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Grow Where You're Planted Scholarship/Summer Internship (Designated Position)



Competition # : 28970 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 4/30/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Designation Status


This opportunity is designated to applicants that identify as African Nova Scotian.

About Us


At the Department of Agriculture, our vision is to create a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We work to support the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia.  


About Our Opportunity


Are you an African Nova Scotian student, looking for a summer job and an opportunity to experience the food security and the modern agricultural science industry? If so, we have a multi-layered opportunity for you.


The Department of Agriculture has an entrance scholarship of at least $2500 available to support your first year of study in an agricultural degree program at a Canadian university (the amount may be re-evaluated based on financial need). In addition to receiving the scholarship, you will also have a summer job with the Department of Agriculture after completing your first year. You will receive a salary for your work (~$10,000) and will gain valuable work experience and contacts in the agriculture industry, which will help you narrow down the kind of work you’d like to do in the future.


Primary Accountabilities


In the role that will be based in Bible Hill you will have the opportunity to experience the varied work available across the Department of Agriculture tailored to your specific interests which may include:


  • Research and analysis to support Knowledge & Technology transfer
  • Field sampling
  • Developing and delivery of learning resources to classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom – Nova Scotia program
  • Laboratory processes and procedures (soil & water analysis as well as animal pathology)


Qualifications and Experience


You are an African Nova Scotian enrolled in your first year of a B.Sc. (Agriculture) program at a Canadian university, starting in September 2021. You are excited to learn more about agriculture! Create a short communication (e.g. 2-4 minute video, 1-2 page essay, etc) to let us know:


  • Why food security is important to your community;
  • The most exciting thing happening in agriculture right now; and
  • Why you want to pursue an agricultural career!


Additional Information



The scholarship will be awarded pending proof of enrollment for the 2021-22 school year. The summer internship has an expected start date of May 2, 2022 and an expected end date of August 26, 2022. The internship work location is Truro-Bible Hill.


Application Checklist


  1. Agricultural communication piece (video, essay, graphic design)
    • PDF files can be uploaded into the application portal

    • If you create a video, please upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video and include the link to your video in your cover letter or resume. The system cannot accept uploaded video files.

  2. Transcript
  3. Resume and cover letter
  4. Reference letter (from a teacher, counsellor, student support worker, coach, employer, etc.)


Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview in April 2021.


Applications will be assessed as follows:


  • Interest in agriculture and food security - 30
  • Academic achievement - 10
  • Extracurricular activities - 10
  • Demonstrates leadership - 5
  • Reference - 5
  • Interview - 40


Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $17.85 - $21.69 Hourly



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