Canada nationals: Hydrogeologist

Government of Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS, Canada
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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About Us

Making this Province work is no small job.

The Environmental Services Team of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal plays a pivotal role in ensuring new and existing infrastructure in our Province is sustainably developed with minimal risk to our environment.

Our team is growing.  We have an exciting opportunity for a Hydrogeologist, perfect for a person who is passionate for protection of our Province’s water resources.

Primary Accountabilities

As the Hydrogeologist, you will conduct a wide range of professional hydrological, geological, geochemical and geotechnical services which are required to protect provincial water resources. You will also investigate and resolve complaints under the Environment Act. Examples of investigations may include contamination due to underground storage tanks, highway deicing salt, organic and inorganic contaminants and acid drainage, well water loss due to construction and blasting, and seepage problems due to ground water pressure and movement.

You will provide comprehensive contract administration and project management services to support environmental projects including preparing calls for proposal/terms of reference for environmental studies and managing consultant contracts. You will lead the Monitoring Program for all Provincial onsite water supplies and provide technical support to maintain regulatory compliance.

This opportunity requires extensive contact with professional and technical staff within the department, as well as other departments, governments, industries, contractors, and the public. Occasional travel within the province is required.

Qualifications and Experience

You have a Bachelor of Science in Geology, or a Bachelor of Engineering in an applicable discipline. You have a general knowledge of geotechnical engineering, geology, hydrology, geochemistry, hydrogeology and/or water resources evaluation, development and protection procedures. Formal training and experience in modern quantitative and qualitative water resource management and environmental protection is desirable.

You are registered (or eligible for registration) in the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia and/or Engineers Nova Scotia.

You have a valid driver’s license in good standing, and ability to travel throughout the province.

You are a highly-motivated team player with demonstrated ability to work both independently and as an effective team player. You are comfortable in both office and field environments. You demonstrate the ability to research, investigate, design and implement all necessary mapping, research, investigative and testing programs.

You are knowledgeable in project management procedures, including contract administration, phased construction, project scheduling and cost control, and on-site inspection and project supervision. You possess a working knowledge of environmental regulations, industry practices and safe work practices. You have exceptional attention to detail and are accurate in your work. A high standard of verbal and written communication skills is essential when working with a diversity of stakeholders.


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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions

During field assignments, you may be required to visit on-site locations where heavy equipment is in operation, visit remote locations, and work in areas where hazardous materials are in use.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.

Pay Grade:  PR 07 - PR 15  

Salary Range:  $1,870.71 - $3,139.57 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.