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



Competition # : 43568 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 24-Jul-24  (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.

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About Our Opportunity

We are looking for a Forestry Technician who will deliver departmental programs concerning the development, maintenance, protection and public education of forestry, wildlife and recreation resources.

Primary Accountabilities

You may be involved in a number of activities including:

  • Crown Land or Private Land management;
  • Monitoring for Forest Sustainability Regulations compliance;
  • Forest fire prevention and suppression;
  • Wildlife studies, biological surveys & insects and diseases surveys;
  • Parks operations & property and vehicle maintenance;
  • Coastal Wharf & Mooring Applications;
  • Public liaison and education activities

Qualifications and Experience

You have successfully completed a department recognized two-year forestry or related Natural Resources Technical Diploma (Transcript upon request).

You have a proven knowledge and experience in the processes, policies, procedures and regulations related to the Wildlife Management, Wood Acquisition Program (WAP), WHWP Regulations, Crown Road and Extension Methods. You are also knowledgeable in the principles and practices involved in forest resource management, forest fire prevention and suppression measures, public education activities, and occupational health & safety regulations.

You are a strong communicator (both verbally and in writing) and have sound judgement. You provide exceptional service to clients as well as respond appropriately to crisis situations. You should have some experience with GPS systems and ArcView software and be computer literate.

You have a valid NS driver’s license (minimum Class 5) or equivalent and access to a motor vehicle. You will be required to operate department vehicles, including off road vehicles, boats and equipment, work in remote areas and travel long distances on foot over rough terrain.

It will be considered an asset if you have:

  • Certification regarding Canadian Firearm Safety Course;
  • N.S. Hunter Safety Course;
  • N.S. Fur Harvester Course;
  • DNR Rifle and Shotgun course


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 a Defined Benefit Pension Plan, Health, Dental, Life Insurance, General illness, Short and Long Term Disability, Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs.  For information on all our Benefit program offerings, click here: Benefits for government employees.

Working Conditions

Combination of office and outdoor environment. Some field projects required contending with insects and extremes of temperature. 

Duties often require standby and callback, working irregular scheduled hours, and overtime.  Must hold a valid divers license.

Must be physically fit, as incumbents are required to lift and carry fire equipment over rough terrain and work long hours when engaged in fire suppression. Must be physically capable of operating chain saws and heavy equipment, and pass any physical fitness requirement for the position.

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:  TE 16 - TE 25  

Salary Range:  $1,735.60 - $2,899.62 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