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Summer Student (Shubenacadie Wildlife Park)



Competition # : 38277 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/30/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources And Renewables 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 Shubenacadie Wildlife Park is one of Nova Scotia’s top tourist destinations and has attracted millions of visitors over the past 68 years. The 40-hectare park has enchanted Nova Scotians and visitors alike and provides a wide range of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities.

About Our Opportunity


Need a summer job but don’t want to spend all day behind a desk inside? Come work for us and help maintain our beautiful provincial parks!


We are seeking a summer students to work primarily in one of three areas:


  • General maintenance (2 positions): assist staff in the seasonal maintenance of Park grounds, including buildings, trails, vehicles, equipment and includes such tasks as mowing, whipper snipping, painting, janitorial duties such as cleaning washrooms and garbage collection. Other duties may include assisting with animal care. You will report to the Park Foreperson or designate.


  • Cashier, Wetland Centre (1 position): You will primarily be responsible for the retail gift shop, including displays of merchandise, keeping track of inventory and offering sales assistance to our customers.  You will be responsible for cash and POS transactions, balancing the till, and submitting deposits regularly.  You may be required to open and/or close the Centre according to Park procedures. You will report to the Supervisor of Visitor Experience


  • Animal Care (2 positions): assist staff to clean and maintain enclosures, prepare diets and feed animals, run errands (getting supplies), and engage with visitors in the parl. Other duties may include assisting with general maintenance. You will report to the Park Foreperson or designate.

About You


You are a high school, college or university student who is returning to study in the Fall of 2023.


You are well organized and capable of working in a team environment and/or independently.  You must be a self-starter and able to work with minimum supervision while demonstrating good judgment. You should also have experience in general maintenance practices such as mowing and painting and be familiar with basic repairs of related equipment, with basic cashier skills, or animal care.


You must be physically capable of lifting articles weighing up to 25 kg. As the park operates 7 days a week, flexibility to work shifts that include longer days and some weekends is also required. WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training, a Standard/Intermediate First Aid Certificate and a Class 5 driver’s licence would be assets.


In your application, you can indicate your preference for which of the three areas interest you. Successful candidates will be assigned to an area based on demonstrated skills and indicated preferences.


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.



This is a summer student position. Your rate of pay is established based on your current academic level. Proof of academic enrollment may be required.



Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $14.90 - $28.12 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.


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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