New job Geomatics Engineer Technologist 1 (Survey Technician 2(A)-(B)) in Nova Scotia

Geomatics Engineer Technologist 1 (Survey Technician 2(A)-(B))

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : $3,496 - $4,445 a month
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Lands and Forestry

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG

Closing Date: 9/23/2021 (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 Survey Technician 2(A)-(B), you will be responsible for supporting the land titles initiative for the survey program of the Regional Services Branch of the Department of Lands and Forestry.

Primary Accountabilities

You will assist with the preparation and generation of detailed drawings, charts, graphs and plans and will interpret aerial photographs and survey data results in order to determine property lines and advise on boundary locations. You will also provide technical support and advice to assist senior Survey Technicians and/or professional Surveyors, supervise and review the field work of summer casual and student workers and provide technical oversight and training in field procedures and appropriate land survey techniques to ensure compliance with departmental standards.

You will investigate, establish or re-establish and maintain boundary lines and operate survey instruments (including but not limited to electronic and peripheral equipment, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and/or conventional line of sight technology) to determine precise measurements. You will regularly operate a variety of specialized tools for clearing underbrush, limbing, felling with power saws and other tools for unobstructed instrument sighting at ground level and for boundary maintenance, uncovering survey evidence using a metal detector, pick shovel, spade or other tools and setting wooden stakes and iron pins into the ground as directed.

The Technologist will participate in all aspects of the survey team.

This position will report to the Crown Surveyor.

Qualifications and Experience

As the successful candidate you have completed an approved 2-year technical diploma in survey technology. As the ideal candidate you have demonstrated experience (or educational experience) in drafting plans, researching historical documentation, and compiling records for investigation purposes.

You are able to use your knowledge of survey law, land transaction requirements, and survey requirements, to continuously look to identify process roadblocks and help streamline product delivery by improving efficiencies, building transparency and communicating effectively with all stakeholders.

You have demonstrated computer skills and knowledge of software used to digitally transform and shape spatial data such as AutoCAD, ArcMap, GNSS processing programs, C&G Survey, and transformation/conversion software. You have an understanding and training in map projections, error analysis, geodetic computations, reference data, geoids, ellipsoids, coordinating transformations and other geospatial factors.

You have knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of cadastral and geodetic surveying, modern survey methods and survey devices such as total stations, GNSS, and Data Collectors and the capabilities and limitations of the various methods and instruments used for land survey work.

To be successful in this role, you will have a strong attention to detail and excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills as well as tact and diplomacy in order to advise and consult a range of audiences, to interview and extract information from landowners, to resolve issues cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders and to testify as an expert witness on matters related to legal surveys. You are a self-starter, detail-oriented and able to work independently and in a team environment.

While not required, it is considered an asset if you have previous experience and training in chainsaw use.

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.


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

Travel withing assigned region for field work; can include use of ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, and helicopters.

Work outside extensively in varied weather conditions.

Additional Information

A valid driver’s license is required. This position will travel extensively year-round throughout assigned region for field work. You may be required to operate department vehicles including off road vehicles, boats and equipment, work in remote areas and travel long distances on foot over rough terrain during field work activities while carrying equipment.

Please include proof of training with your application.

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 for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade: TE 18

Salary Range: $1,748.13 - $2,222.35 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

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