Survey Assistant (Summer Works Period) (Pictou)



Competition # : 41823 

Department: Public Works


Zone: 10 and 11

Type of Employment: Summer Works Period

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 26-Feb-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1867, the following opportunity is being posted.


Please quote the competition number and the Zone you are applying for as noted above on your application.

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges. There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon in our Province, and this is your opportunity to get involved with the growth of your Provincial Infrastructure. Watch your hands-on experiences come to life as you support the construction of various projects through the District.

About Our Opportunity


As the Survey Assistant, there’s no worry about doing the same thing day in, day out. Things are always changing, no two days are alike, and every job is different!

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, you conduct site preparation, cut and clear brush and trees, take measurements, and pre-mark roads for centerline painting. You are responsible for the assembling, transporting and placement of survey equipment at work sites along with relaying and recording information in field journals.

Qualifications and Experience


Grade 10 completion or an acceptable equivalent of education and experience. Previous construction experience in areas such as bridge repair, road construction and surveying are an asset.


A valid driver’s license is required. Work is often performed in isolated areas, therefore access to a reliable vehicle is required.


The ability to read design plans and documents with an aptitude for mathematics is essential. You are a self-motivated individual who is effective at working independently with minimal supervision. Proven skills in time management, organization, and attention to detail are critical in this role. Your exceptional interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills are key when liaising with staff, contractors, and the traveling public. You consistently maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service.


Certification in the following areas of training are considered assets: Traffic Control, Temporary Workplace Signage, Anti Stripping, Nova Scotia Forest Products Association Tree Felling, Erosion & Sediment Control, WHMIS, First Aid and CPR, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Fall Protection, and Chainsaw Safety.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


This position is physically demanding. Work is performed on construction sites, heavily travelled highways and in rough isolated areas with inherent exposure to dust/dirt, equipment noise, blasting, extreme weather temperatures and dangerous heights. This position requires you to climb, lift and carry various equipment throughout construction sites.


The standard hours of work for employees is 8 hours a day (40 hours a week) Monday to Friday. During the construction season there will be numerous situations where you may be required to work overtime and/or night work.

Additional Information


There are five (5) opportunities available based out of the MacLellan's Brook base.


Work is performed within the Pictou Construction Area which includes Zones 10 and 11.


This position is for a twenty-one (21) week position, commencing the 3rd Monday in May of each year.

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.


Pay Grade:  SURV AST  

Salary Range:  $21.25 Hourly


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 CUPE local 1867 employees with a date of seniority.  The successful candidate(s) will be expected to perform duties as necessary within their zone. 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.  PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:



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