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Clerk 2 (Naturalist Interpreter, Part-Time, 50%)



Competition # : 37843 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/7/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The museum of Natural History is part of the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. This department supports communities across the province to be welcoming, inclusive, and accessible, providing a great quality of life for Nova Scotians.  We value the collective diversity of our heritage and our people and believe in the transformative nature of culture to help create healthy, active, growing communities. For more information visit


About Our Opportunity


The Museum of Natural History is responsible for the collecting and recording of artifacts of cultural significance to Nova Scotia as well as promoting Nova Scotia's natural landscape. Here at the Museum, we house collections on Archeology, Ethnology, Mammals, Marine life and more.


Primary Accountabilities


  • As the Naturalist Interpreter you will assist in the delivery and development of interpretive programs that enhance the visitor experience at the Museum of Natural History and support its policies, plans, interpretive themes, and collections. These programs include discovery stations, education programs, demonstrations, presentations and conversational interpretation, gallery tours, films, traveling exhibition programs, workshops, field trips, and special events.
  • As a Naturalist you are responsible for maintaining the Museum's collection of live plants and animals and ensuring that care and handling policies and procedures are followed. You will respond to public enquiries and requests for natural history information such as specimen identification. You will assist in promoting the Museum's interpretive products and services and foster collaborative partnerships both inside and outside government.

Qualifications and Experience

Grade 11 plus three years related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of Nova Scotia's natural history.

  • Knowledge of enquiry-based learning and experience working within a visitor-centered museum environment is essential to this position.
  • Demonstrated natural history interpretation experience in a museum or outdoor education environment.
  • Superior communication and presentation (both oral and written) skills and proven ability to deliver, develop and research interpretive programs in a museum or informal learning environment.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a dynamic, creative team that includes external partners.
  • Experience with Word processing (Word/Word Perfect) and the internet is required. 

Assets for this role include:

  • Proficiency in French language is considered an asset.
  • Valid NS driver’s license is considered an asset.
  • Experience with animal care (reptiles and amphibians) is an asset

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.




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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


Working Conditions


Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings and to travel.


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 or will result in termination of your employment. 


Additional Information


This is a Part Time, Term employment opportunity with an anticipated start date of March 27 and end date of December 31, 2024; however, the status of the opportunity (Term/Temporary/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:  CL 13  

Salary Range:  $1,450.14 - $1,578.47 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