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Land Survey Resource Worker Summer Student



Competition # : 37816 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 2/7/2023 (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 & 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. 


We’re recruiting for summer students to help our province achieve big things! We are currently seeking one Land Survey Resource Workers. The position is in Eastern Region, Nova Scotia; the successful candidate can choose which survey office to work in (Baddeck, Coxheath, Boylston, or MacLellan's Brook).


About Our Opportunity


Need a summer job but don’t want to spend all day behind a desk inside? Come work for us and join an exciting team of survey professionals and technicians working on land surveying projects throughout the Eastern Region!


Primary Accountabilities


As a Land Survey Resource Worker with Natural Resources and Renewables, you will assist us with our ongoing program to establish crown land boundaries. You will work with a survey crew in searching and collecting survey evidence and marking crown boundary lines and corners. You will be responsible for searching title to land being investigated, interpreting occupation and ownership evidence on aerial photography, satellite imagery and existing Crown Land Grant mapping. 


You will be required to work in the field the majority of the time looking for field evidence and collecting coordinates using RTK GPS. You will provide timely, efficient and accurate information and support to existing staff on a variety of natural resource matters. Some independent surveying field work and office work may be required.


Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you are a full-time university or college student in the field of Surveying or Geomatics or in the field of Natural Resources Environmental Technology who is returning to study in the fall (or in the next applicable semester for the education program). Proof of returning to studies may be required.


You demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills and problem-solving ability. You are capable of conducting land surveying field and office work, both independently and as part of a team.  You have a good working knowledge of computers and are familiar with applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel.

The following are considered assets:

  • Map reading;
  • Aerial photography interpretation;
  • Woods travel;
  • Compass use;
  • Survey Grade GNSS and Recreational GPS
  • Chainsaw experience.

We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, 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 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


Survey sites are often remote and results in long vehicle rides from the office and long walks in the woods before arriving on site. Work locations may vary; overnight travel may be required.


A valid driver’s license is required; candidates selected for interviews may be required to submit a Driver’s Abstract.


Additional Information


Please note, this is a summer student opportunity with an anticipated start date is May 01, 2023.


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:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $16.75 - $27.30 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