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Equipment Operator (Snow and Ice Control) (17 Week Winter Works Period)



Competition # : 32787 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: Amherst and Parrsboro

Zone: 20 and 24

Type of Employment: Winter Works Period

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 9/28/2021 (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


Maintaining our Provincial Infrastructure is no small job.


The Department of Transportation and Active Transit (TAT) supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.


If you enjoy operating Heavy Equipment, are looking for flexible work, and seeking your next opportunity where you will directly contribute to the safety of our province, we want to hear from you.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Equipment Operator, your role is primarily responsible for operating snow removal equipment such as snow- plows, graders, and loaders. General maintenance of the equipment, pre-and-post trip inspections, and completion of daily logs is also required. You will also assist with construction and maintenance work such as maintaining traffic control signs, road surface repairs, general maintenance, and traffic control.


Qualifications and Experience


A minimum Class 3 license with air brake endorsement plus two (2) years of truck driving experience at a Class 3 (or higher) level OR successful completion of a recognized professional driving course plus one (1) year of Class 3 (or higher) driving experience is required.


Knowledge of hydraulic systems and a mechanical aptitude are considered assets. Previous experience operating trucks with salt and plow equipment, a Class I license, and knowledge of salt spreading systems are also considered assets. As you will be required to complete daily logs and inspection reports, both reading and writing comprehension is necessary.


You are flexible, self-motivated, and comfortable working in adverse weather conditions.  As part of our team, you bring professionalism and hold a high standard for client service.




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 be working in all types of weather conditions, environmental hazards, traffic conditions, occasional work performed in a mechanical environment occasioned by smoke and fumes.  Expected to work in above normal noise, dust and vibrations.


Additional Information


There are three (3) opportunities based out of: 


  • Amherst (Zone 20)  (1 Position)
  • Parrsboro (Zone 24) (2 Positions)


You will be assessed on the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: practical driving test on a tandem truck, written examination, interview, and reference checks.


Applicants will also be required to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment.


Applicants who are successful in obtaining a 17-week Winter Works Period opportunity are required to be available at all times and guaranteed a minimum ninety (90) hours for every two calendar weeks during the Winter Works period.


To be eligible for 17-week Winter Works period positions, applicants must be declared competent as an OPTP (One Person Truck Plow) operator by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.


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:  EQP OPER  

Salary Range:  $22.17 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. 


Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:



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