Provincial Animal Welfare Enforcement Supervisor

Location: 7 Scarfe Crt, Dartmouth, NS
Number of Positions: 1
Job Start Date  asap
Job Competition Closes: When position is filled
Job Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $35,000 to $50,000 per year depending on experience.

The Nova Scotia SPCA Provincial Animal Welfare Enforcement Supervisor Position supports the Society’s objective to enforce Provincial Legislation and municipal bylaws the Society is contracted to enforce throughout Nova Scotia. 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 oversee enforcement operations to ensure that all enforcement practices are consistent with the Provincial Legislation and Regulations and municipal bylaws. 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 enforcement duties in a supervisory role.  You will 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.

Reports To

Nova Scotia SPCA CPI

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 officer’s 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


  • The successful candidate/s will have:
  • Prior law enforcement experience
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A post-secondary education or the equivalent training or experience
  • Direct and successful experience in investigations or inspections
  • Animal care and handling experience
  • Knowledge of federal, provincial and/or municipal laws and regulations regarding animal welfare
  • An understanding of court proceedings
  • Computer proficiency; and
  • Superior communication (oral and written) and organizational skills.



Additional Information

  • Evenings and weekends may be required, must be willing to work a flexible schedule.
  • Driver’s license is required

Physical Requirements

  • Physical ability to lift and carry 40 pounds.
  • Working conditions include working alone, working outside in varying weather conditions, frequent interruptions, evenings and on call work as requested.

 Hours of Work

This position requires extensive travel and a varied, flexible work schedule. Hours of work will be subject to budget limitations and complaint volume.

It is understood that all Provincial Enforcement Supervisors must provide a clean drivers abstract, will be subject to a criminal background check and must be approved by the Minister of Agriculture and the Department of Justice for Peace Officer status.


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 “ Provincial Animal Welfare Enforcement Supervisor” 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.