Employment Opportunity - Chief Administrative Officer


The Warden and Council of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne are seeking a well-rounded leader to become our next Chief Administrative Officer. We are looking for someone who is passionate about public service and community building. Municipal government or public sector experience is important; however, more critical is outstanding leadership experience. Our ideal candidate will:

  • Lead with integrity and humility
  • Actively develop othersDeliver service excellence
  • Drive strategic orientation
  • Manage conflict well and have strong problem-solving skills
  • Build a strong team culture
  • Be an exceptional communicator
  • Exemplify accountability

The CAO will report directly to the Warden and Council and is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Municipality in accordance with the Municipal Government Act, other legislation and the Municipality’s own by-laws and policies.  In this role, they will provide timely advice and guidance to Council and, under their direction, ensure that all programs and services are carried out effectively.  They will liaise with stakeholders, other municipalities and all levels of government on key projects affecting the Municipality and will ensure that all major policies and initiatives are communicated to the broader community. 

An attractive compensation and benefit package is available for the ideal candidate.

To be considered for this challenging and rewarding opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume, in confidence, to the Executive Assistant to the CAO at:  by 4:30 pm (Atlantic time) on Monday, July 18, 2022

Please include in the email subject line “Application for CAO Position”.

A complete position description is available pdf here (165 KB) .

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne appreciates the interest and effort of all applicants in applying for this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Municipality is an equal opportunity employer and  is committed to the principles of the Accessibility Act.  As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.  If you require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact us.

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne, located on Nova Scotia’s beautiful South Shore, is home to the world’s best lobster and seafood, unspoiled white sand beaches, quality educational facilities, a collaborative health care clinic and year-round family oriented recreational opportunities. The Municipality is the first rural municipality in Nova Scotia to provide virtually 100% access to the best fibre to the home available in Canada and is in the process of completing a new, multi-government administration building, which is scheduled to be completed in October, 2022. 

Only two hours from our capital city of Halifax and one hour from Yarmouth, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne offers a high quality of life, surrounded by safe and friendly communities where families can work, live and thrive! 

Provincial Volunteer Representative 2022 - Woodland Multi-Use Trail Association

Congratulations to the members of the Woodland Multi-Use Trail Association on being selected as the Representative Volunteer for the 2022 Provincial Volunteer Awards being held on September 26, 2022 in Halifax. 

WMTA has been the leader in trail development in the Municipality and has made substantial progress in creating a connected trail system in Shelburne County. The dedication, expertise, and hard work of the members is unmatched, and the Municipality is truly grateful for the contributions of the Woodland Multi-Use Trail Association.


Employment Opportunity - Community Use Facility Supervisor

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is seeking applications for the position of Community Use Facility Supervisor. It is a part-time position responsible for the supervision and safety of patrons and facilities during Community Use at Shelburne Regional High School.

Main duties of the position include:
• Ensure the facility is used in accordance with the guidelines and rules provided.
• Ensure all safety requirements are always maintained.
• Supervise all persons at Community Use programs and activities.
• Ensure equipment is available and setup as required.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Responsible
• Punctual
• Effective communication skills
• Supervisory and/or security experience
• Available to work evenings and weekends

Full job description avaiable here:  pdf Facility Supervisor Job Description (111 KB)

Deadline to apply: 4:00pm, Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Adam Dedrick, Director of Recreation & Parks
In-person: 136 Hammond Street, Shelburne (3rd Floor)
Mail: P.O. Box 280, Shelburne NS B0T 1W0

Municipality of the District of Shelburne No Longer Providing Lock-Up Services

Shelburne, Nova Scotia — May 10, 2022 — The Municipality of the District of Shelburne has made the decision to no longer provide Lock-Up services as a result of a recent inspection conducted on March 3, 2022. Shelburne is the last Municipality in the Province of Nova Scotia to provide lock-up services, a service that is typically provided by the police of a jurisdiction.

“Due to the costs to upgrade the lock-up to meet the new provincial standards, along with the high-risk liability associated with operating such a facility, Council made the decision to no longer provide this service,” says Warden Penny Smith. “These types of decisions are never easy as they impact employees and services to our community,” says Warden Smith, adding that Council will continue dialogue with the RCMP and the Province as they advocate to help ensure lock-up services are provided in Shelburne County.

Since receiving the report from the recent inspection, Municipal staff have been meeting with representatives of the RCMP and the Province to discuss potential short-term and long-term solutions. In light of the deficiencies noted in the report, the Shelburne RCMP conducted a review of its continued use of the Lock-Up. Without renovations to remedy the noted deficiencies, RCMP made the decision to discontinue use of the facility. As a result of the RCMP decision, the Municipality’s primary paying client, the difficult decision was made to close the facility effective May 16, 2022.

This change has affected both the Shelburne and Barrington RCMP Detachments; however, alternate arrangements have been made for the Shelburne and Barrington RCMP Detachments to transport those in custody to other jurisdictions for safe holding while in custody. The RCMP Detachment in Barrington is in the process of upgrading their two lock-up cells as part of the short-term solutions.

