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GIS Asset Specialist Intern – Bridging the Gap Program

Halifax Regional Municipality

  • Posted on: June 11, 2021

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Come start your career here!

Our Bridging the Gap program offers paid 18-month internships for new grads interested in a career in municipal public service. The program provides training, development, and on-the-job experience for candidates that have graduated within the last 24 months.

We are inviting applications for the 18-month term position of GIS Asset Specialist Intern in Parks, Parks and Recreation. This is a NSUPE bargaining unit position. We encourage applications from African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

The Bridging the Gap Program is designed to provide experiential learning and maximum professional exposure to interns in their chosen field of study while exploring the benefits of working for the municipality. Over the course of the internship, candidates will learn about government policy, operations, administration, services, and planning in a collaborative and supportive environment.  Bridging the Gap interns make a difference in our community and organization!

The Parks service area is committed to supporting Regional Council priorities through capital construction, operation and maintenance services for all parks, open spaces, sports fields, courts, playgrounds, green spaces, and splash pads. HRM maintains a large number of parks and outdoor facilities, and it continues to increase the amount annually. Currently, HRM owns 922 parks, 325 sports fields/ ballfields and 407 playgrounds which exceeds other benchmarked municipalities. There is now an opportunity to categorize and record current condition of park assets through the development of a right sizing and capital replacement model considering  asset and lifecycle management principles as a key deliverable in Parks and Recreation.

Reporting to the Director of Parks, the GIS Asset Specialist Intern will collaborate with other members of the Parks and Recreation team to develop a more efficient and systematic way to record all data in the repair, replacement and maintenance of assets within our parks and open spaces. This is in a response to a desire to take a more deliberate and strategic approach to park asset and lifecycle management and adopting a quality over quantity approach.


  • Collaborate with staff to support the completion of the inventory of assets owned and/or maintained by Parks.
  • Collaborate with staff to input current park assets and conditions of park assets into Enterprise Asset Management Asset Registry database;
  • Assist the Parks division in developing park asset data maintenance guidelines;
  • Assist with research, data collection and analysis to assess parkland priorities;
  • Assist in refining existing and developing new policies, standards, procedures to help guide decision making and prioritization for park development, lifecycle renewal and rationalization of the portfolio of municipal parks.

Education and Experience:

  • Recent graduate with a two-year diploma or degree in Geomatics from a recognized institution.
  • To be eligible for the internship, candidates must have graduated within the last 24 months or be confirmed to graduate in June 2021 from a recognized or legally authorized university or community college.
  • Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada at time of application and maintain this status for the duration of 18-month term.
  • We value non-traditional experience and candidates are encouraged to outline in their application any student leadership, volunteering, extra-curricular, or community-based experience they possess.
  • Preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated an interest in public policy or government administration

Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability and expert skills with a variety of Esri products, such as ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop, and ArcGIS Pro
  • Demonstrated knowledge of using, maintaining and managing spatial data

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

HRM takes the health and safety of its job applicants and employees seriously.  Where possible, recruitment testing and interviews will be done by way of phone, video conference, or other virtual means to assist with and encourage social distancing. For applicants with concerns about computer or internet access or to request another accommodation to the recruitment process, please contact your HR representative or jobs@halifax.ca.

COMPETENCIES:  ​ Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Values and Ethics, Valuing Diversity, Stewardship of Resources

WORK STATUS: Term 18 months, NSUPE Local 13 union

HOURS OF WORK: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 35 hours per week

SALARY: $40,000 per year

WORK LOCATION:  11 Turner Drive, Dartmouth, NS.  Some travel to the offices in Alderney Landing in Dartmouth may be required.

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on June 22, 2021.

This is a bargaining unit position. External applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified bargaining unit candidates

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

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