Kings SPCA – Enforcement Officer – Full Time

Location 1285 County Home Rd, Waterville
Number of Positions 1
Job Start Date ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type Full time with some 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 Kings 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 of the Animal Protection Act, 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.


  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution an asset
  • 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 an asset.

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 Kings County 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 Landsburg.  

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

Enforcement Applicant Screening

Evidence of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required prior to an interview being scheduled.

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