Survey Technician 2(A)-(B)



Competition # : 39220 

Department: Agriculture

Location: Flexible

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Maintaining the provincial dykeland infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for a Survey Technician like you to help our Province achieve support for the maintenance of this infrastructure.

The Capital Projects Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture is responsible for the Nova Scotia Dykeland System comprised of 81 agricultural marshes, 240 km of dykes, 250 aboiteaux, and 17,000 hectares of protected land. In addition to protecting highly productive agricultural land, the dyke system protects high value assets such as highways, communities, railways, windmills and cultural sites. This provincial dykeland system is considered critical infrastructure.


Nova Scotia Dykeland Systems Upgrade Project:

If you are highly motivated, focused, and committed to working in a team environment related to dykeland system maintenance work, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.




In this role, your focus will be supporting the Dykeland System Upgrade Project (DSUP) in facilitating the Capital Program. You will also be responsible for:

  • Conducting field surveys to determine quantities of materials used for project planning and payment under capital construction projects.
  • Utilize AutoCAD to provide as-built drawings, corridors, alignments, site plans and profile plans. 
  • Design and perform survey layouts competently and accurately.
  • Utilize best practices for surveying.
  • Provide topographic and cross-sectional surveys in challenging environments along the Provincial dykeland system adjacent to the Bay of Fundy. 
  • Coordinate surveying activities with the assigned engineer to meet construction requirements.

As a Survey Technician you will be required to perform CAD drawing manipulation, RTK GPS, NRTK GPS, and total station equipment set up, use, and configuration. 




As a successful Survey Technician 2(A)-(B), you will have Diploma in surveying technology​​​​​​ and a thorough knowledge of construction surveying. You must possess a Valid drivers’ license.

  • Graduation from a two (2) year Survey course is required.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS Pro is considered an asset.
  • Experience using RPAs for surveying and volume calculations is considered an asset.
  • Must have a thorough knowledge of construction surveying.
  • Valid drivers’ license.

As the ideal candidate, you:

  • Are a self-motivated individual who works well independently with minimal supervision;
  • Participate fully as an effective team player;
  • Are experienced with current AutoCAD™ software packages designed for use in a surveying or engineering environment;
  • Are familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations, and safe working practices; and
  • Have experience in the use of spreadsheet software, word processing, and email applications.




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.


Working Conditions


Work will be required in tidal areas, varying weather conditions, and working over rough terrain. Work is performed in regional locations with tidal conditions exposed to occasional; water, mud, and machinery noise.  Candidate must be able to work over rough terrain and carry up to 50lbs.


Additional Information


Incumbent must have a valid driver’s license

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

This position has a flexible location in either Truro or Windsor which will be dependent on on 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 18  

Salary Range:  $1,855.00 - $2,178.43 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