New Job Equipment Operator (Year Round) (Amherst) In Nova Scotia

Equipment Operator (Year Round) (Amherst)
Equipment Operator (Year Round) (Amherst)

Equipment Operator (Year Round) (Amherst)

Company : Province of Nova Scotia
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Nova Scotia

Full Description

Department: Public Works

Location: AMHERST

Zone: 20

Type of Employment: Year Round

Union Status: CUPE - NSPG

Closing Date: 5/23/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

Under Article 13 of the Collective Agreement between the Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 1867, the following opportunity is being posted.

Please quote the competition number and the Zone you are applying for as noted above on your application.

About Us

Maintaining our Provincial Infrastructure is no small job.

The Department of Public Works supports Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.

If you enjoy operating Heavy Equipment, are looking for flexible work, and seeking your next opportunity where you will directly contribute to the safety of our province, we want to hear from you.

Primary Accountabilities

Weather in Nova Scotia is challenging and ever changing. As an Equipment Operator, your role is pivotal in helping the public arrive safely to their destination.

During the Summer Works Period, this position is primarily responsible for operating summer maintenance equipment such as trucks, tractors, graders and loaders. Some of this equipment will also have various attachments for maintenance activities. During the Winter Works Period, this position is primarily responsible for operating snow removal equipment such as snow-plows, graders and loaders. General maintenance of the equipment, pre-and-post trip inspections, and completion of daily logs is also required.

Throughout the year and depending on provincial needs, you will also be required to assist with construction and maintenance work such as:

  • Maintaining traffic control signs;
  • Road surface repairs;
  • General maintenance; and
  • Traffic control.

Qualifications and Experience

To be eligible, applicants must be declared competent as an OPTP (One Person Truck Plow) operator by the Department of Public Works.

As the ideal candidate, you are flexible, self-motivated, and comfortable working in adverse weather conditions. As part of our team, you bring professionalism and hold a high standard for client service.

Knowledge of hydraulic systems and a mechanical aptitude are considered assets. Previous experience operating trucks with salt and plow equipment, a Class I license, and knowledge of salt spreading systems are also considered assets.


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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

You will be working in all types of weather conditions, environmental hazards, traffic conditions, occasional work performed in a mechanical environment occasioned by smoke and fumes. Expected to work in above normal noise, dust and vibrations.

Additional Information

There is one (1) opportunity available based out of Zone 20 (Amherst)

This opportunity is for a 52-week, Year-Round position – the duties of which are full time and continuous in nature.

You will be assessed on the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: practical driving test on a tandem truck, written examination, interview, and reference checks.

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.

Pay Grade:

Salary Range: 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.

This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current CUPE local 1867 employees with a date of seniority. The successful candidate(s) will be expected to perform duties as necessary within their zone. 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. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Current employees may apply to this position through the following link:

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 [email protected].