Engineer 4 (Hiring Pool)



Competition # : 43380 

Department: Environment and Climate Change

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 17-Jul-24 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change's role is to protect the environment and human health through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership, and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise.


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.

About Our Opportunity


Reporting to the District Manager, the Engineer provides services required for the delivery of departmental programs. The Engineer performs duties as a specialist in the environment and environmental health field. The position requires extensive contact with professional and technical staff within the department, as well as, with other departments, governments, academic institutions, and industries.

Primary Accountabilities


Within a typical day, you will:

  • Participating in the review of applications for approval through the review and analysis of engineering reports, proposals, plans and specifications on projects with environmental and environmental health implications.
  • Drafting terms and conditions for such projects. Examples include industrial and mining facilities, watercourse alterations, municipal water, sewage, and solid waste infrastructure.
  • Reviewing the design and sometimes leads the design of on-site sewage disposal systems, assessments of land suitability for subdivision development and for individual lots in subdivisions.
  • Evaluating the design and site selection for various facilities such as central water supply treatment and distribution systems, sewage collection treatment and disposal, solid waste disposal, and complex industrial processes.
  • Ensuring compliance with departmental legislation through the review of data submitted as a requirement of approvals.
  • Coordinating and overseeing special projects, as needed.
  • Initiating and preparing technical guidelines, policies, and regulations regarding environmental and environmental health issues

Qualifications and Experience


Bachelor's degree in engineering plus six years related experience and registered with Engineers Nova Scotia as Licensed to Practice (or with an Engineering Association in another Canadian jurisdiction with the ability to transfer their registration to Nova Scotia).


The ideal applicant will have related experience in one or more of the following areas: water management systems, waste management systems, associated pollution abatement and control equipment, hydrology, and hydraulic structures. A working knowledge of industrial and construction processes, soil, industrial and municipal waste management systems, hydrology, geology, toxicology, biology, laboratory practices, chemistry including chemicals and their hazards is an asset. Knowledge of departmental legislation, regulations, standards; as well as demonstrated ability to interpret regulations, policies and analytical reports is an asset.


Strong communication (both oral and written), interpersonal, leadership, project management, and sound judgment skills are essential. Must have a valid drivers license.



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 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


  • Opportunity for flexible work locations and hours (normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day).
  • Opportunity for an earned day off every third week under the flexible work plan.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Travel across the province may be required.

Additional Information


This Hiring Pool will be used to fill multiple Permanent, Term, Temporary or Casual opportunities over the next several months. Opportunities could arise in any of the following office locations: Bedford, Truro, Amherst, Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, Antigonish, Pictou, Kentville, Bridgewater, or Yarmouth. Please highlight in your application which location(s) you would like to be considered for. 

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:  PR 18  

Salary Range:  $3,231.58 - $3,800.42 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