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Crown Land Surveyor (Surveyor 1(A)-(B)-2(A)-(B))



Competition # : 32753 

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: WAVERLEY

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 10/27/2021 (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 Natural Resources and Renewables 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.

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About Our Opportunity


As the Crown Land Surveyor you are a land management professional, performing technical standard survey work; responsible for the establishment, and maintenance of the boundaries and all other survey related matters with respect to the portion of the 3.8 million acres of Crown Land administered by the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables that lie within their respective district. 

Primary Accountabilities


Some of the primary accountabilities in this role include:


  • Serving as the region’s land management professional, managing the Crown Land Survey Program including all professional survey services and related administrative services for a large geographic area of the province.
  • Overseeing multiple routine survey projects of considerable scope and variety with numerous complications, including the researching of historical information, collection and processing of field data, preparation of legal survey plan, reports, property descriptions, and project cost records.
  • Overseeing maintenance of survey and office equipment, supplies, and vehicles to ensure staff is adequately equipped to deliver the Survey Program.
  • Conducting research on land ownership at Registry of Deeds, Land Information Centres, other government departments and agencies, private legal survey, and engineering firms.
  • Certifying survey plans with respect to their accuracy and compliance with legislation and is legally responsible for all certified standard surveys. 
  • Administer multiple survey contracts for work done on Crown Land.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be a right opportunity for you if you have a Bachelor degree or diploma from a recognized survey program approved by the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors. Registered as a Candidate Member of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors and pursuing Active Membership status with the Association.

As the ideal candidate you possess significant initiative, exercise sound judgement and bring creativeness to your work to determine needs and priorities for the Survey Program and to incorporate goals for these into the work plan. Attention to detail is essential in this role to ensure and certify boundaries of Crown Land are accurately located. 

Strong communication (written and verbal) and relationship building skills is essential to work with both internal and external stakeholders. 

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.



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


Work within an office environment.

Long periods of time outdoors in all types of extreme weather in areas often accessible only by long walks.

Occasionally will be required to travel to remote areas by helicopter, snowmobile, ATV, boat or canoe.

Additional Information


You are registered as a Candidate Member of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors and pursuing Active Membership status with the Association.

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:  PR 07 - PR 13  

Salary Range:  $1,880.06 - $2,913.59 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