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Development Engineer (Engineer 1-3)



Competition # : 33619 

Department: Public Works

Location: BEDFORD

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/7/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Maintaining our Provincial built infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for people like you to help our Province achieve big things.


The Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, 4,100 bridges, and 9 provincial ferries.  There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon in our Province, and this is your opportunity to get involved with supporting the efficient flow of communications pertaining to winter road construction, snow and ice control activities, and maintenance operations.


About Our Opportunity


The Department of Public Works is recruiting graduate Civil Engineers for development opportunities. Successful applicants will work in our Engineer Development Program for a period of one to two years. Upon completion of the program, the incumbent can apply, or be appointed to, other Project or Design Engineer opportunities.


Primary Accountabilities


Development Engineers will spend the construction months (six to eight months) in the field working with senior Project Engineers and will obtain experience in all phases of contract work for bridge and highway construction and rehabilitation, cost estimating and contract administration.


Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Structural or related) and registered with Engineers Nova Scotia as an Engineer in-training.


A valid driver’s license is required and you must have access to a reliable motor vehicle.


You must be able to manage multiple priorities, supervise people, have excellent organizational skills, be a quick learner and demonstrate sound decision making skills.  In addition, you must have effective verbal and written communication skills.  The position demands an individual who can communicate effectively in dealing with the public, staff and various officials.  A working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and computer proficiency are essential components of this position.  A working knowledge of the Department’s policies and procedures would be considered an asset.  Experience managing budgets and an understanding of the principles of project management as it relates to highway / bridge construction and maintenance would also be considered an asset.

The following competencies are required:


  • Ability to analyze information and identify relationships;
  • Ability to be adaptable and see other points of view; using attention to detail to ensure accuracy and quality; and
  • Ability to achieve desired results; communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing and work collaboratively with others.


We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




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


The great outdoors will be your worksite. You will have some time spent in an office environment, but most of your time will be spent outside during all seasons and various weather conditions on heavily-travelled roads or in rough, isolated areas of construction sites.


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


An Engineer must be “Licensed to Practice” as determined by Engineers Nova Scotia before being classified as an Engineer 3.


This opportunity is a term position that will end on December 31, 2023.


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.



Pay Grade:  PR 08 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $1,955.09 - $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