Public Trustee

Job Summary

Location: Yellowknife
Department: Justice
Job ID: 23561
Salary: $137,456 - $164,190
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Mar 31, 2023

Department Information

The mandate of the Department of Justice is to administer justice, including policing, community justice, victims services and corrections in the Northwest Territories. This mandate will be carried out in a manner which respects community and indigenous values and encourages communities to assume increasing responsibilities.

Job Information

The Public Trustee oversees and is responsible and accountable for the management, direction and administration of the Public Trustee Program in the Northwest Territories. 

The position is located in Yellowknife. It reports to the Assistant Deputy Minister (Attorney General Branch) for administrative purposes. 

The scope of this position is diverse and significant, owing to the wide range of clients and legal and financial duties, as well as program areas. 
As a statutory officer, the Public Trustee is a fiduciary authority appointed under the Public Trustee Act by the Government of the Northwest Territories to protect and manage the legal and financial interests of vulnerable residents of the Northwest Territories and administer estates of deceased persons when there is no one else to do so or where it meets the criteria for the Office of the Pubic Trustee to administer.  The powers and duties of the Public Trustee are set out under the Public Trustee Act, the Guardianship and Trusteeship Act the Powers of Attorney Act, the Rules of Court, the Estate Administration Rules, and other legislation, as well as judge­ made law.

Typically attained by:
A common law degree – J.D. or LL.B.
Membership in or eligibility for membership as an active member of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories; At least seven (7) years of active law practice with progressive responsibility, in a common law jurisdiction with experience in wills, trusts, estates, litigation, family and property law and related areas.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel (867) 767-9154 Extension 14106
Fax (867) 873-0445

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 23561         

Closing Date: March 31, 2023 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from $70.49 per hour to $84.20  per hour (approx. $137,456.00 to $164, 190.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,700.00 per annum.