ALL CBU CO-OP STUDENTS – Research Intern, Town of Truro


Planning & Development Department

Known as the “Hub of Nova Scotia”, Truro is home to over 12,000 residents and is centrally situated 40 minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, one hour from Nova Scotia’s capital city of Halifax. It is close to one of New Brunswick’s largest cities; Moncton is located approximately one hour and forty five minutes from Truro.

The purpose of the Planning & Development Department is to ensure that the environmental, social, and fiscal effects of development proceed in a responsible fashion. The main duties of the department are to manage development and advise Council, its Committees, and other Town Departments on issues related to the development of the community.

Skills required:

  • Communication – both oral and written
  • Independence – being able to work without close supervision, managing your own time and projects
  • Critical thinking – being able to evaluate your work and that of others, making judgments about the value of information and drawing conclusions from data.
  • Problem solving – working without “a right answer” and devising strategies to work towards a solution
  • Contributing as a professional – presenting work to your peers, managing discussions and defending your position, having the confidence to put forwards ideas to senior staff


The department manages all aspects of planning and development including preparation of long-range plans, processing of rezoning applications, development agreement applications, subdivision applications, building and development permits, in-house mapping services and zoning certificates.

The Planning Team consists of the Director, Building Inspector/Development Officer, Heritage Officer/Planning Administrator, Economic Development Officer, By-law Enforcement Officer, Planning/GIS Technician and Administrative Assistant.

In addition, the department also provides the following services to the community:

  • Consultation and negotiation with property owners and managers about their objectives and how they can work with the official plans of the community;
  • Research and development of pro-active policy;
  • Preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations; and
  • Statistical analysis.

As well as:

  • Taxi Licence Administration,
  • By-Law Enforcement.

Application Details

We are looking for a Research Intern to perform a variety of assignments related to the development of long and short-term policy and regulatory advice to Council.

If you would like more information on how you could apply for this position as a CBU Co-op Option and earn 3 credits toward your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer Carly Turnbull: