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LocationSydney
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full Time Permanent
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout CBRM you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout CBRM
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations 

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Lansburg.  

 Please quote “Cape Breton Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

LocationSydney
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Casual/On-Call
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout CBRM you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout CBRM
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations 

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Lansburg.  

 Please quote “Cape Breton Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

LocationHead Office in Dartmouth
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full Time Permanent
Salary 
Range between $20 - $40 per hour. To be Negotiated and commensurate with experience and education.

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in ensuring a high level of professionalism within the enforcement team. You will also oversee the enforcement operation to ensure that all enforcement practices are consistent with the provisions of the Anima Protection Act and the local Animal Control By-Laws. In addition, you would participate in field investigation when needed. Operational support includes administrative tasks, analysis, document management, and investigative support.

 In addition to operational support, you will also be required to provide some enforcement duties in a supervisory role.  You’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Supervise and oversee operational support of the enforcement team to ensure consistent, timely and effective support to officers through investigative procedures and court preparation
  • Oversee the document management process for enforcement files
  • Be responsible for the collection and reporting of key operational statistics for the department
  • Collaborate with the Chief Provincial Inspector to ensure compliance with operational policies and procedures
  • Conducting corrective actions
  • Training new staff
  • After hours availability on SPCA issued cell-phone to provide operational advice
  • Uniform management
  • Preparing court documents and disclosure packages
  • Responding to complaint with regards to officers conduct or actions
  • Collaborating with municipal officials with regards to municipal animal control contracts
  • Collaborating with shelter staff to ensure operational needs are communicated in an effective manner

Key Skills and Competencies:

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills
  • Computer literate 
  • Knowledgeable about the Canadian justice system 
  • Knowledge of the regulatory investigation and prosecution process
  • Experience and proficiency with Investigative database usage and software programs such as Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience with report writing and statistics
  • Strong Interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated team building and supervisory capabilities
  • Assertive leader who will take initiative
  • Comfortable around domestic animals

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of an Enforcement training from a recognized institution required (an equivalent combination of education and experience could be considered)
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs would be an asset
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s license with safe driving record
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret legislation, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of legislation and its regulations
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog handling experience
  • Two years’ experience in a supervisory role is considered an asset

Other Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • Prepare and maintain investigation and legal records in an accurate, complete and timely manner. Maintain information integrity, security and confidentiality to an exceptional degree.
  • Provide related education to the public, clients, staff, volunteers, other animal welfare organizations and law enforcement agencies and entities.
  • Perform data entry and maintain performance statistics using provided electronic tools and applications using Microsoft office and CEIS database management
  • Work daily with animals of varying size and temperament, including deceased, ill or injured animals, carrying, handling and capturing individual animals in a safe, caring and respectful manner.
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting  and transporting animals in need.
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Maintain and operate all job related equipment, tools and vehicles in a safe and reliable manner, and within the guidelines prescribed by OHS policy,
  • Strong interviewing, analytical skills and experience in research and interpreting data, ability to write cogent and concise reports; excellent presentation and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Exceptional tact, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism, and judgment in the exercise of decision making
  • Ability to remain neutral, independent and objective in all investigations.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive work related information.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments by effectively planning, organizing and prioritizing assignments (multi-tasking of work).
  • Exceptional tact, diplomacy, discretion, professionalism, and judgment in the exercise of decision making
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with First Nations communities are strongly encouraged to apply

LocationYarmouth
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full Time
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining a high level of public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence on reserves, and throughout Yarmouth County you’ll ensure consistent monitoring and enforcement compliance with all animal control aspects. You’ll also enforce dog bylaws through patrols, evidence gathering, inspections and the preparation of necessary documents.

In addition to enforcement duties, you’ll also focus on education and awareness through public interaction and work with community members towards voluntary compliance on cases that involve complex dynamics.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is compassionate and has a positive attitude. Most importantly, you’ll possess strong interpersonal skills and be savvy in dealing with conflict resolution.

FORMAL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution required
  • Courses in safe handling of dogs/handling of dangerous dogs.
  • Valid NS Class 5 Driver’s licence.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ related experience working in local government by law enforcement combined with a demonstrated ability to interpret and apply bylaws, and an understanding of the legal system and procedures involved with enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years dog control experience.

Knowledge and Qualifications/Skills required

  • The ability to respond to client/public inquiries and complaints and handle sensitive and confidential information in a trusted and responsible manner
  • The ability to travel and work flexible shifts, including evenings and weekends and be on call
  • Medically and physically fit to work in all weather conditions (cold, hot, rain, etc) as this position may require bending, lifting and transporting animals in need.
  • As your career progresses, you’ll also complete job-required courses related to role, as well as other specialized training including Animal Protection
  • Providing dog Bylaw and Community Safety awareness, education, and prevention to the community and public
  • Providing dog bylaw enforcement services on First Nation Reserves and throughout Yarmouth and surrounding Counties
  • Must be able to work with other staff, volunteers, and the public in a positive, practical manner and be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent computer skills , statement writing and preparing court documents
  • Will require criminal records check and will require appointment from Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with a First Nations

are strongly encouraged to apply

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. SPCA provides a competitive salary and a rewarding work environment. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to Jo-Anne Lansburg.  

