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Join the SPCA team and help make a difference for companion animals across Nova Scotia!

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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
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 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.

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