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Aircraft Pilot 2

Date: Feb 22, 2021


Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29059 

Department: Lands and Forestry


Type of Employment: Temporary

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/8/2021​ (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 Lands and Forestry 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.


Aviation Services is a division of the Department of Lands and Forestry responsible for providing helicopter support for all provincial government departments and agencies.

About Our Opportunity


Under the overall supervision of the Operations Manager and reporting to the Chief Pilot, the Aircraft Pilot 2 will act as a Pilot-in-Command (PIC) responsible for the safe and efficient operation of department aircraft.

Primary Accountabilities


Mission profiles include, but are not limited to, aerial reconnaissance and surveys, wildfire suppression, forest and wildlife management, enforcement, executive transport, and inland search and rescue. The Aircraft Pilot 2 will be required to closely interact with the Emergency Management Office (EMO), the RCMP, and other police agencies.


The applicant must be able to act as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) in a single-crew environment.


The Aircraft Pilot 2 will be responsible for all phases of the helicopter flight. This includes pre-flight planning such as weather interpretation, weight and balance computations, and safety briefings.


Inflight duties include the safe and efficient operation of the helicopter, the overall safety and security of the aircraft, passengers, and cargo. Post-flight requirements will include logbook entries, reporting of aircraft defects as required, and completion of all documents and paperwork as required by regulations and department policy.

Qualifications and Experience


Current Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) on the Airbus AS350 (EC30) series an asset.


While not required, it is considered an asset if you have Current Pilot Proficiency Check (PPC) on the Airbus AS350B3E (H-125) series.


You must have knowledge and extensive experience of wildfire suppression procedures, wildlife surveys, cargo slinging, and water bucketing.


A minimum of 2000 hours pilot-in-command flight experience on helicopters. Minimum 1500 hours of pilot in-command flight experience on turbine helicopters.


As the Aircraft Pilot 2, you must be cognizant of relevant Canadian Aviation Regulations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations, and Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations. Good judgment and decision-making are imperative.


The applicant must be able to work with minimal supervision and carry out all flight and ground duties in a professional and safe manner; including pre-flight and post-flight activities that relate to the specific flight. Other duties (non-flying) will be assigned by the Chief Pilot or Operations Manager as required. 


Experience in remote unprepared landing areas is essential. Confidentiality and discretion are imperative.


Experience with both Foreflight and Cirro flight management software would be an asset. 


Preferred applicants will have experience with public outreach and community relations. Strong presentation skills, as well as the ability to organize and facilitate special projects will be considered assets to the position. 


We will assess the above qualifications 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.

Working Conditions


Must be available to work outside of regular hours, on weekends and statutory holidays, particularly during the fire season.

Additional Information


Flight duties may necessitate extended stays away from the main Aviation Services’ base in Shubenacadie. The applicant must reside or be available to report to duty within 60 minutes as required for standby purposes.


Please note this is a Temporary opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 24, 2021; The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

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.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  TE 27  

Salary Range:  $2,503.35 - $2,907.63 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). 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