Biologist 3 (Hatchery Supervisor)
Competition # : 31571
Department: Fisheries and Aquaculture
Location: FRASERS MILLS
Type of Employment: Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG
Closing Date: 8/9/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)
The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has a legislated mandate to manage, promote, support, and develop the fishing, aquaculture, sport fishing and seafood processing industries that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s coastal and rural communities. As a department, we work to promote Nova Scotia as Canada’s premier fish and seafood province.
About Our Opportunity
Reporting to the Manager of Fisheries Enhancement, the Hatchery Supervisor will manage the day to day administrative, biological, and technical operations of the Fraser Mills Fish Hatchery. In this role you will work to maintain the hatchery contribution to the provincial sportfish enhancement programs through continuing propagation, enhancement, and research activities. You will supervise the care and maintenance of the hundreds of thousands of fish and over one million eggs, on site, from various salmonid species, monitor fish health and following general fish health related protocols, administer therapeutic treatments where necessary. You will supervise the use, maintenance, and repair of this fish culture facility, including various buildings, dams and associated properties, distribution vehicles and specialized aquaculture related equipment.
As the Hatchery Supervisor, you will be responsible for managing unique genetic strains of broodstock necessary for various fisheries enhancement programs across Nova Scotia. You will oversee the distribution of trout to hundreds of lakes and streams throughout Nova Scotia, as well as urban sites in the Halifax Regional Municipality and maintain a computer data base of hatchery distributions. You will work closely with the Manager of Fisheries Enhancement to develop outreach initiatives and promote sport fishery enhancement opportunities. In this role as the Hatchery Supervisor, you will ensure all relevant regulatory and program requirements are met through effective stewardship. The Hatchery Supervisor is directly responsible for the supervision of six hatchery technicians, including shift scheduling, training, and general human resource requirements as well as OH&S and budgetary management practices. To provide adequate site security and to respond to water level/flow and/or oxygenation equipment alarms, you as the Supervisor must live in the residence provided on site or if residence is already occupied by another staff member, live within 30 Km of the facility.
Qualifications and Experience
To be the successful candidate, you must have a bachelor’s degree in Science or related degree plus six (6) years of experience working with freshwater fisheries aquaculture production systems and fisheries enhancement or M.Sc. plus 4 years related experience working with freshwater fisheries aquaculture production systems and fisheries enhancement. Experience in fisheries field work such as broodstock collection, electrofishing, air brakes endorsement, driving 3 and 5-ton trucks and working with the public are assets. Familiarity with various regulations, policies, and practices related to the enhancement of recreational fisheries as well as general knowledge of issues relating to the management of the inland sport fishery is required.
The Supervisor functions within a dynamic and rapidly changing environment; this position requires a broad range of skills and in-depth knowledge in many fields to make effective decisions and manage a diverse set of demands. Effective communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are critical for success in this position, to effectively lead and manage staff and volunteers, to build relationships and partnerships, and to work constructively with peers, researchers, and a diverse group of stakeholders. Candidates must have solid analytical skills and the ability to work independently and work well under pressure to ensure the delivery of departmental programs and services. A working knowledge of PC based computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, data management and presentation packages are required.
An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.
Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.
Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria.
Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day
May be required to work overtime on occasion
The incumbent of this position must live in the residence provided on site, or if residence is already occupied by another staff member, live within 30 Km of the facility.
What We Offer
Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career
Engaging workplace: our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in, we have forward-thinking policies and strategies
Countless career paths for Nova Scotians
Department specific flexible working schedules
Pay Grade: PR 15
Salary Range: $2,588.45 – $3,155.27 Bi-Weekly
Employment Equity Statement:
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.
This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:
Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.
External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.
Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to [email protected]
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