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Geomatics Engineer Technologist 1 (Survey Technician 2(A)-(B))



Competition # : 37315 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 12/1/2022 (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


As the Geomatics Engineer Technologist 1  you will be responsible for supporting the administration of land surveying activities on Crown lands for the Survey Division of the Land Services Branch of the Department.


In this role you will report to the Manager of Crown Survey Administration.


Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in the role include:


  • Providing operational support for land transactions by researching, preparing, and reviewing plans for the disposal and/or acquisition of Crown lands.
  • Compiling and drafting various types of plans in support of land transactions such as: leases, Crown grants, owner unknown acquisitions, certificates of release, and or special leases, for review by the Manager.
  • Performing detailed survey examinations by reviewing the submissions and ensuring the guidelines for surveying Crown lands, the Nova Scotia Lands Surveyors Act, and the Nova Scotia Land Surveyors Standards of Practice have been followed properly.
  • Utilizing computer aided drafting software such as AutoCAD to delineate survey lines, compute area calculations, perform plan analysis, and filters and converts digital data into various formats to be implemented in a GIS environment.
  • Reviewing and using supporting information for the order of survey package from various sources such as: Crown Land Online (CLO), Property Online (POL), DocuShare, Surveys Division survey plans, field notes, historical records, field plot envelopes and survey annex files.
  • Reviewing legal descriptions for private sector and provincial and federal government agencies to ensure accuracy and completeness.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have a Diploma in Surveying Technology.


As the ideal candidate you have demonstrated experience (or educational experience) in conducting technical reviews of field surveys and survey plan submissions, drafting plans, researching historical documentation and compiling records for investigation purposes.

You are able to use your knowledge of survey law, land transaction requirements, and survey requirements, to continuously look to identify process roadblocks and help streamline product delivery by improving efficiencies, building transparency and communicating effectively with all stakeholders.

You have knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of cadastral and geodetic surveying, modern survey methods and survey devices such as total stations, Global Positioning System (GPS), and Data Collectors and the capabilities and limitations of the various methods and instruments used for land survey work.

You have demonstrated computer skills and knowledge of software used to digitally transform and shape spatial data such as AutoCAD, ArcMap, GPS processing programs, C&G Survey and transformation/conversion software. You have an understanding and training in map projections, error analysis, geodetic computations, reference data, geoids, ellipsoids, coordinating transformations and other geospatial factors.

To be successful in this role, you will have a strong attention to detail and excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as well as tact and diplomacy in order to advise and consult a range of audiences, to interview and extract information from landowners, to resolve issues cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders and to testify as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys. You are a self-starter, detail-oriented and able to work independently and in a team environment.

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.



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


Office environment.


Irregular travel by care for site visits is required, which might require the use of protective gear such as a hard hat, safety boots, eyewear and gloves.


Occasional time spent in the CLIMC vault which is protected by a fire suppression system.

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 18 - TE 20  

Salary Range:  $1,800.97 - $2,289.53 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