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Summer Student (Protected Areas Field Assistant)



Competition # : 29852 

Department: Environment

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 4/21/2021 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animal through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. 


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We  proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.


About Our Opportunity


The Protected Areas and Ecosystems Branch of Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change is responsible for the provinces Wilderness Areas and Nature Reserves, covering one third of the provinces Crown Land. The Branch is responsible for the operational management of these areas including: Signage, Trail and Asset Management. Operational management is an important part of ensuring public safety, environmental responsibility, protected area integrity, and the ongoing health of the provinces Protected Areas.


Primary Accountabilities


Field Assistant, will assist with various activities associated with Nova Scotia’s protected areas program. 


Duties include:


  • Collecting data on conditions and locations of physical assets and human uses in protected areas,
  • Visiting sites to ensure past work is still intact and in good condition as part of the Protected Areas Due Diligence Plans
  • Assisting in inspections of trails or other assets.
  • Assisting with marking trails or portages.
  • Assisting in sign maintenance reporting.
  • Collection and analysis of ecological data.
  • Outreach
  • Office work will include entering and categorizing field data, working with ArcGIS, assisting the GIS Analyst, and report writing. 


Qualifications and Experience


You must be a returning student in the fall of 2021 or graduating in May 2021.  A valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable motor vehicle is required. To meet the expectations of the position, it is required that the summer student meet the following criteria:


  • Must demonstrate experience in data collection, use of field tools and GPS and Compass.
  • Experience in woodland navigation.
  • Must demonstrate a general expertise with in working in the field in all types of conditions.
  • Experience in Canoe, Kayak and ATV use and asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the public and run an outreach initiative.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Must be able to produce clear documentation, and explain complex and technical matters to laypersons in a clear and straightforward fashion


Preferred candidates will have the following:


This position requires both the ability to work as a team player and to work independently.  The successful candidate(s) will have a positive “can do” attitude and a passion for nature, the environment, and Nova Scotia’s protected areas. 

Working Conditions


This position requires a certain level of physical fitness; successful candidates must be able to work in remote locations, traverse uneven and complicated terrain, and occasionally lift more than 40 lbs as part of regular work activities.  Safety training will be provided. 



Additional Information


This is expected to be a Casual status position with an end date of August 27, 2021; however, the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.



An 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.



Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $16.50 - $26.90 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.


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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