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Nursery Labourer (Maintenance Worker 1(A)) (Hiring Pool)



Competition # : 38490 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Seasonal

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/31/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Hiring Pool


This posting will be used to establish a Hiring Pool for Seasonal, Temporary and Casual employment opportunities.


Please Note: Casual work (less than 10 weeks duration) is non-bargaining unit status work and successful applicants will not be considered to have bargaining unit status.


In accordance with the civil service collective agreement, the order of consideration will be ‘expression of interest’ applicants, internal applicants, then external applicants.  As a result, external applicants, please note that your application will be considered primarily for casual, temporary or term positions.

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. 

About Our Opportunity


The Nursery production Worker is responsible for carrying out operational tasks required in the annual production of forest seedlings. Operational targets are determined yearly by the Nursery Superintendent in consultation with industry as well as government partners.

Primary Accountabilities


The yearly cycle includes seeding, thinning, transplanting, growing, and packaging forest seedlings. These tasks are critical in allowing the Nursery to achieve its production targets and produce high quality forest seedlings.

Qualifications and Experience


Previous forest nursery or greenhouse experience would be considered an asset. Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations; a valid NS Class 5 Drivers License (or equivalent); a valid First Aid Certificate and WHMIS training are also assets. Knowledge of mechanical and machinery maintenance will be an asset as well as Class 3 driver's licence with air brakes.


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.



An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. 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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


You will be required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. You must occasionally lift and or/ move more than 50 pounds.  


There is regular exposure to outdoor weather.  Higher temperatures while working in the greenhouse and cold frames.

Additional Information


This is a Hiring Pool created for Seasonal, Temporary and Casual employment opportunities. 


“Seasonal Employee” means an employee who works on a seasonal basis for more than ten (10) weeks but less than fifty-two (52) weeks in a year and returns in a subsequent season to the same department and the same geographic location.


“Temporary Employee” means an employee who is employed for more than ten (10) continuous weeks but less than thirty-nine (39) continuous weeks (nine (9) months) or employed in the same department for more than ten (10) weeks but less than thirty-nine (39) weeks in a fifty-two (52) week period.


“Casual” work (less than 10 weeks duration) is non-bargaining unit status work and successful applicants will not be considered to have bargaining unit status.

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
  • Department specific flexible working schedules


Pay Grade:  MOS 04  

Salary Range:  $1,493.81 - $1,522.15 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). 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. 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