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Mobile Inspector (Motor Vehicle Officer 3)


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Competition # : 31258 

Department: Transportation and Active Transit

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/25/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Maintaining our provincial highway infrastructure is no small job.


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 inspection and compliance of all vehicles that use 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


Daily, the Mobile Inspector interacts with the commercial trucking industry, ensuring the safety of all road users and protecting the highway infrastructure of Nova Scotia.


As the Inspector, you are to verify commercial vehicle compliance, including safety, weight and dimension requirements.  You are responsible to enforce specific Acts and Regulations with regard to commercial vehicles.  You will act as a Special Constable; ensuring compliance with National Safety Code requirements and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Standards.


Qualifications and Experience


High school completion plus eight (8) years of related experience in commercial transportation, vehicle repair or vehicle inspection is required; or an appropriate accreditation such as truck/bus transport repair certificate, automobile service technician certification plus five (5) years of related experience as a licensed tradesperson is required.  An acceptable combination of training and experience may be considered.


You must have a valid Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance North America Standard (CVSA NAS) Level I Inspector certification, and a minimum of two (2) years of post CVSA Certification experience in a Vehicle Compliance Station.  You must be appointed as a Special Constable under the Nova Scotia Police Act.


You must also have completed a division-approved Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVO) training course.


A valid driver’s license with a clean driving record is required.


Strong analytical skills are required to read, interpret and understand various service and repair manuals, Acts, Regulations and technical standards governing the industry. Strong verbal communication skills are required in order provide roadside education to the industry.


As the ideal candidate, you demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills; all the while remaining objective and tactful when dealing with a diversity of situations.  You apply sound independent judgement to resolve complex issues. You bring energy to your role, embrace the Department’s values in all aspects of your work, and provide leadership to motivate and inspire others to meet the various technical standards and laws governing the industry.


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.




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


There are two (2) opportunities available and potentially additional hiring if vacancies become available.


The territories of responsibility for the 2 opportunities are:


  • Digby/Yarmouth
  • Halifax Regional Municipality


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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.



Pay Grade:  TE 23  

Salary Range:  $2,132.05 - $2,515.87 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:


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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