• Location: Cape Breton University
  • Deadline: September 12, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Museum Technician 1-2

Competition # : 40290

Department: Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU – NSPG

Closing Date: 12-Sep-23  (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us

Nova Scotia’s culture and heritage contribute to vibrant communities and enrich the quality of life in every part of the province. The Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage invites Nova Scotians to experience and participate in our rich cultural expression.

By exploring our past, we appreciate where we came from. This enriches our lives today and gives us insight for times ahead. Through investing in our future, we help realize the potential of our people and talents. We foster an environment that embraces ideas and innovation. Jobs are generated and our creative economy flourishes. Encouraging cultural expression brings life to our communities. We each contribute to the province we call home through distinct perspectives and traditions. Together, our diversity defines the uniqueness of Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity

Although this museum technician position is organizationally under the Museum of Natural History General Manager, they work directly under the Senior Preparator and will be completing tasks at the Museum of Natural History (MNH) and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA). As a Museum Technician, you enhance the effectiveness of our Tech Team by bringing a variety of fabrication skill sets, a collaborative spirit, thoughtful problem-solving, and good communication skills. The Department and the Tech Team relies on the support of its’ Museum Technicians to make sure it achieves good workflow and an excellent visiting experience.

The Museum Technician reports to the Senior Preparator.

Primary Accountabilities

  • Supports the interpretation mandate of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History through fabrication, installation, dismantling, moving and maintenance of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibit structures and components, as well as program props and materials.
  • Develops excellent visitor and educational experiences by contributing to the planning, research, budgeting and design of exhibits and exhibit components, particularly production methods, schedules and materials. Utilizes skills and knowledge of working with a variety of construction materials, including wood, metals, plastics, and glass, as well as digital media, and a variety of finishes.
  • Supports the preservation and safe presentation of artifacts, specimen and live specimens from the Nova Scotia Museum Collection, as well as items and artifacts on loan to the museum, through close collaboration and consultation with museum curators, conservators, interpretation staff and contractors and development of secure, museum quality display cases, storage systems and mounts.
  • Contributes to a respectful, collaborative, healthy and safe workplace by attending and contributing to team meetings, maintaining clear communications and timely updates to colleagues at both museums and broader – when required, following OHS and WHMIS policies and procedures, maintaining workshop tools, equipment, storage, and workspaces, undertaking minor repairs and maintenance to museum facilities, including CSS Acadia. Works well independently and as part of a team, staff, and with ship keeper when necessary

Qualifications and Experience

To be successful in this role you have completed Grade 12 plus completed a post-secondary training in carpentry/woodworking with 3 years of experience in carpentry/woodworking. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

You have experience and knowledge working in a museum work environment, with interest in maritime heritage, boats, or natural history. You also have:

  • Experience working with wood, glass, plastics, metals, paints, solvents, etc.
  • Knowledge of museum conservation
  • Experience working with artifacts
  • Knowledge of exhibition design and fabrication including integration of multimedia and live specimens
  • Knowledge of, WHMIS, OHS
  • Able to translate design briefs into 3D structures

You are computer proficient, including the use of software packages such as Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and Excel), internet, and web-based applications. You have strong interpersonal, teambuilding, problem solving and collaborative skills. The incumbent must be self-directed, able to work independently but also demonstrate teamwork valuing and respecting a diverse and inclusive environment.

Knowledge of CAD is considered an asset.

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.

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.
  • A wide variety of Career Paths
  • Some flexibility in work schedule

Pay Grade:  TE 12 – TE 16

Salary Range:  $1,516.08 – $2,010.77 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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