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Fire Crew Foreperson (Maintenance Worker 3(A))



Competition # : 38384 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Seasonal

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/31/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources & Renewables 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


Under the direction of the Area Manager, or designate, the Forestry/Fire Crew Foreperson is responsible for leading, participating, and supervising seasonal staff who carry out forest fire suppression and pre-suppression activities as well as work in other department programs.

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in the role will include:

  • Conducting general maintenance of department vehicles, buildings, grounds, and equipment.
  • Complying with, and seeking compliance with, Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations and department policies from staff.
  • Actively participating in implementing the department Occupational Health and Safety Policy and Programs.
  • Operating department vehicles and equipment.
  • Assisting district technicians in forestry, wildlife, parks, and other general district duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a minimum of 4 years of related experience. Graduation from a forestry training program at a University, Technical or Community College level will be considered asset.
Related experience includes: 

  • General carpentry; building and grounds maintenance; general machine maintenance; use of tractors, ride-on mowers, push mowers, string trimmers and hand and power tools.
  • Supervision and evaluating the work of others.
  • Basic Wildland Fire Suppression Certification.
  • Knowledge of map and compass reading.
  • Valid (Standard) First Aid certificate and WHMIS training.
  • Valid N.S. Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent and able to operate standard shift vehicle.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of cleaning methods and sanitation requirements.
  • Ability to start a Wajax Mark 3 Fire Pump.
  • Candidate must be able to complete the Medium Level Pack Test.  This involves walking 2 miles (3.3 km) in 30 minutes while wearing a 25 pound (11.3 kg.) vest.  Hiring is contingent on successful completion of the Medium Level Pack Test. 

Asset Qualifications:

  • Experience and / or training in radio communication.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. 
  • Forest Safety Society certified for power saw and spacing saws.
  • Demonstrated self-initiated desire to advance skills and/or training in wildland fire suppression (online training, SAT’s, exports, off season courses or experience).
  • Able to use and navigate with GPS units, collate data and properly up/download to/from associated PC software.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


  • This position requires the ability to lead and work as part of a team, performing strenuous manual tasks in an outdoor environment.
  • Duties often require working irregularly scheduled hours, weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • During times of high fire activity you may be assigned to other areas of the province to assist in fire suppression.
  • Must be willing to be transported in department aircraft and attend department training in duties related to this position.

Additional Information


This is a permanent seasonal opportunity with an anticipated season work term of April 3 to October 2 for 2023.
Please note the status of the opportunity (Seasonal, Temporary, Casual) is dependent on the start date of the successful applicant. 

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.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  MOS 10  

Salary Range:  $1,709.51 - $1,749.61 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