Inspector (Area Safety Administrator) (Port Hawkesbury)



Competition # : 41064 

Department: Public Works


Zone: 5 & 6

Type of Employment: Year Round 

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG 

Closing Date: 01-Dec-23  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)


Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works 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. We’re recruiting for people like you to help our Province achieve big things.


The Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, 4,100 bridges, and 9 provincial ferries. There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon in our Province, and this is your opportunity to get involved with supporting health, safety and environment issues in regards to maintenance and construction activities throughout your assigned construction area.

About Our Opportunity


As the Area Inspector (Safety Inspector), you will assist the manager, supervisors and employees in health, safety and environment issues and provide support to the Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Division.

Primary Accountabilities


You will attend JOHSE meetings and participate in tool box talks; assisting with action items. You will also be responsible for coordinating and delivering HSE training, coordinating new employee HSE orientation, organizing safety files, tracking bi-weekly safety reports, scheduling and updating training records, compiling/presenting safety stats, investigating incidents, and making recommendations for follow-up action.


As the Safety Inspector, you are key in the promotion of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS) and supporting staff and management in the successful implementation of this principle in workplace practices. You will assist in the promotion of key departmental HSE programs and policies including Respiratory, Hearing, Lead, and Radon (Radiation) Protection; Housekeeping; Asbestos Management; Liquid Asphalt; Emergency Preparedness and Response; and Environmental Management. You will also co-ordinate and assist in building inspections, site inspections, and hazard assessments.


You will further assist management and staff to develop effective cooperative relationships with public and private sector clients and partners to maintain safe, healthy and environmentally compliant workplaces.

Qualifications and Experience


High School and five (5) years of experience in construction, industry, manufacturing, or the transportation sector.


You must have knowledge and experience in safety, gained through previous work participation in OHS committees, and/or training such as: supervisor roles and responsibility, incident investigation, hazard identification, loss control, safety climate, risk management, and environmental management and sustainability. You are knowledgeable of the OHS Act, Environment Act and their respective regulations.


Familiarity and competency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint) and data entry with computerized databases is required.


You must be certified in Temporary Workplace Signing, Emergency or Standard First Aid, and WHMIS.


A valid driver’s license and a good driving record is a requirement. Candidates are asked to please include a current Driver’s Abstract with their application.


Experience delivering training courses to adult learners, conducting HSE audits or performing audit functions, and experience with building maintenance and/or highway construction and maintenance are considered assets.

You have the ability to multi-task, organize and take a proactive approach to planning and execution, as well as maintain a high level of confidentiality, professional tact, and judgment.



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


Work is performed in an office environment and the field, in which you will be exposed to workplace conditions (such as dust, noise, chemical and biological hazards). Incumbents must be able to climb heights, walk in difficult areas and uneven terrain, enter or crawl in restricted spaces, climb above and below bridge structures, enter hazardous construction sites, work in remote areas and potentially access forestry operations.

The incumbent will be required / must be capable of wearing various (including hot, restrictive and uncomfortable) personal protective devices depending on the location, incident or severity of risk from the visible and non-visible hazards. In addition, the incumbent must be able to work irregular hours, travel throughout the province, and is responsible for supplying their own vehicle for travel as required.

Additional Information


There is one (1) opportunity that supports the Port Hawkesbury Construction Area which includes Zone 5 and 6.


This opportunity is for a 52-week, Year-Round position – the duties of which are full time and continuous in nature.

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.


Pay Grade:  INSPECTR  

Salary Range:  $22.13 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.


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. 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.  PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:



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