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Geophysicist (Geologist 3)



Competition # : 34058 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/27/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables manages and promotes energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors. The Subsurface Energy Development Branch of the Department provides leadership, strategic direction, research, and innovation for building subsurface energy regimes in onshore and offshore Nova Scotia.  Subsurface energy responsibilities include establishing resource and economic potential for development while ensuring responsible resource stewardship. The Department manages these resources through legislation, regulations, market assessments, and cross-jurisdiction relationships for energy development.


About Our Opportunity


As the Geologist 3 you will provide expertise in Geophysics to advance Nova Scotia’s economic, social, and environmental goals.


Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:

  • Planning, conducting and reporting on specialized independent geophysics research and/or providing technical geoscience specialization for the creation, maintenance and dissemination of geoscientific data and sample collections to clients.
  • Creating and managing one or more annual project plans including creating and reporting on the project.
  • Advising, consulting with and providing geoscience, technical and regulatory expertise to management, government/intergovernmental departments, agencies, committees, academia, and industry associations.
  • Presenting scientific papers and technical expertise on programs to various audiences.
  • Attending appropriate geotechnical meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars.


In this role you will report to the Manager, Subsurface Energy and Development.


Qualifications and Experience


This may be a right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor of Science in area of earth and geosciences plus 5 years of related experience; or a Master’s in Science plus 4 years of related experience; or a Doctorate plus 2 years of related experience.


Specific geoscience expertise must include but is not limited to proficiency in the Petrel Geophysical and Petrophysical software, has excellent communication skills, experience in offshore subsea survey planning for geophysical surveys and remote and autonomous vehicles.


You have strong knowledge and skills in reflection seismic, AVO analysis, 2D and 3D seismic reprocessing, familiarity working with sonar and multibeam data and be able to integrate their interpretations to the geological information, such as but not limited to, tectonics, biostratigraphy, geochemistry and rock physics. Proficient in GIS and statistical modelling as it relates to resource estimate and prospectivity is a must.


Considered assets of background and experience are structural geology, sedimentology, geographic information systems, integrated resource management and geoscientific editing. The incumbent should be eligible for registration with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia. 


As the successful candidate you will have demonstrated experience in being self-directed and providing prompt and respectful service to a diverse client community.  


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


Work within an office environment.


Occasional travel for conferences, trade shows, marketing and field work. Sometimes in remote locations. 


Additional Information


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.


A Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) or eligibility to apply for professional designation with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia is 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
  • Countless career paths.
  • Department specific flexible working schedules



Pay Grade:  PR 15 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $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