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Carrier Safety Inspector (Motor Vehicle Officer 2)



Competition # : 31131 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit


Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 7/29/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Ensuring road safety for the Province of Nova Scotia is our goal. We are recruiting for people who can help us achieve this goal.


The Department of Transportation and Active Transit (TAT) supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, 4,100 bridges, and 9 provincial ferries. The Vehicle Transportation Inspection Division of TAT is responsible for safety and compliance through education, inspections & enforcement for all road users that operate on our highways.


We inspire public confidence in the public passenger transportation service through education and enforcement of Acts and Regulations that pertain to all road users in our province.


Primary Accountabilities


Under the supervision of the Manager of Vehicle Transportation Inspection, the Carrier Safety Inspector (Auditor) is responsible to ensure that commercial carriers comply with the various requirements found under the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations as well as the National Safety Code. The Inspector performs the audits at commercial carrier facilities throughout the province by auditing the records of carriers and from time to time complete online audits. As part of the Vehicle Transportation Inspection team the Inspector provides expert subject knowledge to stakeholders and plays a significant role with the Carrier, maintaining their Carrier’s profile and good safety rating within their commercial operations.


Qualifications and Experience


High School graduation and mechanical or industry related experience plus 4 years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable. Must be certified as a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance North America Standard Level 1 Inspector. To be considered, applicants must have a solid background in logbook auditing, demonstrate a good working knowledge of computer use including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and other applications.  Candidates must also demonstrate an understanding of quality customer service principles, possess sound judgement and the ability to act independently or as part of a team in accordance with established policies, practices and regulations.  Candidates must possess effective communication skills both verbal and in writing.  The successful candidates must pass all components of training provided by the Department.




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 job can be stressful! The successful candidate must have a proven track record of managing highly stressful situations in an extremely fast paced environment. You may also be exposed to fumes, scents, allergens, and adverse weather conditions. May include long hours driving including highway patrol activities. Frequent pulling, prying and lifting involving medium to heavy weight; working in difficult and/or awkward positions.


Additional Information


Candidates must be willing to undergo a criminal records check, be able to be appointed a Special Constable by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, have a valid driver’s license and provide a current driver’s license abstract.


This position potentially involves shift work including evenings, back-shifts, and weekends. The candidate will be required to perform other duties within VTI from time to time.  A pre-screening aptitude test is mandatory for all qualified candidates who wish to be considered for an interview.


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 for Nova Scotians.



Pay Grade:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,052.93 - $2,414.26 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