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Senior Project Engineer (Engineer 4)



Competition # : 32758 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: BEDFORD

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/28/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


At the Department of Transportation and Active Transit (TAT), we manage 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges across Nova Scotia. We are responsible for managing major capital construction projects, snow and ice control services, along with road maintenance and repair services.


If you are known for your creativity and innovative ways of thinking to lead change, develop strategies, and impact the industry, then we have the opportunity for you.


Primary Accountabilities


Under the direction of the Construction Manager, the Senior Project Engineer will lead a team of Project Engineers, Engineering Survey Technicians, in-house and external technical experts in development of cost-effective solutions for complex road infrastructure projects.  You must remain current in engineering best practices and engineering procedures. You are responsible for the preparation of detailed cost estimates and tender documents for all projects in the District Capital Program ensuring accuracy and consistency in meeting Departmental standards.


You are the District’s lead contact for all stakeholders throughout the Capital Program tendering process.  You will assist the Construction Manager and other members of the District’s Management Team in the development of priorities for the Capital program which will be published annually in the Department’s Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan.  You will also mentor junior Engineering and technical staff and recommend required training.


Qualifications and Experience


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


A valid driver's license is required.


This position demands a highly organized and motivated self-starter who can work with minimal supervision. You must possess an understanding of the principles of the various strategies relating to highway/bridge construction and rehabilitation, including the ability to interpret specifications and diagnose engineering problems relating to all facets of highway and bridge design and construction.


You must be able to supervise technical staff, manage multiple projects and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. You must also have a thorough understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and general knowledge of Government policies and procedures relating to the Departmental Health, Safety and Environment Program. Computer skills for word processing (Word) and analytical applications (Excel) are required. Previous experience and knowledge in Project Management will be considered an asset.


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


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.


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