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Manager Crown Survey Administration



Competition # : 31948 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/2/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.

The Surveys Division is responsible for the coordination and leadership of the Department's land surveying program.  This includes: establishing, maintaining, improving, and monitoring standards for land surveying activities on Crown lands; and developing, managing and administering the Crown lands cadastral database by maintaining a client facing digital interface and a physical registry of interests on Crown lands.  The physical registry includes, but is not limited to: records; maps; titles; grants; easements; licenses; and leases.

About Our Opportunity


As the Manager, Crown Survey Administration, you will ensure that legislation, policies and procedures required to support the Department’s survey program are implemented and followed, and the administration of Crown land is compliant with all requirements therein.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities include: 

  • Managing technical staff within the Surveys Division; assessing, recommending training needs, delegating tasks to staff, tracking progress, effectively utilizing resources available to ensure priorities and deadlines are met, ensuring survey products are completed in a timely manner and are aligned with Departmental and Government priorities. 
  • Leading staff in the production of surveying products required by the Branch and the Department and support the work of the Director of Surveys. 
  • Aiding in the development and improvement of surveying product deliverables by evaluating existing standards and actively improving processes, standards, templates and by researching and developing innovative/adaptive solutions to support Government red tape reduction goals. 
  • Identifying properties related to Department transactions that require surveying to support various Government initiatives. 
  • Keeping current with continuously changing legislation, technology and processes to continue the delivery of high-quality surveying products and information in a timely and cost effective manner, while adopting current survey standards, Geomatic tools, and best practices. 

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelors degree along with several years of related experience. An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered. You must be a licensed, active member of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors or equivalent.


As the ideal candidate you keep current with continuously changing legislation, technology, and processes to deliver high quality surveying products and information in a timely and cost-effective manner; have a demonstrated history of adapting and improving processes that assist with solving problems, removing roadblocks, and reducing latencies in product delivery; formulate decisions based on existing legislation, policies and processes. 


You have exceptional communication (written/verbal) and relationship building skills to work with various internal and external stakeholders including other departments, private land surveyors and the public at large.

While not required, previous experience in a leadership role is considered an asset.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are:  Analytical Thinking, Action Management, Team  Leadership, Initiative, Interactive Communication, Partnering and Relationship Building, and Intercultural and Diversity Proficiency.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Salary Information

EC 11 -  

$3,062.13 - $3,836.49 



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


Work within in office environment.

Occasional travel by car for site visits is required, which might require the use of protective gear such as a hard hat, safety boots, eyewear and gloves.

Additional Information


You must be an active member with the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors.

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:  EC 11 

Salary Range:  $3,062.13 - $3,836.49 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.


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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