Maintenance Worker 1



Competition # : 41755 

Department: Agriculture

Location: NAPPAN

Type of Employment: Seasonal

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 26-Feb-24 ​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Maintaining the provincial dykeland infrastructure is no small job. We’re recruiting for a Crewman- Maintenance Worker like you to help our Province achieve support for the maintenance of this infrastructure.

The Land Protection and Field Services Section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture is responsible for the Nova Scotia Dykeland System comprised of 81 agricultural marshes, 240 km of dykes, 250 aboiteaux, and 17,000 hectares of protected land. In addition to protecting highly productive agricultural land, the dyke system protects high value assets such as highways, communities, railways, windmills and cultural sites. This provincial dykeland system is considered critical infrastructure.

Nova Scotia Dykeland Systems Upgrade Project:  

If you are highly motivated, focused, and committed to working in a team environment related to dykeland system maintenance work, then we have the perfect opportunity for you.


Primary Accountabilities


  • Assist with inspections and repairs of dykes and aboiteaux structures.  For example, repair aboiteau gates and remove debris from flood control structures; 
  • Operating, servicing, maintaining and repairing equipment and structures (fabrication of parts, minor welding, basic construction);
  • Experience following an OHS program, including documentation;
  • Cutting and trimming trees and brush using chainsaws, gas powered trimmers and hand pruners to maintain drainage ditches and aboiteau structures; 
  • Application of herbicide and deciduous tree control using backpack sprayers and boom sprayer; 
  • Operation of farm tractors for mowing, raking, seeding dykes and marshlands and practical knowledge of working with heavy equipment; 
  •  Considerable physical activity in difficult conditions, 
  • Work in varying weather conditions and wet/cold environments 

Qualifications and Experience

This may be the right opportunity for you if you have:

  • Grade 10 education. 
  • Valid N.S. Class 5 Driver’s License or equivalent. 
  • Valid (Standard) First Aid certificate and WHMIS training. 
  • Ability to lift/carry 50lbs + over difficult terrain in varying weather conditions
  • Must have knowledge of working in tidal conditions
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing and to work independently. 



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Working Conditions


  • Duties often require working irregularly scheduled hours, weekends, evenings and holidays. Must be willing to attend department training in duties related to this position.
  • Employee walks for extended periods of time and distance over both even and uneven terrain.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move more than 50 lbs.
  • All personnel may be called upon for assistance in emergency situations.


Additional Information


This is a permanent seasonal position of 4 to 6 months with an expected start date of May 4, 2024 and ending November 8, 2024 and from mid-April until mid-November each year after. 

Please note, the seasonal status for this position is expected to be 4 to 6 months, however the actual status will depend on the start date of the successful candidate.



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 offering and eligibility criteria. 


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:  MOS 04  

Salary Range:  $1,538.62 - $1,567.81 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