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POSITION #: 72285899
BUSINESS UNIT: Transportation and Public Works
DIVISION: Design and Construction
DATE: October 17, 2013


Applicant Procedure:  Applicants must include the job title and competition number in the subject line of the email that is sent to jobs@halifax.ca.



Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is inviting applications for the permanent position of Land Surveyor in Design and Construction, Transportation and Public Works.

As a professional Land Surveyor, advises on, certifies and/or determines the limits of property rights and ownership in land and is responsible for the overall management and production of legal, topographic and construction surveying projects required to support HRM’s capital infrastructure and property boundary requirements.  Work location is the Eric Spicer Building, 21 Mount Hope Avenue, Dartmouth.


  • Carries out and/or provides direction in researching and gathering information from various sources for the preparation, planning and execution of surveying projects.
  • Carries out and/or assigns work to field survey teams for the collection or layout of positional information at the project site.
  • Uses data processing software to download, edit and coordinate existing and recorded field survey data, converts data into standard HRM formats, and distributes data files and plots to various clients.
  • Analyses deeds, plans and other documentary information and compares with field survey data to determine the location of property boundaries.
  • Checks, prepares and certifies legal survey and subdivision plans in accordance with municipal by-laws and the Land Surveyors Act and Regulations.
  • Prepares and checks legal descriptions of land for acquisition or conveyance by HRM.
  • Creates project file archives by storing digital data and documentary information in established HRM surveying information systems.
  • Researches, obtains and provides copies of existing information according to established internal policies and practices.
  • Trains staff in the use of field surveying equipment and data processing software.
  • Consults and advises on surveying standards, project requirements, project estimates and general surveying practice.
  • Performs other surveying related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

Must be a member in good standing of the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors which requires:

  • Equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying Science from a recognized institution (4 or 5 years).
  • Pass mark in additional professional practice, survey law and boundary retracement examinations as prescribed by the Board of Examiners for the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors (1 or 2 years).
  • Minimum 2 year period of articling experience under the direction of a Nova Scotia Land Surveyor.
  • Additional 2 years’ experience as a Nova Scotia Land Surveyor in a municipal environment or an acceptable equivalent ion and experience.

Job Specific Knowledge & Technical Skills:

  • Detailed knowledge of research, data collection, data processing, data analysis and information presentation required to routinely manage all types of municipal surveying projects;
  • Thorough knowledge of all statutes, regulations and common law as it relates to the practice of professional land surveying in Nova Scotia;
  • Thorough knowledge of the Nova Scotia Coordinate Survey System and the various adjustments thereof;
  • Thorough knowledge of land subdivision, conveyance and registration systems in Nova Scotia;
  • Ability to accurately carry out 3 dimensional field surveys using automated data collection procedures; 
  • Ability to utilize standard software applications such as ArcView GIS, EDL plan indexing system, GroupWise, Word, Excel and Internet Explorer.


Organization/Planning; Teamwork & Cooperation; Customer Service; Analytical Thinking; Communication; Achievement Motivation; Developing Others; Valuing Diversity.

Job Description

HOURS OF WORK:    Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

SALARY:        $35.21 per hour ($35.91 per hour as of November 1st) as per the NSUPE Collective Agreement.

CLOSING DATE:       applications will be received up to 4:00 p.m., October 29, 2013.


We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge and/or a unique skill set not otherwise available. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

Important Note:  Don’t forget to include the competition number and job title in the email you send to jobs@halifax.ca