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Parks Program Summer Student



Competition # : 34049 

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


Nova Scotia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. From the steep canyon slopes of the Margaree River to the sand dunes of Sand Hills Beach, Nova Scotia’s parks and protected areas support recreation, tourism, research, and education. They preserve nature and offer us a place to escape, be adventurous, and just have fun! Each year, our Nova Scotia Provincial Parks welcome thousands of visitors to camping, day-use and beach parks and trails. 

The Parks Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is seeking a post-secondary student to assist with projects related to data analysis, information management, business processes, and monitoring and delivery of programs. 


Primary Accountabilities


As the Parks Program Student, you will have the opportunity to work with and receive training and mentorship from a passionate team of professionals.  You will assist staff with a range of duties which include development of park operating processes, information management, analysis of visitor data, compiling reports, and monitoring communications to help enhance the visitor experience in the provincial parks system.

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

  • Analyze, revise, and create business processes
  • Information management including transition to MS SharePoint
  • Data analysis and management 
  • Respond to and resolve client issues
  • Update campground photographs and attributes in the reservation system
  • Report writing and delivery
  • Evaluating and revising policies and procedures related to park operations
  • Park program evaluation/monitoring


Qualifications and Experience


You must be a full-time post-secondary student currently enrolled in the field of business administration, economics, commerce, statistics, computer science, community development or another related discipline returning to school in the fall of 2022.


You have strong organizational, communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.  You can work independently as well as part of a team. You will be familiar with computers including standard office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, email, and social media platforms. You will have experience in client/customer service.  


The following are considered assets: 

  • Knowledge or experience with data management and analysis and surveys
  • Project management experience
  • Business processes and policies
  • Local area geography, photography, the Provincial Park system; camping, day-use beach parks and trails in general
  • First aid certification 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


This position will work mostly in an office environment with regular business hours. Some travel throughout the province may be required, visiting the different provincial campgrounds, day-use beach parks and trails 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 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 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