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Equipment Operator 3 (Casual)



Competition # : 37555 

Department: Legislative Services

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Casual

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Hansard Reporting Services produces the official reports of the meetings of the House of Assembly and its various committees. We thrive in a fast-paced environment. We enjoy the unfolding of political history and are committed to maintaining excellence and meeting our deadline.


About Our Opportunity


As an Equipment Operator, you will play an essential role in the first stage of producing the Hansard. You will transcribe five-minute segments of digital audio to produce a draft transcript that complies with our style guide and formatting guidelines. In subsequent stages of production, you will work with proofreaders and associate editors to further refine the transcript before it is published on the Legislature’s website.


Equipment Operator 3s focus on speed, accuracy, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. They are trained in, know, and apply the Hansard style and format rules.


Primary Accountabilities


An Equipment Operator 3:

  • Selects from the digital audio platform a five-minute segment of the proceedings of the House of Assembly, legislative committee or other meeting, listens to the segment and transcribes what is heard in a prescribed format;
  • Assists in other stages of completing the record of the proceedings of the House of Assembly, legislative committees and other meetings; and
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience


You have at least five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. You excel in the following areas:

  • English grammar, spelling, and punctuation;
  • Fast and accurate keyboarding and transcription;
  • Listening skills;
  • Advanced formatting in Microsoft Word and experience using OneNote;
  • Basic internet research;
  • Working independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines; and,
  • Welcoming regular feedback.


You must be flexible and able to adjust your working hours to those set for proceedings of the House of Assembly and its committees. You have the ability to attend to detail and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment.

Knowledge of Hansard and parliamentary procedure, interest in current events, experience using Sliq, facility with learning new software, and fluency in written and spoken French are assets.


Please clearly indicate in your resume and cover letter how you meet the qualifications and requirements for this position. 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


Our workplace is in a comfortable office environment in downtown Halifax.


Additional Information


The House of Assembly sits twice a year, in the Fall and Spring. These sittings carry a significant workload. Work typically commences in the early afternoon and continues into the evening. As a rule, time off is not permitted. Overtime is expected and required.


Please note this is a casual opportunity that may last up to 10 weeks in duration. 



Pay Grade:  CL 16  

Salary Range:  $22.02 - $24.62 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 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