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Inspector/Checker/Weigher (Spare)


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Competition # : 31259 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit


Zone: 25, 28, 30

Type of Employment: Spare Classification 

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/25/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Active Transit and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1867, the following opportunity is being posted.


Please quote the competition number and the Zone you are applying for as noted above on your application.

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Department of Transportation and Active Transit supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.  There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon in our Province, and this is your opportunity to get involved with the growth of your Provincial Infrastructure. Watch your hands-on experiences come to life as you support the construction of various projects through the District.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Inspector/Checker/Weigher, there’s no worry about doing the same thing day in, day out.  Things are always changing, no two days are alike, and every job is different.


You will oversee and maintain records of the daily delivery and distribution of materials at highway construction sites. You will ensure quality of materials delivered, and accuracy in information that is recorded.


Assignment of duties will be in accordance with Maintenance or Construction services operational needs including duties associated with Weigher, Checker and Inspector positions such as: weighing and recording materials; ensuring trucks are operating safely and within required weights; inspecting, cleaning and calibrating scales; and overseeing contractor activities.  You will also be required to assist the Survey Technician with on site duties on a regular basis. District operating policies and procedures and geographic differences across the province may dictate the nature and methods of the work performed.


Qualifications and Experience


Grade 12 completion or an acceptable equivalent of education and experience. Previous construction experience in areas such as bridge repair, road construction and surveying are an asset.


A valid driver’s license is required. Work is often performed in isolated areas, therefore access to a reliable vehicle is required.


The ability to read design plans and documents with an aptitude for mathematics is essential.  You are a self-motivated individual who is effective at working independently with minimal supervision.  Proven skills in time management, organization, and attention to detail are critical in this role.


Your exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills are key when liaising with staff, contractors, and the traveling public. You consistently maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service.


Certification in the following areas of training are considered assets: Traffic Control, Temporary Workplace Signage, Anti Stripping, Nova Scotia Forest Products Association Tree Felling, Erosion & Sediment Control, WHMIS, First Aid and CPR, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Fall Protection, and Chainsaw Safety.




Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Working Conditions


This position is physically demanding. Work is performed on construction sites, heavily travelled highways and in rough isolated areas with inherent exposure to dust/dirt, equipment noise, blasting, extreme weather temperatures and dangerous heights. This position requires you to climb, lift and carry various equipment throughout construction sites.


Additional Information


There are four (4) positions available based out of Hebbville which includes Zones 25, 28 and 30 in the Lunenburg Construction Area.


This position has no guarantee of hours – the successful candidate will be called on a when and as required basis.


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.



Pay Grade:  INSPECTR  

Salary Range:  $20.75 Hourly


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 CUPE local 1867 employees with a date of seniority.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to perform duties as necessary within their zone. 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.  PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


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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