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Bridge Inspector (Inspector (Specialist) 2)



Competition # : 37773 

Department: Public Works


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/8/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.

At the Department of Public Works we manage 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges across Nova Scotia. Our District Highway Operations and Bridge Crew are essential to ensuring the safety of various bridges in the province.


About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the District Bridge Engineer, the Bridge Inspector is part of a team responsible for managing the bridges in the District. The Bridge Inspector is responsible for the regular inspection of the bridges and the completion of inspection reports, which includes detailed information on deficiencies and recommended repair options.


Primary Accountabilities


The Bridge Inspector assists with the preparation of tenders, environmental applications, and inspects the work of Contractors and Department personnel undertaking bridge repairs. The Bridge Inspector also maintains the Department's bridge inventory and inspection databases. The Bridge Inspector provides guidance and instruction to the Bridge Crew as well as training to employees related to bridge inspection and repairs. May also be responsible for surveying bridge sites and drafting plans and other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience


High School completion plus completion of a related trade or technical training in the area of specialty (Civil Engineering Technology or Survey Technology) and 6 years of related experience after course completion; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.

Must be able to understand and accurately describe bridge components, document their condition, recognize types of deterioration/damage, and determine the causes in order to recommend repair options. Must be able to assess the general safety of a bridge structure and advise of potential safety problems. Must have a working knowledge of the various aspects of bridge and highway construction design standards, safety requirements, and contract specifications.

Must have strong computer skills, including creating spreadsheets, working with databases (such as BMS and BIS or equivalent) and creating AutoCAD drawings.

Proficiency in mathematics, drafting, and reading construction plans is essential.

Must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, at various heights, and have the ability to climb structures. Bridge Inspectors are often required to work from staging, ladders, boom lifts, and boats.

Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Must be a motivated self-starter who can work independently and with minimal supervision.




An equivalent combination of related training and experience may be acceptable in place of education requirements. 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


About 70% of the work is outdoors with considerable travel in both summer and winter, often to isolated areas. When working outdoors, the Inspector may be on a construction site working close to traffic and working at various heights. The Bridge Inspector may be exposed to hazardous materials such as creosote, bird droppings, and lead paint.


Additional Information


Successful completion of the “FHWA-NHI Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges” 2-week training course is required to maintain this position. This training will be provided by the department and will be required to be completed within 1 year of employment.

The Bridge Inspector may occasionally be required to supervise bridge maintenance staff and coordinate the work.


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 24  

Salary Range:  $2,289.53 - $2,696.59 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