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Marine Engineer 1 (LaHave Ferry)


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Competition # : 31207 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: LAHAVE

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/18/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Transportation and Active Transit supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges. We are an engaged and supportive workplace ensuring safety of our public service; ensuring all return home healthy and safe.


The Marine Services division of TIR maintains and operates seven provincial ferries: Englishtown, Little Narrows, Country Harbor, LaHave River, Tancook Island, and Digby Neck. Our Ferry staff help further connect and expand Nova Scotia’s transportation network while ensuring the safe and efficient operation of our Provincial Ferries. Our ferries operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.  If you want an exciting and challenging career with a daily view of our beautiful Atlantic waters, then we have the perfect opportunity just for you.


About Our Opportunity


As a Marine Engineer, you will join an engaged and collaborative team. Hours of work include 12 hour shifts and may require the working of various alternating hours per week in order to maintain the ferry schedule.


Primary Accountabilities


You will operate the main engines of the Ferry; ensuring that all auxiliaries, pumps, ventilating fans, steering motors and furnaces are functioning in a safe and efficient manner.


You will inspect, repair, and maintain the mechanical and electrical equipment on the ferry.


You will assist with directing traffic on the Ferry; arranging vehicles and/or cargo on deck, collecting and recording fares (tickets where applicable), and ensuring that the boat is clean at all times.


Qualifications and Experience


You have Grade 10 education and 3 years of mechanical experience. The LaHave Ferry is a cable ferry and therefore, your Marine Engineer Certificate or a valid 4th class marine engineer certificate, or equivalent SVMO (small vessel machinery operator’s license) is an asset.


You have your Seafarers Certificate of Medical Examination, a valid Marine Emergency Duty Certificate, and valid Marine First Aid.


Outstanding teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential, along with your ability to work independently with minimum supervision. Strong ability to exercise independent judgement and initiative in your duties will aid in ensuring the Ferry meets safety standards and maintains schedules.




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


The ability to lift 50 pounds, as well as the ability to stand, shovel, walk, climb and sit for extended periods of time is required in this role. You may be in contact with diesel fumes from equipment, noise and dust. Outside work is required in varying weather conditions. Shift work is required, including nights and weekends.


Additional Information


Hours of work include 12-hour shifts and may require the working of various alternating hours per week in order to maintain the ferry schedule.


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.



Pay Grade:  MOS 13  

Salary Range:  $1,795.43 - $1,844.03 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:


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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