RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Public Health Officer 1-2(A)-(B)

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: May 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Public Health Officer 1-2(A)-(B)

Competition # : 30217

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: SYDNEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: 5/12/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Nova Scotia Environment’s role is to protect the environment, human health and animal health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise.

Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, animal, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

Primary AccountabilitiesThe Public Health Officer works with individuals and communities to coordinate and manage activities to understand, characterize, reduce and eliminate physical, chemical and biological hazards that influence the health of the population. The incumbent is responsible for:

  • Anticipating, assessing and identifying health hazards in multiple settings;
  • Conducting risk assessments,
  • Developing and implementing strategies to reduce or eliminate risks to health and developing and implementing strategies to evaluate processes and seek behaviour change to ensure the prevention of disease, illness or injury in communities.

The PHO helps develop, implement, and evaluate plans to protect public health within a designated geographic area and coordinates public health protection activities with other public health professionals at the district, municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Qualifications and ExperienceAs the successful candidate, you will have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Public Health or equivalent and must be eligible and obtain certification by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors as a Public Health Inspector (CPHI)

You will be flexible to conduct routine Inspections and audits for facilities that operate outside of regular business hours (including weekends), as well as in response to outbreaks of communicable disease or emergencies which happen outside of regular business hours. The position will have after-hours on-call demands.

Previous experience in a Public Health Officer or related role is considered an asset.

Additional Information
Must be eligible for Special Constable Status, which requires a criminal record check. 

Must have a valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable motor vehicle.


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
  • Mentorship through iNSpire: a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development
  • Countless career paths for Nova Scotians
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  PR 08 – PR 14

Salary Range:  $1,955.09 – $3,030.25 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 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

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