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Driver Examiner (Motor Vehicle Officer 2)



Competition # : 37829 

Department: Public Works


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/3/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Road Safety Division at the Department of Public Works is responsible for the administration of drivers and vehicles in the province. We are responsible for the policies, legislation, and regulations that guide Road Safety in our province. We operate in a proactive regulatory environment. We maintain records regarding driver licensing, medical fitness, driver competency, and compliance, all working together to ensure a safe road network.


You are part of the team who directly impacts safety in your Province through driver education, evaluation, and testing. If you have a passion for delivering great service, a commitment to safety, the drive to make a difference, and the willingness to go the extra mile, then we want to hear from you.


About Our Opportunity


We offer an internationally certified in-house training program, providing an excellent career advancement opportunity. You will spend time with our service partners at Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (SNS-IS), becoming familiar with the documents, policies, and processes that guide our industry such as drivers’ licenses, vehicle permits, and registration documents. You will also learn to administer written tests, vision tests and screening. You will have in-car training (including backseat observation and evaluation) along with training in driver intervention (including driver counseling, re-examines, interviews, and restorations). Further training includes commercial and motorcycle training courses.


This is a very structured training program with frequent check-ins and testing. We also provide access to educational workshops and information sessions along the way, ensuring you are up to date on all.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Driver Examiner, you play a critical role in supporting road safety in your province and the results of your work are very far reaching; impacting driver, passenger, and pedestrian ability to return home safely.


You will conduct up to 12 road tests a day ranging from learners, upgrades and motorcycle examinations to driver interventions. In your role, you maintain a high level of standards when determining driver ability and competency in the safe operation of a motor vehicle. You examine, re-examine, license and evaluate new and experienced drivers in accordance with the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations. You assess driver behavior and determine the best course of action for moving forward. You conduct client interviews on topics such as Driver's License records history and make subsequent recommendations to the Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles. Given the sensitivity of information dealt with daily, this position requires you to maintain a high degree of neutrality and confidentiality.


Qualifications and Experience


A keen interest in highway safety is critical. At a minimum, you have high school completion and five (5) years of experience with evaluation techniques, escalated client engagements, and customer service; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


You have computer skills and are experienced with various software applications in an office environment, including the ability to perform data entry.


As the ideal candidate you are professional in your work; fair, but firm; decisive and empathetic. Your ability to make split second decisions is instrumental in your role. Occasionally you will be faced with challenging and sensitive situations and your ability to communicate effectively, show empathy, maintain composure and harmonize client relations are critical. We work in a fast-paced environment and you will often be working independently; you will need to exercise your sound judgement skills and remain motivated to achieve results. Your self-awareness and personal impact are essential to your success; you must maintain composure in stressful situations, control the situation, and remain respectful in all situations.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:

  • A Bachelor degree and one (1) year of related experience


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




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


This job is stressful! The successful candidate must have a proven track record of managing highly stressful situations in an extremely fast paced environment. You will be required to take verbal and physical control of moving vehicles in order to avoid collisions. You may also be exposed to fumes, scents, allergens, and adverse weather conditions.


Additional Information


You must have a clean driving record and will be required to submit a driver abstract upon interview. This position does require travel throughout the Province, therefore daily access to a reliable motor vehicle is required.


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of January 31, 2025. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.


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.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  TE 21  

Salary Range:  $2,033.56 - $2,382.51 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