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Forest Inventory Technician (Forest Technician 2-3)



Competition # : 29451 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 4/21/2021 (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.

About Our Opportunity


As the Forest Inventory Technician, you will be responsible for the collection of forest metrics from the Inventory PSPs for the integrated continuous forest inventory field program for the Province.  The program determines the status, location and condition of the timber and non-timber resources with additional descriptions based upon the biophysical and ecological conditions of forest lands. 

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in the role include: 


  • Ensuring the integrity of the program through maximizing productivity, attribute precision and attribute accuracy within a safe and friendly atmosphere are the primary goals of the individual. 
  • Working closely with the Supervisor Forest Inventory, Forest Inventory Data Analyst other Forest Inventory Technicians to ensure forest inventory sampling methods and specifications along with quality control and quality assurance programs are fully understood, correctly interpreted, and applied.
  • Preparing the maps and data for field packages and editing the data collected during the field season,  which requires a basic knowledge of Arc GIS,  Microsoft office products.. 


The position reports to the Supervisor Forest Inventory

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have Graduated from a recognized forestry or related technician diploma program.  As the ideal candidate you exercise sound judgement to accept and carry out responsibilities with a minimal level of supervision for the forest inventory field program.  You must work independently and as a team to achieve individual program goals.  Must exercise a degree of independent judgement, decision making and initiative in carrying out program responsibilities.  You also have the ability to respond positively to unforeseen changes and act quickly to address crisis situations drawing on appropriate resources and experiences; offer ideas to address current situations or issues as well as initiate and carry through on projects.


As a member of the Inventory Team you must:


  • Have FEC training;
  • Be able to identify forest tree and woody vegetation species, assessment of ground cover and rudimentary knowledge of the soils of Nova Scotia; 
  • Be able to use a stereoscope to delineate and interpret aerial photography; 
  • Be familiar with the accurate use of a diameter tape, laser hypsometer, GPS, digital camera, , stylus driven tablets and communication with a radio; 
  • Be a motivated, results-based individual with a penchant for quality accurate forest mensuration work;  
  • Demonstrate good leadership skills and a positive attitude are required, as well as a friendly diplomatic approach is required for working with the general public, landowners and colleagues;
  • Be proficient in excel, word, outlook, etc. 


Other Assets would include:

  • Current, documented training in First Aid, WHIMIS, ATV operation, Pleasure Operator Card, Canoe use, Radio use, Respect in the workplace, Violence in the workplace, Bear Awareness, Defensive Driving 
  • A valid NS driver's license (minimum Class 5) and access to a motor vehicle are essential. 



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. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


During field season the successful candidate will be working in the woodlands throughout Nova Scotia spending a week at a time throughout the field season away from home.   The candidate must be prepared to spend all day outside in all weather conditions.  Due to the remote location of some plots  travel by vehicle, helicopter, ATV, canoe or on foot for long distances, over rough terrain and in all-weather may be required to reach the plots.

Additional Information


This is a term opportunity with an anticipated end date of March 25, 2022; however, the status of the opportunity is dependent on the start date of the successful applicant. 

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 16 - TE 25  

Salary Range:  $1,627.48 - $2,718.98 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