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Summer Student (Forestry and IRM)



Competition # : 37628 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: Multiple Locations

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/31/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, geological resources, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources & Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, 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.

About Our Opportunity


We are looking for University or College students to assist with projects related to forestry and wildlife programs.


Primary Accountabilities


Regional Services


As a Forest Resource Worker with one of the three Regional Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Teams, you may be involved in timber cruising, forest harvest and road inspections, silviculture treatment monitoring, wildlife habitat and watercourse site inspections, wildlife surveys, biodiversity and forest research, forest inventory, tree improvement, and extension related activities.


You will provide timely, efficient, and accurate information and support to existing staff on a variety of natural resource programs and projects. Some independent field work and office work will be required.  


You will work as part of a passionate team of resource professionals and technicians working throughout either Western, Central or Eastern Regions of Nova Scotia. The work may include extended overnight stays away from the home office.  


The student positions will report to one of the 3 Regional Services offices where work is focused on forestry and wildlife operations within the region.

Primary Accountabilities Continued


Forestry Division


Summer student positions with Forestry Division in Truro, Nova Scotia will be primarily field based research/data collection work requiring compass navigation, GPS & GIS use, detailed note taking and reporting. Some computer and office work will also be required.  Three (3) sections within Forestry Division require students and if successful, you will be placed in one of the following.


Forest Inventory (1 position) – Collecting data throughout Nova Scotia in permanent sample plots to be used in reporting on the state of Nova Scotia’s forests and forest modeling.


Forest Research and Planning (3 positions) – Two positions will be focused primarily on field work and reporting on Old Growth forests, and ecosystem classification. One position will be dedicated to the use of GIS to complement research and planning in the aforementioned areas.


Forest Management Planning (2 positions) – Field work and reporting on silviculture-based research trials as well as a lesser component of forest carbon and climate change research.


Qualifications and Experience


You must be a full-time university or college student in the field of natural resource management returning to study in the fall (or in the next applicable semester for the education program). 


You demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills and problem-solving ability.  You are also capable of conducting field work both independently and as part of a team. You will be familiar with using a personal computer with standard office software for applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and email.  


Knowledge or experience with ArcPro/ArcMap, handheld data collectors (Juniper Mesa), and the ability to navigate using GPS and compass would be an asset.  A valid driver’s license is required.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.


Additional Information


The earliest start date will be May 1, and latest end date of August 18, 2023 (16 weeks). 


Please note there are currently 6 positions within the Integrated Resource Management Teams, with the possibility of additional positions. These positions are located in Cornwallis, Truro, Antigonish and Sydney. The 6 positions within the Forestry Division are located within Truro, NS.


Employees are expected to provide their own safety boots.   


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


Please indicate in your application your preferred placement (Regional Service IRM Team or Forestry Division Section) and work location.


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