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Researcher, Acquisition & Disposal (Planning Technician 1-2(A)-(B))



Competition # : 32971 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/20/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


With the introduction of the new cabinet on August 31st, 2021, some Nova Scotia Government departments are going through name changes and structural transitions. Until administrative & system updates are made, the name of these departments, as it appears in the posting, might be impacted. Meanwhile, if you require clarification, please contact


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Real Property Division of the Department of Transportation and Active Transit (TAT) provides a variety of real estate services to the various provincial government Departments, Boards, Agencies, and Commissions. We also manage procurement and allocation of all office, warehouse and other spaces. Our Acquisitions and Disposal Group provides services in the areas of real estate acquisition and disposal, road investigations, appraisal, and survey.


Primary Accountabilities


As the Planning Technician, you have a direct impact on the status of land, roads and accessing of records contained in the Real Property Registry. We count on your strong attention to detail and organization skills for the accurate and timely preparation of reports and recommendations in response to legal documents and public highways and historical records for data. You will also be responsible for conducting research using various sources such as cadastral/ownership information, aerial photographs, historical records, road maps, and legal descriptions. Using your expertise, you will advise clients with regards to the status of land, public highways, and records contained in our Real Property Registry and Crown Land Records.


Qualifications and Experience


You have completed High School and a two (2) year Planning Technician course. An equivalent combination of training and experience will be considered.


You must have knowledge and an understanding of the relevant industry Acts, legislation and policies to address inquiries from the public, lawyers, land surveyors, internal and external stakeholders with regards to the status of land, roads and government records.


As travel is a component of this position, you must have a valid driver's license and ability to travel.


Though not required, it is considered an asset if you are familiar with:


  • common Law, Wills and Probate;
  • registration systems; and
  • municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions and responsibilities pertaining to land.


Your communication style, both oral and written, will allow you to conduct detailed research and prepare, process and sign reports and recommendations. You work well independently and in a team environment. You also utilize sound judgement and tact when dealing with a variety of stakeholders.  You have organizational and planning skills that allow you to multi-task while adapting to a fast paced environment, staying in line with the department’s goals and objectives.


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 offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Typically located in a comfortable office environment.
  • Much of the time is spent in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.
  • Regularly reads and interprets multiple sources of information, regular requirement to type, read and work on a computer.
  • May experience pressure with deadlines and need for accuracy.


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.



Pay Grade:  TE 16 - TE 22  

Salary Range:  $1,627.48 - $2,414.26 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