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Summer Student (Natural Resources Education and Outreach)



Competition # : 34051 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/25/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, 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. 


If you are enthusiastic about nature and have a passion for educating and interacting with the public, this is the job for you!  


About Our Opportunity


As the natural resources outreach and education summer student, you work with a passionate team of professionals who engage with department staff and the public around the province to coordinate and deliver our Outreach and Education programs. The core focus of our Outreach programming is Biodiversity, Species at Risk and Ecological Forestry, connecting our department messaging to teachers, educators and the general public. There are two exciting projects that you will be involved with this summer that will help us with this work.


Primary Accountabilities


The first project that you will be responsible for is the creation of a new Nova Scotia species at risk youth education program to be delivered at the Natural Resources Education Centre (NREC) along with supporting activities and resources for educators and the general public.  The second project is creating a program for the delivery of group and self-guided programs at our Provincial parks and leading a pilot project to test out the program in our Provincial parks this summer (pending public health protocols).


In additional to the two projects outlined above, you will also work with the other educators at the NREC to develop social media posts to promote our programs, initiatives and bring awareness to various natural resource related events and issues.  You will also work with department staff to help organize and deliver a wide variety of outreach and education programs such as the 2022 Youth Hunting Camp (hunting, fishing and outdoor skills camp for youth) and if public protocols permit, attend various public event that engage with a wide variety of audiences (youth, interest groups, organizations and the general public).


The NREC in Middle Musquodoboit has a 120-acre managed woodlot and 3km of hiking trails where you will assist with maintenance and upkeep (including mowing, whipper snipping, trail and facilities maintenance).


This is an opportunity for you to participate in and collaborate with a passionate team of professional and technical staff on special projects or assignments; helping you further enhance and develop your skills.


Qualifications and Experience


You are currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program in fields such as (but not limited to) education, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, or other related discipline and returning to school in the fall of 2022.


You have strong written communication, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.  You are capable of working both independently and as part of a team. You are familiar with the standard MS Office programs, social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter for example) and have experience delivering public programs/events.


The following are considered assets:

  • Knowledge or experience with the design and delivery of education and outreach programs
  • Experience creating social media content for Facebook/Twitter


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.


Working Conditions


A valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle is required as there will be some travel throughout the province to various camping parks and some overnight stays (camping) away from the home office will be required. 


This position will work in a variety of environments including office, outdoors (in varying weather conditions), public spaces and events.  Must have the ability to lift and handle equipment of varying weight.  Work on weekends and evenings may be required.


Additional Information


This position is located in Middle Musquodoboit.  The earliest start date will be May 2, 2022 with an anticipated end date of August 26, 2022.

Employees are expected to provide their own safety boots.

Candidates selected for interviews will be required to submit a Driver’s Abstract, Criminal Records and Child Abuse Registry check.


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.




Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $16.50 - $26.90 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.


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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