Please quote “Yarmouth Animal Control Officer ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

Community Engagement & Thrift Store Coordinator Position

Location8759 Commercial Street, New Minas
Number of Positions
1
Job Start Date
ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type
Full-Time
Salary 
To be negotiated

Job Description

The Thrift Store Coordinator provides supervision, oversight and management of Society’s thrift store operations and volunteers. The Thrift Store Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training & managing volunteers at the Nova Scotia SPCA Thrift Stores, including the aspects of maintaining daily operations and a safe and healthy working and shopping environment for customers and security of operational functions.

 

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Volunteers

  • Recruit, train and supervise a volunteer base of up to 50 people for the thrift store
  • Develop schedules for volunteers to ensure adequate personnel at the store to accomplish tasks and respond to customers.
  • Expand volunteer base, ensuring proper administration, recruitment and retention
  • Maintain current knowledge of Society policies and procedures as they relate to personnel; monitor volunteers for adherence to policies and procedures; take corrective action as necessary to ensure volunteers are in compliance.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled communication with volunteers to provide direction, guidance and oversight.
  • Consult with volunteers on a regular basis, addressing concerns and sharing ideas.
  • Provide timely direction and written and verbal feedback to volunteers.
  • Assist in volunteer training in Society policies and procedures.

Thrift Store 

  • Oversee the processing of donated items; manage the rotation of items and the disposal of donated items in a timely fashion.
    • Processes include: sorting, tagging, displaying and disposing of donated items, providing leadership to volunteers; uphold Society standards for merchandise and communicate same.
  • Manage supply inventory.
  • At the direction of the Director of Marketing & Graphic Design, assist in the implementation of written procedures for store operations, including opening and closing the store; procedures for accepting, sorting, pricing donations; security procedures for staff and volunteers, handling of cash, and other relevant procedures as needed.
  • Participate in training required by accreditation standards, plus performance and quality improvement efforts.
  • Assist in the display of merchandise inside the store to enhance the appearance and appeal of the store.

Community Engagement

  • Facilitate front desk and office procedures, including social media, customer service and procedure coordination. Evaluate and suggest process improvements.
  • Work with Provincial leadership team on various fundraising initiatives including the continued enhancement of revenue streams that align with our mission and improve our ability to support a greater number of animals in need.
  • Assists in writing grant proposals.
  • Coordinates with Provincial Accounting, Development and Communication programs to facilitate administrative procedures and assists with marketing for province-wide initiatives.

Customer Service

  • Provide service to customers according to standards and ensures volunteers follow same standards.
  • Promote excellence in the customer service experience for all visitors to the Animal Shelter & Thrift store through volunteer training.

 

Financial Management

  • Use Society resources (financial and non-financial) prudently.
  • Acknowledge and follow financial policies of the Society.

Perform other duties as required

 

Required Skills

In addition to having the ability to travel and a valid Driver’s license, the following are some of the skills required of a Nova Scotia SPCA Thrift Store Coordinator.

  • High School diploma, 1-2 years of retail/resale experience. Previous thrift or consignment store experiences a definite plus.
  • Experience in working with and/or overseeing volunteers (1-2 years) required.
  • Punctual, reliable and trustworthy; sound decision-making skills.
  • Strong verbal, writing & organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve clients in a professional, welcoming, and efficient manner.
  • Experience with cash registers and “point of sale,” computerized sales & inventory systems is a definite plus.
  • Valid driver’s license and legally required insurance.
  • Cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers. Ability to work closely with other employees and volunteers to ensure positive, constructive environment within the program or department, and throughout the Society.
  • Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a sense of humor and a positive, solution-oriented approach.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the mission of The Nova Scotia SPCA.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule with availability to work weekends and/or evenings, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Completion of Grade 12 mandatory
  • Degree/diploma/certificate in business, office administration, or accounting an asset. Combination of education and experience may be considered.

Physical Requirements

  • Requires ability to stand up to 3-7 hours per day with frequent walking, standing, bending, squatting, pulling and pushing.
  • Requires ability to keyboard at computer for up to 2 hours per day.
  • May be required to lift items 20-50 pounds and assist in 2-person lifts in excess of 100 pounds.

Hours of Work

Work responsibilities require a standard 35-40 hours per week plus additional overtime as required fulfilling the duties associated with the position.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. The Society provides a competitive salary, benefit package and a rewarding work environment. The Nova Scotia SPCA Provincial Office is located in Dartmouth NS. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter indicating salary expectations to emurphy@spcans.ca .   It is our intention to start reviewing resume’s on immediately and to quickly start the interview process. However, as long as this job description remains posted it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.

Please quote ” SPCA Community Engagement & Thrift Store Coordinator ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however; only those selected for interview will be contacted.

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