The Opportunity

Sydney, NS
$18.24 - $20.06 / hour
Competition Number: 24092

Grounds Person
Cape Breton District
Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Type of Employment: Full-Time, Seasonal up to 5 months
Union Status: CUPE Local 4840
Competition # CB 24092
Closing Date: July 10, 2024

About Our Opportunity

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, Grounds Person is to provide grounds care services while adhering to the standards and practices established by Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency. This includes maintenance of the grounds to provide safe and visually appealing property surroundings.

What you'll do


  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness, orderliness and safety in the assigned area(s).
  • Ensure that exteriors and public entrances are safe and clean.
  • Paint parking lots, sheds, railings, foundations, basements, fences.
  • Perform winter snow and ice clearance duties such as but not limited to, salting or shoveling of snow from steps, landings, emergency exits, ramps and walkways as assigned.
  • Operate motorized equipment such as snow blowers, small tractors, lawn mowers, salt spreaders, etc.
  • Prepare soil, plants flowerbeds, trees, bushes etc., prunes trees and shrubs, grass cutting, hedge trimming, and other general landscaping duties as required.
  • Complete work orders and material requisitions as required.

What you'll need


  • Grade 12 or high school equivalent plus two years' related experience.
  • Ability to operate equipment and tools related to ground maintenance appropriately and safely.
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety.
  • Ability to perform tasks in a safe manner according to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education and NSPHA safety standards and policies.
  • Possess interpersonal skills to deal with co-workers, tenants, contractors and vendors, other departments, and the public in a positive, tactful, courteous and cooperative manner.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as in a team environment.
  • Possess a valid Nova Scotia driver's license with access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.


  • Possess current Emergency First Aid and WHMIS certifications.

Competencies required at this level of work are Communication, Safety Minded, Attention to Detail, and Team Oriented.

If you are a team player, who is passionate about improving the lives of Nova Scotians, you are the candidate we are looking for to join our team. We will assess qualifications using one of more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks. Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. Checks may include one or more of the following: criminal background checks, driver's abstract, and confirmation of education credentials.


An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.

We're looking for

Core Skills

ACE Employment Maintenance Plants Safety

A little bit about us

Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency

Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency (NSPHA) is the provincial government agency responsible for the administration and delivery of affordable housing solutions for low-income Nova Scotians.

We contribute to the prosperity of Nova Scotia by helping individuals and families find a home that's right for them, at a price they can afford, in a healthy and vibrant community that offers the services, support and opportunities they need. We accomplish this by working closely with other levels of government as well as private and community partners.

Across its districts, NSPHA provides more than 11,200 safe, affordable homes as part of its Housing Services to seniors and families. District offices manage the day-to-day operations of Nova Scotia's housing stock. Their responsibilities include administering tenant applications and placements, collecting rent, resolving tenant issues, and maintaining and repairing properties.

Are you interested?

Work With Us

Based on the employment status, eligibility and union agreement, the NSPHA 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 and flexible working schedules.

Classification: TE 05
Salary Range: $18.24 - $20.06 hourly
Work Week: 40 hours

Note: This is not a Civil Service position.

We are committed to employing staff who are representative of the diverse community we serve. If you are a member of one or more of the following designated groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your cover letter or resume: 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 application.

To Apply

Please merge your cover letter and resume into one document when applying. In the cover letter or resume, please quote the competition number and name.

Our preferred method of applying is through Career Beacon.

Submissions must be received by Midnight on the closing date. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.