On May 10, 2022, the Municipality of Shelburne met with the union of those employed at the Lock-Up and notified them of the decision to close the cells. Three full-time employees and one casual lock-up guard received layoff notices.
“Our partnership with the Municipality of the District of Shelburne and the Shelburne Lock-Up has continued to provide a safe place for those that our officers arrest and hold in cells. We take the safety of those arrested by our officers very seriously. While this change will mean that prisoners will no longer be held in cells in Shelburne, the RCMP will continue to provide high-quality policing to the residents and communities of Shelburne County moving forward.” says Supt. Dan Morrow, Southwest Nova District RCMP Policing Officer.

The Department of Justice confirms court services and related operations will continue in the area.

Media Contact:
Trudy Payne, CAO
(902) 875-3544 ext. 223


WHEREAS breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian women – it can be completely cured if caught in time.

AND WHEREAS 27,000 Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019; this represents 25% of all new cancer cases. 230 were men.

AND WHEREAS 5,000 women died of this disease in 2019: 13% of all cancer deaths.

AND WHEREAS women younger than 35 tend to be diagnosed with more aggressive, higher-grade tumors; they are often more advanced in diagnosis.

AND WHEREAS 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and 1 in 31 will die from it!

AND WHEREAS by proclaiming Tuesday, May 10, 2022, National Demin Day, the Municipality of the District of Shelburne assists the CURE Foundation for breast cancer in raising awareness about the seriousness of this women’s disease.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Penny Smith, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, do hereby proclaim that Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, to be “NATIONAL DENIM DAY”

In the Municipality of the District of Shelburne in the province of Nova Scotia, and in issuing this proclamation, ask our citizens to recognize this day.

Dated at Shelburne, Nova Scotia this 27th day of April 2022

Warden Penny Smith

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WHEREAS Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of a blacklegged tick infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi: and

WHEREAS blacklegged ticks carrying a variety of diseases or illnesses can now be found in all parts of Nova Scotia; and

WHEREAS awareness, education and practicing preventative measures, such as daily tick checks and proper tick removal, can help reduce your chances of contracting tick-borne diseases.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Penny Smith, Warden on behalf of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as “LYME DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH”.

Dated at Shelburne, Nova Scotia this 27th day of April 2022

Warden Penny Smith

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Transfer of Ownership of Roseway Manor- A Long-Term Care Facility in Shelburne County

At recent respective council meetings, the Town of Shelburne, the Municipality of Shelburne and the Town of Lockeport made motions to transfer ownership of Roseway Manor to a private for-profit entity. The Manor is currently a Municipal Corporation owned by the three municipal units.

In recent discussions with staff at the Provincial Department of Seniors, the various options to transfer ownership were discussed with the two Towns, the Municipality, and the Board of Roseway Manor. As owners, the three municipalities carefully reviewed all options, keeping the Manor residents first and foremost in mind as well as staff and the community.

The information provided to the municipalities outlined that long-term care facilities are licensed by the Province of Nova Scotia and both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations are required to follow the same standards; the per diem rate would remain the same and both would likely maintain staff and continue to encourage community members to volunteer. Some of the differences are that a not-for-profit would involve recruitment of volunteers who would need to bring a matrix of skill sets required to govern a long-term care facility, whereas a for-profit, that specializes in long-term care services, would manage the facility. The liability of managing such a facility would reside with those community volunteers in a not-for-profit organization versus with the owners in a for-profit organization.

Considering this information, the Councils for the three municipalities all made the decision to transfer ownership to a private for-profit organization. The municipalities will ask the Province of Nova Scotia to call for a Request for Proposals for a new facility to be built and operated by a private for-profit entity, replacing the three municipalities as owners and request that the Minister of Municipal Affairs disband the municipal corporation. This process will take time and as it moves forward, the Manor will continue to operate and provide quality services and care to residents. The three municipalities recognize and value the staff who provide excellent care and realize they are important to the future of Roseway Manor.

There are 84 long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia; 14% are owned by municipal corporations, 44% by for-profit organizations and 42% by not-for-profit organizations. In Shelburne County we have examples of each model; a not-for profit facility in Barrington, Bayside Home and a for-profit in Lockeport, MacLeod Surf Lodge Nursing Home. Both providing excellent care to their residents.

Summer Jobs-Recreation and Parks Department

The Municipality of Shelburne Recreation and Parks Department is seeking applications to fill the following summer positions:

Swim Program Coordinator (14 Weeks)- pdf Job Description (195 KB)

Program Leader (9 weeks)- pdf Job Description (156 KB)

Inclusion Support Staff (9 weeks)- pdf Job Description (161 KB)

Cover letters and resumes will be accepted until 4pm on May 13, 2022.

We appreciate all expressions of interest for these positions; however, only those applicants receiving an interview will be contacted.

Submit cover letter and resumes to:

Adam Dedrick, Director of Recreation and Parks

Municipality of the District of Shelburne

136 Hammond Street, PO Box 280

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0