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Maintenance Worker (Maintenance Worker 3(A) )



Competition # : 31981 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: BADDECK

Type of Employment: Seasonal

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/29/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

About Our Opportunity


Under the direction of the Area Manager, or designate, the Maintenance Worker is responsible for leading, participating and supervising seasonal staff who carry out department programs; conducts general maintenance of department vehicles, buildings, grounds, and equipment; seeks compliance of self and from staff with Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and department policies.  

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the key responsibilities in this role include: 

  • Supervising and/or directing assigned seasonal employees daily. Maintains fire equipment in a state of readiness by implementing a regularly scheduled inventory, maintenance, and testing program. 
  • Assisting district Forest Technicians with implementing various department programs such as crown and private land resource management, wildlife management, wildfire, provincial park programs, etc. including but not limited to various surveys and inspections, biological collections, monitoring procedures, maintenance and construction projects, nuisance wildlife complaints, and preparing reports associated with duties. 
  • Schedule and lead employee training sessions to ensure fire crew and others are prepared to respond to fire emergencies, and are familiar with department policies, procedures and equipment, and in compliance with Occupational Health and Safety requirements. 
  • Assisting district Technicians in the presentation of various extension services or training sessions for the general public and organizations, such as Basic Fire Suppression Courses, Woodlot Owner of the Year Field Days, school visits, local parades. 

Qualifications and Experience


  • Grade 10 and a minimum of 4 years related experience.  Preference given to those with:
  • General carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical knowledge; building and grounds 
  • maintenance; general machine and equipment maintenance; use of tractors, ride-on mowers, push mowers, string trimmers and hand and power tools.
  • Supervision and evaluating the work of others.
  • Valid (Standard) First Aid certificate and WHMIS training.
  • Valid N.S. Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent and able to operate standard shift vehicle.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Must be computer literate with ability to utilize government software programs as well as
  • generate and maintain various inventory records.
  • Knowledge of cleaning methods and sanitation requirements.


This position requires the ability to lead and work as part of a team, and performs strenuous manual tasks in an outdoor environment. Duties often require working irregularly scheduled hours, weekends, evenings and holidays. During times of high fire activity may be assigned to assist in fire suppression. Must be willing to be transported in department aircraft, and attend department training in duties related to this position.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have:

  • Basic Wildland Fire Suppression Certification.
  • Experience and / or training in radio communication.
  • Tractor/Backhoe Operator Training.
  • Ability to lead Department Training Sessions  
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Forest Safety Society certified for power saw and spacing saws.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Salary Information

MOS 10 -  

$1,659.36 - $1,698.28 



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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


Duties often require working irregularly scheduled hours, overtime, standby, and frequent evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Must be willing to be transported in department aircraft, and attend department training related to this position.

Additional Information

This is a temporary opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 3, 2021; however, the status of the opportunity is dependent on the start date of the successful applicant. 

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:  MOS 10  

Salary Range:  $1,659.36 - $1,698.28 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