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Provincial Resources Technician (Forestry Technician 2(A)-(B)-3)

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Location: KENTVILLE, NS, CA, B4N 4E5

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27165 

Department: Lands and Forestry


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/3/2020

About Us

Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province. 

About Our Opportunity

As the Provincial Resources Technician, you will be responsible for the field management, implementation and operational evaluation of province-wide programs and services relating to ecosystems, habitats and wildlife resources.

Primary Accountabilities

Some of the key responsibilities in this role will include:

  • Providing provincial level technical expertise on ecosystem, habitat and wildlife surveys to renewable resource program management and professionals.
  • Conducting and overseeing field surveys, inventories, research projects, diagnostic and analytical services according to established methods, including field evaluation and feedback for future improvements and modifications.
  • Organizing and analyzing information and data from field, literature, or expert surveys, and using those data to inform project management decisions, including through the production of technical reports.
  • Ensuring efficient project management through the organization and coordination of time, resource, and personnel allocation.
  • Training and providing field supervision of permanent and temporary employees assigned to surveys, as well as training of regional staff as needed for local program delivery.

As the Provincial Resources Technician, you will report to the Manager, Ecosystems and Habitats.

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have graduated from a recognized forestry program or related technician diploma program.

As the ideal candidate you have knowledge of the principles and practices of resource management including species identification, wildlife surveys, habitat and life cycle requirements, recourse planning and management, ecosystem health and ecosystem health management practices. You will also have or develop the ability to operate department equipment (motor vehicles, off-highway vehicles, boats, power tools) in varying weather conditions.

You have exceptional communication (written and verbal), analytical skills and interpersonal skills to maintain rapport with other employees, stakeholders and the public. You also have working knowledge of computer applications, including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, communications and computerized mapping related to natural resource management.

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.


Related technian diploma programs include recognized Fish and Wildlife programs, Natural Resource Technican programs etc.

Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

Salary Information

TE 16 - TE 25 

$1,619.38 - $2,705.45 


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


  • In this role you will work in an office and outdoors.
  • Field projects involve insects and extreme temperatures.
  • High level of physical demand over long days to weeks of field operation.
Additional Information

Must hold a valid drivers license.

This is a one-year term opportunity with an anticipated end date of December 30, 2021; however the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”)  is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.



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). 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


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