Engineer & Survey Tech 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(B) (Middleton)



Competition # : 43467 

Department: Public Works


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 22-Jul-24  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

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. We are responsible for managing major capital construction projects, snow and ice control services, along with road maintenance and repair services.


We’re recruiting for an Engineering and Survey Technician. If you’re looking for an opportunity to explore the outdoors and beauty of Nova Scotia, and watch your hands-on experiences come to life as you support the development and construction of various projects, then this is the opportunity for you.

About Our Opportunity


As the Engineering and Survey Technician, you conduct a broad range of surveying and engineering related duties in conjunction with the administration, maintenance and construction of Provincial highways and bridges.

You will assist with contract supervision and supervision of a crew, preparation of right-of-way plans, and calculate vertical and horizontal control for roads and bridges. You will also collect, compile and present data collected during your field work and determine quantities of materials for use on projects. The data you collect directly supports the development and construction of various projects through the District.

Primary Accountabilities


In this role, your focus will be assisting the Project Engineer in facilitating the Capital Program. You will also be responsible for:


  • assisting with contract administration;
  • collecting, compiling and presenting data collected during field work;
  • determining quantities of materials for use on projects;
  • assisting supervisors and managers with project planning, designs, permitting and oversight;
  • conducting field surveys to confirm property, highway and project boundaries; and
  • assisting in supervising staff and contractors on construction sites.

Most of your time will be spent outside in various weather conditions on heavily travelled roads or in rough, isolated areas on construction sites.

Qualifications and Experience


Graduation from a two (2) year Survey, Geomatics Engineering or Civil Technology course is required.

Frequent travel throughout your assigned area is a component of this position; as such, you must have a valid driver's license and access to a reliable motor vehicle.

As the ideal candidate, you:


  • are a self-motivated individual who works well independently with minimal supervision;
  • participate fully as an effective team player;
  • are experienced with current AutoCAD™ software packages designed for use in a surveying or engineering environment;
  • are familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations, and safe working practices; and
  • have experience in the use of spreadsheet software, word processing, and email applications.


Working knowledge of the various aspects of bridge and highway construction design standards, contract specifications, the Land Surveyors Act and familiarity working in a union environment would be considered assets.


You consistently maintain a professional and courteous disposition and hold a high standard for client and customer service. In this position, you will interact with the public, supervise a crew and monitor the work of contract personnel. As such, your ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, develop strong relationships with clients, and think and act proactively is essential to your success.


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



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


Your work will be evenly divided between the office and the great outdoors, experiencing all seasons and weather conditions on busy roads or rugged, remote construction sites.

Additional Information


A monthly car allowance is available for Public Works Engineering Survey Technicians. The current rate for the 2024-2025 fiscal year is $1,220.85/month, or $14,650.20/year. Rates for the allowance are adjusted up or down annually based on the year over year percentage change in the Nova Scotia Private Transportation Index as calculated by Statistics Canada.


This position may require you to work extended hours / overtime and will involve significant travel throughout the province, using your personally owned vehicle.

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:  TE 16 - TE 23  

Salary Range:  $1,735.60 - $2,683.02 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