Share this Job

Assistant Forest Health Officer (Forestry Technician 1(A)-(B))

Date: Dec 7, 2018


Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/21/2018  


Lands and Forestry 


Assistant Forest Health Officer (Forestry Technician 1(A)-(B)), Temporary, SHUBENACADIE  


Competition # 17595  



About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, 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.


The Province has approximately 4 million hectares of forested land and the work of the Forest Health Section within the Fleet and Forest Protection Division is critical to the ultimate success of all provincial forest health programs and services, including guidelines and standards. This section provides technical advice and management options to forest stakeholders who are attempting to deal with pest problems.


If you’re looking for an exciting entry level forestry opportunity where you can develop your skills and help protect the health of Nova Scotia’s forest resources, we have an exciting opportunity for you as an Assistant Forest Health Officer!


About Our Opportunity


As the Assistant Forest Health Officer, you will support the Forest Health Specialists in the timely, accurate completion and proper processing of forest pest surveys across Nova Scotia. You will assist with the collection of survey samples for specific forest pests including but are not limited to spruce budworm, white marked tussock moth, hemlock looper, black-headed budworm, jack pine budworm, balsam fir sawfly, spruce beetle, brown spruce long-horned beetle, balsam wooly adelgid and pale winged gray. Each of these pests has a unique field sampling protocol which you will maintain.

As with the sample collection, each forest pest has a unique lab protocol that must be sustained. In a typical year there can be in excess of 2000 individual samples to be processed in our Forest Health lab facility and you will have the opportunity to support this ongoing work. You will accurately enter data from the completed surveys which will enable the analysis of data and GIS mapping.

You will also help in the maintenance of the vehicles and lab facility, ensuring that all are in good working order and will ensure field and lab equipment/supplies are in place.  You may also have the opportunity to participate in section or team meetings and planning sessions.

This position reports to the Supervisor, Forest Health or designate.


About You


As the successful candidate, you will have one (1) year of related experience (in the forestry industry, specifically in the area of forest pests) or basic knowledge of forestry, wildlife, carpentry and vehicle maintenance. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


The following education/experience is considered an asset:

  • a Diploma from a recognized school of Natural Resource Management
  • experience in wood travel, tree identification and the use of maps, compasses and GPS
  • a strong working knowledge of GIS applications as well as databases, word processing, spreadsheets and e-mail applications
  • previous lab experience

As this is a specialized position, you must be highly self-motivated with strong attention to detail in order to produce accurate and reliable results. You are a team player with strong communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills. 

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.


Other Considerations


This is a temporary position with an anticipated end date of March 15, 2019.

A valid NS driver’s licence (minimum Class 5) or equivalent is required. This position requires frequent travel in all weather conditions across Nova Scotia and irregular working hours. You will be required to operate or travel in department vehicles, including off-road vehicles, helicopters, boats and equipment, work in remote areas and travel long distance on foot over rough terrain.

Certification in First Aid and WHIMIS is required prior to employment.



Pay Grade:  TE 11 - TE 14  


Salary Range:  $1,327.00 - $1,671.00 Bi-Weekly


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.


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 Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



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 their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact



                                                                                   NS Gov Logo 2016 English 3Col 1 (002)                        Diversity English 2   Click here to see how we won!