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Equipment Operators (Snow and Ice Removal) (Shelburne, Yarmouth, and Saulnierville)

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Location: Multiple Locations, NS, CA, B5A 4B2

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/13/2018  


Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal 


Equipment Operators (Snow and Ice Removal) (Shelburne, Yarmouth, and Saulnierville), ZONE: 32, ZONE 34, and ZONE 35 


Competition # 17564  


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal 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


Maintaining our Provincial Built Infrastructure is no small job.  The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.


We are currently recruiting for Winter Equipment Operators to provide snow and ice control services throughout our Province. If you are flexible, possess experience operating Heavy Equipment, and seeking an opportunity to directly contribute to the safety of our roads and highways, we want to hear from you.


About Our Opportunity


Weather in Nova Scotia is challenging and ever changing. As an Equipment Operator, your role is pivotal in helping the public arrive safely to their destination.


This position is primarily responsible for operating snow removal equipment such as snow plows, graders and loaders. General maintenance of the equipment, pre-and-post trip inspections, and completion of daily logs is also required.


Depending on the winter season and provincial needs, you may also be required to assist with construction and maintenance work such as:


  • Maintaining traffic control signs
  • Road surface repairs
  • General maintenance
  • Traffic control


This is an excellent opportunity to network and explore the many different career opportunities our Department has to offer.   


This posting will be used to fill both Spare and 17-week Winter Works positions.  Spare positions have no guarantee of hours. Applicants successful in Spare roles will be called upon on an as needed basis.  Applicants who are successful in obtaining a 17-week Winter Works Period opportunity are required to be available at all times and guaranteed a minimum ninety (90) hours for every two calendar weeks during the Winter Works period.


About You


Grade 10, a minimum Class 3 license with air brake endorsement plus 2 years of truck driving experience at a Class 3 (or higher) level OR successful completion of a recognized professional driving course plus one (1) year of Class 3 (or higher) driving experience is required.


As the ideal candidate, you are flexible, self-motivated, and comfortable working in adverse weather conditions.  As part of our team, you bring professionalism and hold a high standard for client service.


Knowledge of hydraulic systems and a mechanical aptitude are considered assets. Previous experience operating trucks with salt and plow equipment, a Class I license, and knowledge of salt spreading systems are also considered assets.


Other Considerations


Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend and successfully complete a two-week, paid, training period which will provide you with the skills necessary for effective snow and ice control.


To be eligible for 17-week Winter Works period positions, applicants must be declared competent as an OPTP (One Person Truck Plow) operator by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: reference checks, practical driving test on a tandem truck, interview(s), and a written component.  Applicants will also be required to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment.



Pay Grade:  EQP OPER  


Salary Range:  $21.62 Hourly


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.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


All current employees who wish to be considered an internal candidate, please click here.


For questions or concerns, please contact


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