Employer Advisor

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture (NSFA) represents the interests of Nova Scotia’s agricultural community. Today its members account for well over 90% of all agricultural production in Nova Scotia and brings together farm businesses representing all aspects of primary agriculture in the province. The NSFA tackles policy issues that impact the competitive and sustainable nature of the industry and takes an active role in supporting registered farms through the delivery of programs and services. The NSFA support farm employers by providing tools, resources, best practices and training.

The NSFA is currently seeking an Employer Advisor to join the Farm & Workforce Development Team. The Employer Advisor will work with the FWD Team to support farm employers and owners in navigating and advising on human resources, occupational health and safety and employment programs including temporary foreign workers, immigration, etc. The Employer Advisor will support the industry by developing and supporting innovative and inclusive recruitment and retention strategies.

We are looking for an individual that is passionate about the agriculture industry and supporting its biggest assets, its people. The ideal candidate will have a key understanding of the agriculture industry along with excellent communication and project management skills. The Employer Advisor must have a keen understanding of best practices and legislative requirements. The NSFA prides itself in providing an enthusiastic work environment and is a tight-knit supportive group encouraging collaboration and sharing of ideas.


  • Actively participate the Farm and Workforce Development Team to support the execution of the organization’s strategic plan and activities
  • Support and contribute to the organization’s strategic plan by providing guidance and expertise in the area of human resources and farm health and safety
  • Support the preparation of funding applications
  • Manage project budgets and expenditures
  • Liaise with members to understand and support their human resource and health and safety related needs by providing them with relevant information, tools and resources.
  • Liaise with stakeholders such as commodity groups, CAHRC, CASA, FMC, and government to support collaboration and coordination of activities
  • Act as the primary contact for farm employers seeking information on human resource and health and safety related issues and concerns including best practices and legislative requirements
  • Manage and coordinate the development and delivery of workshops, tools, resources, and best management practices to support effective farm business management including Human Resources, succession planning and health and safety plans
  • Manage and coordinate the development and delivery of diversity, equity and inclusion education and programming to support farm employers in providing welcoming workplaces
  • Manage and coordinate the development and delivery of resources to support new entrants
  • Ensure tools, resources and best management practices meet relevant labour and occupational health and safety legislation
  • Manage and coordinate the development of innovative and inclusive recruitment and retention strategies for farm employers
  • Support farms in fostering a culture of training and development for their employees as a strategy for recruitment and retention
  • Support farms in navigating various government employment programs such as Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, Atlantic Immigration Program
  • Collect feedback on training, workshops and resources, record results and share information among the team to inform future training and resources
  • Coordinate and support the development of funding applications and reports for funders, Team Lead and the Executive DirectorQualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources or related field
  • Experience in human resources and occupational health and safety; professional designations considered an asset (e.g. CHRP, CRSP)
  • Knowledge of Nova Scotia agriculture and industry culture is required
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills
  • Proficient in M365 and Adobe programs
  • Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong project management skills
  • Team-oriented but able to work independently
  • Must have valid Nova Scotia driver’s license and access to a vehicleWork With Us
  • Starting annual salary between $58,000 and $65,000
  • 3 weeks’ vacation annually
  • Employer paid health and dental benefits
  • Short term and long-term disability plan
  • 8% RRSP match following one year of employment

Email resume and cover letter to hr@nsfa-fane.ca quoting “Employer Advisor” in the subject line by June 24, 2022

Number of Vacancies: 1