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Ship Keeper (Museum Technician 4)



Competition # : 35789 

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/30/2022​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage supports communities across the province to be welcoming, inclusive and accessible, providing a great quality of life for Nova Scotians and a memorable experience for visitors. We value the collective diversity of our heritage and our people and believe in the transformative nature of culture to help create healthy, active, growing communities.

About Our Opportunity


The Ship Keeper (Museum Technician 4) at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic oversees the preservation, safety and maintenance of the of 180’ historic vessel, CSS Acadia (the largest artifact and floating exhibition of the Nova Scotia Museum). The Ship Keeper manages the museum’s comprehensive Vessel Management Plan and corresponding project plans and budgets.  Further, the Ship Keeper works closely with the Curatorial Team of the museum to advance the goals of the CSS Acadia Interpretation Master Plan. The position is responsible for ensuring workplans and projects follow best practices and industry standards, including, but not limited to Transport Canada’s Marine Safety and Security Guidelines for Moored Attraction Vessels, the museum’s Hazardous Materials Management Plan, NSM Collection Policy, and Disaster Preparedness Plan. The position supports the delivery of quality visitor experiences aboard and alongside the ship.  The Ship Keeper follows and implements the policies and procedures of the NSM and provides supervision and leadership to an Assistant Ship Keeper, museum heritage interpreters and maintenance staff.

Primary Accountabilities


The Ship Keeper ensures the safety, preservation and security of CSS Acadia and maintains museum standards of conservation.  They provide project management while overseeing the planning, budgeting, scheduling of vessel management projects and conservation programs, and supporting the development and coordination of exceptional visitor experiences.


This position reports to the Manager of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


Qualifications and Experience


To be success in this role you have a completion of Grade 12 plus certification in woodworking from a recognized institution.  This certification could be in cabinetry, carpentry or heritage carpentry, plus three years of relevant woodworking experience. A valid Pleasure Craft Operators card and a valid VHF Operators Certificate is required. As a floating exhibit, Acadia is subjected to an array of environmental conditions which make long term preservation more complex and expensive than any other artifact in the collection.  Situated a few metres from the province's busiest shipping lane, Acadia poses a potential liability risk if not properly secured to the wharf and if emergency procedures are not followed to ensure public safety in any eventuality.    The ship has a high profile in the community which requires the Ship Keeper to have the ability to exercise tact and discretion, and an understanding of public relations.  The ability to find 21st century solutions for a c.1913 historic vessel.


You have knowledge and experience in the safe handling of artifacts and sensitivity to working around historic objects and buildings.  You possess a keen interest and knowledge of Nova Scotia and Canadian maritime history.   You have strong interpersonal, teambuilding, networking and collaborative skills.  The incumbent must be self-directed, able to work independently but also demonstrate teamwork valuing and respecting a diverse and inclusive environment.   You have experience overseeing a workshop with a variety of machinery and tools, operating, and maintaining small craft vessels, and basic knowledge of a variety of trades, such as but not limited to electrical, plumbing, metal work, and application of coatings on metal and wood surfaces. Experience with protection systems such as fire alarms, bilge alarms, PA, and intrusion alarms.  You also have excellent communication and organizational skills as well as budgeting experience. 


You are computer proficient, including the use of software packages such as Microsoft Office (Outlook and Word), internet, emailing, web-based applications. 


An acceptable equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.



  • Experience working in a shipyard and/or in a museum/heritage organization
  • Experience with procurement processes in a government setting


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


CSS Acadia is a 180' historic vessel, partially heated and permanently moored at the wharves of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Decks and rigging may be slippery and rolling in bad weather, exposure to chemicals and paint solvents, dust, metal and wood fragments. 


The position requires considerable strenuous lifting and hauling, agility and dexterity in very confined spaces or going aloft in the vessel's rigging. 


This position has diverse and complex responsibilities, which, if mismanaged, could have catastrophic results.  Consequently, there is significant stress for the individual in this position. The staff supervision requirements of this position are complex and demanding due to the variety of work and specialties required. There are mental pressures and stress daily, as well as related to maintaining the security and safety of the vessel during periods of stormy weather or during other extraordinary situations (such as Tall Ships or Buskers Festivals).


Some weekend and afterhours may be required.

Additional Information


Must have a valid Nova Scotia drivers licence.

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:  TE 19  

Salary Range:  $1,815.85 - $2,132.05 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