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Environmental Engineer (Engineer 1-3)



Competition # : 32031 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/30/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Making this Province work is no small job.


The Environmental Services Team of the Department of Transportation and Active Transit plays a pivotal role in ensuring new and existing infrastructure in our Province is sustainably developed with minimal risk to our environment.


We have an exciting opportunity for an Environmental Engineer, perfect for a person who has developing technical skills in the planning and execution of infrastructure projects, such as highway and building construction/maintenance.


About Our Opportunity


As the Environmental Engineer, you are responsible for the planning, coordination and administration of complex environmental projects such as decommissioning sites of former provincial buildings, improving environmental performance of our operating bases, and providing engineering support to highway maintenance and construction projects.


Primary Accountabilities


You will manage contaminated sites, lead the environmental assessment and screening of major infrastructure projects, highways as an example, contributing to the development and maintenance of environmental design policies and standards. You will also be responsible for coordinating research and analysis related to environmental engineering technologies and procedures as they relate to highway and infrastructure construction, an essential part of your role.


You review and approve technical reports and drawings and contribute summaries and briefings to senior executives.


You will provide environmental engineering and design advice while assisting Departmental staff and other government agencies and represent Environmental Services on various committees and design teams.  You will provide support to all areas of the province with the unique challenges that arise, while achieving the Department’s objectives.


Qualifications and Experience


A bachelors’ degree in Engineering from an accredited engineering institution is required. You must be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as an Engineer in Training (EIT) with Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS).


You are comfortable in both office and field environments and possess a comprehensive knowledge of environmental and health and safety regulations, industry practices and safe work practices.


You also bring:


  • Proven experience and demonstrated ability with managing complex environmental projects;
  • Working knowledge of procurement policy and tendering procedures;
  • The ability to manage timelines, resources, and budgets and to ensure all three constraints are met;
  • Creative and innovative problem solving skills to develop solutions;
  • Project management skills, along with solid planning and organization skills, to ensure budgets and timeline targets of the Department are achieved; and
  • The ability to work diligently to achieve goals and meet strict deadlines to contribute to effective and efficient department programs.


In this position your verbal and written communication skills are essential when working with a diversity of stakeholders.  You are analytical and resourceful in nature, all the while your ability to work as part of a team will ensure Environmental Services will continuously go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve our goals.


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.




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


During field assignments, you may be required to visit on-site locations where heavy equipment is in operation, visit remote locations, and work in areas where hazardous materials are in use.


Additional Information


Travel through the province is a component of this position; as such, you must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel. Please include a copy of your current driver’s abstract with your application.


A designated Site Professional as defined by the Contaminated Sites Regulations is desirable.


To be classified as an Engineer 3, you must be (or meet the requirements to be) actively registered as a Full Member (P.Eng) with Engineers Nova Scotia (ENS).


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 for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



Pay Grade:  PR 08 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $1,955.09 - $3,155.27 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