Summer Student - Engineering Student



Competition # : 41727 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 26-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

The Geoscience and Mines Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, interprets and reports on mineral resource and environmental geoscience issues, and promotes mineral development opportunities to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from the sector.
Within the Branch, the Mineral Management Division includes, amongst others, a team of mine engineers, geologists, and technicians largely responsible for delivering administrative and regulatory oversight of the mineral resource sector, promoting public safety around abandoned mines, advising government and working with stakeholders of the mineral resource sector to support and facilitate responsible mineral resource management consistent with sustainable development.


About Our Opportunity

An Engineering Student / Field Assistant is required to work with the Mineral Development and Policy Section engineering group. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be exposed to the different areas of government oversight on the mineral resource sector. Most of the time, this position will be part of a two-person team that is responsible to locate and assess abandoned mine openings across the province.  This work will involve the review of historical mining records on file with the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables to locate mine openings, development of a base map for field activities, and then to locate, catalogue and assess mine openings in the field under the supervision of the field leader.
The position will be responsible for cataloguing and scanning historical documents and mine plans and managing digital data. The Engineering Student will also be assigned various mineral development, engineering and/or geological projects, as they arise. The student’s time will split between the office and field.


About You

Applicants must have completed their third year of engineering undergraduate studies with a major in any of the following disciplines: 
•    Natural Resources (Mining, Mineral Resources, Forestry…)
•    Environmental
•    Civil 
•    Geotechnical

Students must be returning to their field of study in the fall of 2024.

As the Engineering Student position will spend time in the field, successful candidates must be comfortable undertaking outdoor work of a physical nature and be open to learning new field skills. Safety training will be provided before field work begins.
Candidates must have a valid driver's license and may be asked to provide a Driver Abstract at a later time. 

The following skills would be considered an asset for this position:

•    GPS, map, and compass reading skills.
•    Experience with mapping and engineering software such as GIS and AutoCAD.
•    An awareness and knowledge of the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act.
•    The ability to carry heavy loads and walk long distances over rough terrain.
•    A basic understanding of the hazards associated with abandoned mine sites.
•    General knowledge of the mineral resources sector within the Province of Nova Scotia.
•    First-Aid Certification.

With your application, please provide:
1.    Your resume,
2.    A copy of your unofficial transcripts, and
3.    A cover letter that includes:

  • Your education and work experience, and;
  • Your goals and what you would like to gain from this role.

Additional Information

This position will be based out of Halifax; however, it will require overnight travel and remote location work. Work will commence in early May and end prior to September.



Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $17.34 - $28.26 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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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