Honouring Mi'kmaw Roots Summer Student, Casual

This opportunity is designated to candidates that identify as Mi'kmaq.

About Us

At the Department of Agriculture, our vision is to create a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We work to support the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia.

About Our Opportunity

Are you a Mi'kmaw student, looking for a summer job and an opportunity to experience the food security and the modern agricultural science industry? If so, we have a multi-layered opportunity for you.

The Department of Agriculture has an entrance scholarship of at least $2500 available to support your first year of study in an agricultural degree program at a Canadian university (the amount may be re-evaluated based on financial need). In addition to receiving the scholarship, you will also have a summer job with the Department of Agriculture after completing your first year. You will receive a salary for your work (~$10,000) and will gain valuable work experience and contacts in the agriculture industry, which will help you narrow down the kind of work you'd like to do in the future.

About You

You are Mi'kmaq and enrolled in your first year of a B.Sc. (Agriculture) program at a Canadian university, starting in September 2023. You are excited to learn more about agriculture and you are willing to bring your community perspective to the job! Create a short communication (e.g. 2-4 minute video, 1-2 page essay, etc) to let us know:

  • Why food security is important to your community;
  • The most exciting thing happening in agriculture right now; and
  • Why you want to pursue an agricultural career!

Other Considerations

The scholarship will be awarded pending proof of enrollment for the 2023-24 school year. The summer internship is expected to run from 29 April 2024 to 30 August 2024. The internship work location is Truro-Bible Hill.

Pay Grade: HOURLY

Salary Range: $17.85 - $21.69 Bi-Weekly

Application Checklist

1. Agricultural communication piece (video, essay, graphic design). Essays are two be 1-2 pages in length.

  • PDF files can be uploaded into the application portal
  • If you create a video, please upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video and copy the link into the required field. The system cannot accept uploaded video files. Videos are to be between 2-4 minutes in length.

2. Transcript

3. Resume and cover letter

4. Reference letter (from a teacher, counsellor, student support worker, coach, employer, etc.)

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview in May 2023.

Please note this scholarship is for any Mi'kmaw students (secondary & mature) heading into their first year enrolled in their first year of a B.Sc. (Agriculture) program at a Canadian university.

The deadline to apply is 30 April 2023.

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Applications will be assessed as follows:

Interest in agriculture and food security


Academic achievement


Extracurricular activities


Demonstrates leadership