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Small Engine Mechanic (Mechanic 2)

Date: Dec 7, 2018


Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 12/21/2018  


Lands and Forestry 


Small Engine Mechanic (Mechanic 2), Permanent, SHUBENACADIE 


Competition # 17569  



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. 


Are you an innovative, hands-on problem solver interested in mechanics? Do you want to have a positive impact on the health of Nova Scotia’s woodlands? If so, we have an exciting opportunity as a Small Engine Mechanic with the Fleet and Forest Protection Division of the Department of Lands and Forestry!


About Our Opportunity


As the Small Engine Mechanic, you will be responsible for maintaining the provinces fire pump inventory. You will accomplish this by testing, repairing, winterizing and rebuilding wildfire pumps. You will keep accurate maintenance records and maintain an inventory of replacement parts, ensuring that there is an adequate supply on hand to keep inventory serviceable. You will also have the opportunity to deliver training on fire equipment use, care and maintenance. As required, you will also repair other small engines such as power saws, whipper snippers, lawn mowers of all types, ATVs, UTVs and snowmobiles.


During the fire season (from March 15th to October 15th), you will aid in fire suppression by supplying fire equipment to our Fire Crews and by being one of the operators of a Muskeg fire fighting vehicle (based from Shubenacadie) for deployment throughout the province. You may also assist in the fabrication shop and supply warehouse as required.


This position will report to the Wildfire Equipment Officer, Wildfire Management, Fleet and Forest Protection Division.


About You


As the successful candidate, you have High School completion, a one (1) year Provincial Certification in small engine repair (such as Motorcycle & Power Products Repair) and four (4) years related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.  

A valid NS driver’s license (minimum Class 5) or equivalent is required.


You will have a good working knowledge of several trades (such as welding, vehicle wiring, etc.) and demonstrated experience operating and promoting the safe use of various equipment.


You must possess strong verbal and written communication skills which will assist you when working with staff to help diagnose and resolve equipment issued and to effectively facilitate education courses and public information sessions. You have sound organization and time management skills which will enable you to plan and prioritize various activities at one time and to complete required tasks and reports within scheduled time lines. You possess strong initiative, excellent judgement, thoroughness and willingness to be a team player. You will have strong computer skills including a working knowledge of word processing software and spreadsheets. Knowledge of computer controlled diagnostic technology would be considered an asset.

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


Other Considerations


This position may require extensive travel throughout the province by vehicle or aircraft.


Work is typically performed in a mechanical repair environment occasioned by high noise levels, welding/exhaust fumes and at times adverse weather conditions while operating in a field environment. Considerable standing, lifting and carrying is a requirement of this position.



Pay Grade:  MOS 14  


Salary Range:  $1,763.00 - $1,819.00 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


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