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Parks Engineering Summer Student



Competition # : 34048 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables

Location: TRURO

Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 1/20/2022 (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. 


We’re recruiting for summer students to help our province achieve big things!


About Our Opportunity


We are seeking a post-secondary student to assist the Parks Division in designing new infrastructure, assessment and evaluation of existing infrastructure, concept development, construction management and determining solutions to technical problems.  Infrastructure projects exist in Campground Parks, Day-Use Beach Parks and Trails. 


Primary Accountabilities


As a Parks Engineering Summer Student, you will have the opportunity to work with and receive training and mentorship from the Parks Engineer, Planning Technician, Trail Development Officer, Planners, GIS Officer and other professional staff. You will assist staff with a range of duties which include implementation of projects, design and development and delivery of phased infrastructure projects. Some of the work you will be implementing will complete accessibility outcomes. 

You may also assist with a wide range of tasks such as: 

  • Park infrastructure planning and design 
  • Park infrastructure evaluation/assessment and monitoring
  • Park conceptual design planning 
  • Field work, data collection and analysis
  • Concept Research for new initiatives
  • Review of existing park standards
  • Review of existing records management 
  • Report writing, delivery and presentation


Qualifications and Experience


You must be a full-time post-secondary student enrolled in any of the following fields: engineering, engineering technology, water technology and returning to studies in the fall of 2022.

To be successful in this role, you must have strong verbal and written communications skills as the work requires the preparation of infrastructure designs, inspections, written and technical reports.

You will have strong organizational skills and problem-solving ability.  You can work both independently and as part of a team. You will be familiar with computers including software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and email.

The following are considered assets/ knowledge and/or experience with:

  • National Building Code; NS Building Code 
  • ECC guidelines and requirements (On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems)
  • Understanding of drawings and use of AutoCAD
  • Industry Standard Practice
  • Standard Specifications for Municipal Services
  • Contract Documentation-drawings and written specifications
  • Construction Observation/Inspection
  • Canadian Drinking Water Standards
  • Knowledge or experience with Accessibility Standards
  • Local area geography, photography, the Provincial Park system; camping, day-use beach parks and trails in general
  • GPS equipment and software for navigation and data capture/management and GIS software (ArcGIS)
  • Standard first aid


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.


Working Conditions


You will be required to travel throughout the Province, visiting the different provincial parks and conducting infrastructure assessments in all weather conditions. As such, a valid NS Driver’s License (or equivalent) and access to a reliable vehicle is required.  Candidates selected for interviews may be required to submit a Driver’s Abstract.


Additional Information


We are currently recruiting for one summer engineering student position based out of Truro. The summer work term starts May 2, with an anticipated end date of August 26, 2022.

Employees are expected to provide their own safety boots.

Each student’s rate of pay is established on initial appointment based on the student's current academic level.


On October 6, 2021 the Government of Nova Scotia announced full vaccination will be a condition of employment for new staff being hired. View the news release here.




Pay Grade:  HOURLY 

Salary Range:  $16.50 - $26.90 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.


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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