Summer Student - Geoscience Student



Competition # : 41728 

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 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 Geological Survey Division includes, amongst others, a team of geologists largely responsible for delivering mineral resource, environmental, and data management/dissemination geoscience programs, mineral-investment promotional activities, and providing geoscience advice to government, the public, and mineral industry stakeholders. 

About Our Opportunity

The Geological Survey Division requires Geoscience Assistants to work with staff on geoscience projects throughout Nova Scotia this summer. Projects may include bedrock and surficial geological mapping, coastal geology mapping, environmental geology, mineral inventory and metallogenic studies, geochemistry, and geographic information systems/geological database compilation. Positions are based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

The Geoscience Assistant positions are field based. Some of these roles may require significant driving and time spent camping or in accommodations in various locations across the province. Vehicles, accommodations, food, and field gear will be provided during working hours. 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. Some roles may include time at a desk or in a laboratory setting.  

You will:

  • receive extensive field and safety training
  • gain hands-on experience in field and desktop settings


Things to consider:

  • contribute to geoscience mapping, data collection and management, and analysis
  • learn the fundamentals of geoscience field operations


Work will commence in early to mid-May and end prior to September. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate field school commitments. 

  • These positions will require overnight travel and remote location work. 
  • Living and working conditions vary widely depending on the location of the project and the work involved. You might live in cottages, motels or tents for all or part of the field season. Depending on the type of work, some crews may operate in remote areas and travel by truck, ATV, boat, canoes or helicopter.
  • Field crews are typically small and consist of one or two geoscientists and one to two students.
  • If you want to discuss the possibility of doing thesis research with a specific NRR project, please indicate this on your application.

Primary Accountabilities

Duties may include:

  • assisting with data collection and note taking in the field or a laboratory setting
  • collecting and preparing rock, sediment or water samples
  • navigating in the field
  • working with digital data, maps, and databases
  • operating vehicles (trucks, ATVs) and/or watercraft

About You

We are looking for Geoscience students who have completed at least their second year of study and who are returning to school as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a Geoscience program in the fall of 2024. 

We are looking for candidates who are willing and able to work outdoors for extended periods, have good communication skills, and are team oriented.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (eg., Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and/or GIS programs is an asset.  

Candidates must have a valid driver's license and be comfortable driving in varied terrains. Applicants may be asked to provide a Driver Abstract at a later time. 

You are able to work in Nova Scotia. You are a Nova Scotian resident or a student studying at a Nova Scotia university. 

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 including any GIS or database experience you may have, 
  • The type of work you would be most interested in undertaking, and 
  • Your goals or what you would like to gain from this role. 



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