Careers with Natural Resources - Forest Technician

Opportunity, challenge, and personal growth.... a great place to live your career!

Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding job? Would you like to be part of the team protecting Nova Scotia's natural resources? Do you enjoy nature, working outdoors, and sharing your knowledge with others? Career opportunities await you at the Nova Scotia DNR!

As a steward overseeing Crown lands, you will be responsible for their sustainable management - monitoring the compliance of forest sustainability regulations; preventing and supressing forest fires; conducting biological surveys on wildlife, insects, and diseases; and operating our Provincial Parks.

Forest Technician QualificationsForest Technicians

To apply for Forest Technician positions at DNR you must meet minimum educational requirements and submit a copy of your course transcript.

Applicants must also demonstrate a sound knowledge of:

  • Forest resource management
  • Forest fire prevention measures
  • Forest fire suppression
  • Tree and wildlife management

To support these qualifications, the following are considered core courses:

  • Communications
  • Dendrology/Plant Identification
  • Ecology
  • Electronic data processing
  • Forest Mensuration
  • Forest Protection
  • Forest Soils/Hydrology
  • GIS/GPS/Compass and Navigation
  • Multiple Use of Forest Lands
  • Photogrammetry
  • Silviculture
  • Statistics
  • Wildlife

Who should apply?
DNR recognizes graduates from those schools and programs accredited by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). Schools in Atlantic Canada include The Maritime College of Forest Technology and The College of the North Atlantic. A complete list of approved programs can be found at:

Graduates of the following two-year Natural Resources related technical diploma program at the following schools can also be considered for Forest Technician positions:

Forest TechnicianGetting started:
Permanent Forest Technician positions are restricted to NSGEU bargaining unit employees. However, there are several permanent seasonal opportunities which enable technicians to gain valuable work experience when vacancies exist, there may be the opportunity to apply to permanent forest technician competitions as an internal candidate.

When vacancies exist, competitions for seasonal Fire Crews, seasonal Park Staff and seasonal Helitack Crews are held annually.

Where to apply?
To learn about current career opportunities, visit: