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Senior Development Engineer (Engineer 4)



Competition # : 35343 

Department: Public Works

Location: BEDFORD

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/18/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Department of Public Works designs, constructs and maintains provincial highways, public buildings, bridges and other related infrastructure. Our District Highway Services Division is responsible for managing major capital construction projects, snow and ice control services, along with road maintenance and repair services.


With a mandate to provide the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, maintenance and upkeep of our highway system is paramount to our core responsibilities.


About Our Opportunity


As the Development Engineer, you lead the coordination, review and approval of development applications for the Central District; including residential or commercial access to existing roadside lots, subdivision of existing lots, and development of large residential, commercial and community initiatives.


Primary Accountabilities


You have several important responsibilities which directly impact the development of annual and multi-year development projects, all the while ensuring the integrity of the provincial highway system. In this capacity, the Development Engineer reviews transportation studies relating to municipal and private developments and service demand by using standard engineering methodologies along with computerized travel demand forecasting models, as well as other innovative analysis techniques.


Reporting to the District Director, and working closely with the Area Managers, you will have a lead role in reviewing and approving technical reports and drawings; ensuring stable progression and continuity of design projects and initiatives. You will also:


  • review and direct the review of private development plans;
  • establish and monitor procedures to ensure efficiency, accuracy and consistency in the processing of all development permit applications;
  • manage and guide the Engineering Technicians; and
  • positively represent the Department on inter-governmental and intra-governmental infrastructure planning teams.


Qualifications and Experience


A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering is required along with a minimum of six (6) years of related experience in highway maintenance, construction or commercial or residential development. You must be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as a Full Member (P.Eng) with Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS).


Travel is a component of this position; as such, you must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel as required.


As the ideal candidate, experience and familiarity with the Public Highways Act and Municipality Act is essential. You also have knowledge of Access Management guidelines and procedures. You are also familiar with the preparation of Traffic Impact Studies and interpretation of results. Familiarity with the Department's Occupational Health and Safety and Environment program is considered an asset.


The successful candidate will be an effective leader and communicator with excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills. The incumbent will be highly motivated and able to work independently on complex, detailed studies and to present technical information clearly and succinctly both in written and verbal formats.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies 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


Your time will be split between an office environment and travel throughout your area visiting work sites, reviewing roads and bridges, and travel for meetings in various weather conditions.


Additional Information


This position involves travel throughout the Province; a valid driver’s license and daily access to a reliable motor vehicle is necessary.


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 18  

Salary Range:  $3,030.25 - $3,563.66 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