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Engineer 4 (Water and Wastewater Engineering Specialist)

Date: Feb 5, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3B4

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29064 

Department: Environment

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/26/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia Environment focuses on climate change, protecting our environment and advancing our ambitious environmental goals.  We are responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of our environment and have a staff of more than 250 employees working from offices throughout Nova Scotia. Almost 70 per cent of the department's resources support inspections and monitoring activities. Among the items we are responsible for are air quality, drinking water and many other facets of everyday life.

About Our Opportunity

As the Water and  Wastewater Engineering Specialist, with the department of Environment, you will be responsible for the development and interpretation of regulations, standards, guidelines, policies and strategies respecting the treatment and management of drinking water and wastewater.

Primary Accountabilities

Within this position, you will provide technical engineering support to staff in other departmental divisions as well as other provincial departments. Other project opportunities within this role may include:

  • Establishing and amending treatment performance standards,
  • Representing the department on national or provincial bodies, and
  • Leading teams of professional staff in recommending and developing government policies and programs for industrial, water and wastewater management, including the identification of emerging issues and research needs.

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s in Engineering plus 6 years of engineer experience in a related field (such as water and wastewater treatment) as well as registered (or eligible for registration) with the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia as Licensed to Practice.

Additional education in a relevant engineering or applied science program would be an asset.

To be successful within this role, you will have knowledge of both water and wastewater treatment coupled with a strong understanding of public policy development. You will also have an understanding of provincial and federal legislation, regulations policies and programs relevant to water and wastewater management in Nova Scotia.

In addition to these technical skills, you will also:

  • Demonstrate strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Be an effective and engaging team leader
  • Exhibit well-developed planning and organizational skills,
  • Have the ability multi-task and adapt in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities
  • Build strong and lasting relationships with various internal and external stakeholders


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. 

Additional Information

Please note: moderate travel will be required.

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. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 18  

Salary Range:  $3,015.17 - $3,545.93 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). 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