Pictou & Colchester Enforcement Officer

Location 3504 Granton Abercrombie Rd, Granton, NS – 408 Industrial Ave, Truro, NS
Number of Positions 1
Job Start Date ASAP
Job Competition Closes When position is filled
Job Type Full-time with some on-call
Salary $22-$24/hr, depending on experience

Job Description

Reporting to the Chief Provincial Inspector, you’ll play an integral role in supporting the Nova Scotia SPCA in maintaining high public safety and animal welfare. Maintaining a presence around Pictou and Colchester 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 the 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 conflict resolution.


  • Completion of Grade Twelve (12) or equivalent.
  • Completion of Enforcement training from a recognized institution is 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 the enforcement of bylaws pertaining to dog control.
  • Including a minimum of two (2) years of dog control experience is 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 the 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 Pictou, Colchester 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 a criminal record check and an appointment from the Department of Justice.
  • Candidates with previous experience in working with 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 “Pictou/Colchester Enforcement ” in the subject heading in your email reply.

Enforcement Applicant Screening

Please ensure a completed copy of the Enforcement Applicant Screening form is included in your application.

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.