the Adult Protection Act;
  • Create care plans to address client’s protection needs which may include court intervention;
  • Complete Adult Protection Risk and Capacity Assessments to determine an adult’s risk level and if the client has the mental and/or physical ability to protect themselves from the alleged abuse/neglect;
  • Provide case management related to the client’s protective needs; monitor care plans to ensure the protective needs of the client are mitigated;
  • Maintain detailed case management records electronically; and
  • Initiate court applications in accordance with the Adult Protection Act, submit evidence to the courts through affidavits and testifying in court (as required).

Qualifications and Experience


This position requires you to have a Bachelor of Social Work in addition to four (4) years of related experience, or a Master of Social Work plus two (2) years of related experience. Must be registered (or eligible for registration) with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Candidates registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers as “Social Worker Candidate” are not eligible.


As the successful candidate, you have assessment, communication, and interviewing skills as well as negotiation, problem solving, critical thinking and time management skills. You also have experience/knowledge in counselling techniques for crisis and life-threatening situations.


In addition, you have excellent computer skills for Microsoft Suite, including Word and PowerPoint. You are also able to work independently and cooperatively with others as well as demonstrate an ability to make sound decisions.


Familiarity with the Adult Protection Act is an asset.


Previous experience working in Child Protection is considered 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.


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 using your own vehicle within the province will be required.
  • Majority of work is performed in the community and visiting in client’s homes.
  • Sometimes scheduled to work outside of regularly scheduled hours.

Additional Information

This is a Term employment opportunity in Digby with an anticipated end date of July 27, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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 16  

Salary Range:  $2,688.50 – $3,288.59 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.


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 online.


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