The Opportunity

New Minas, NS
Skilled Trades and Labour
Full-time - Permanent
$25.72 - $30.21 / hour
Competition Number: 23094

Maintenance Lead Hand
Western District
Location: New Minas, Nova Scotia
Type of Employment: Full-time, Permanent
Union Status: NSGEU Local 25
Competition # WES 23084
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

About Our Opportunity

Under the direction of the Maintenance Supervisor, the Maintenance Lead Hand is responsible to assist in carrying out the day-to-day maintenance requirements of the NSPHA to the units administered by Western District and ensure they are maintained in a good state of repair. The incumbent's main responsibility will be a working lead hand to assist other maintenance staff in actual maintenance functions when required by Maintenance Supervisor and to supervise and monitor the progress of specific jobs, oversee maintenance and painting staff, carry out inspections of NSPHA units and projects as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor and to carry out the responsibilities of the Maintenance Supervisor in their absence.

What you'll do


  • Carry out inspections of vacated units and recommend necessary work and timelines to refurbish unit in preparation for occupancy.
  • Carry out inspections of NSPHA units and buildings for the purpose of routine maintenance, major renovations, retrofit and repair programs and capital replacement programs, i.e., inspections for fire safety purposes.
  • Assign and oversee maintenance work assignments to staff including follow up to ensure that work assignments are successfully and satisfactorily completed and ensuring that maintenance work is attended to in an expeditious and economical manner.
  • Direct and inspect routine work and workmanship of contractors to ensure performance is in accordance with specifications and quality standards.
  • Initiate purchase orders and work orders for goods/services required for routine maintenance.
  • Supervise the property maintenance and janitorial services and ensure a high level of cleanliness, orderliness and safety is maintained in the assigned building(s).
  • Act as a working lead hand to perform actual maintenance duties such as but not limited to; cleaning, grounds, plumbing, carpentry, painting, repair, moving appliances for replacement, and any other such maintenance duties as directed by the Maintenance Supervisor.

What you'll need


  • Grade 12 or its equivalent plus five years' experience in building and property maintenance or related field and experience leading teams.
  • Good knowledge of building construction and maintenance repairs with specific knowledge of plumbing, carpentry, and electrical systems.
  • Good knowledge of planned maintenance procedures as well as an awareness of building codes, municipal by laws, Provincial Acts and Regulations such as Workers' Compensation Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and appropriate fire regulations and the Collective Agreement.
  • Competency with desktop applications such as Microsoft Office.
  • Possess current Emergency First Aid and WHMIS certifications.
  • Possess a valid Nova Scotia driver's license with access to a reliable vehicle for work purposes.


  • Certificate of qualification under the Apprenticeship and Tradesman's Qualifications Act of the Province of Nova Scotia or interprovincial certification (Red Seal Journeyperson certification)
  • Ability to read blueprints
  • Competency with Yardi Property Management software.

Competencies required at this level of work are Organization, Time Management, Problem Solving and Communication.

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

Communication Organization Problem Solving Time Management

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 18
Salary Range: $25.72 to $30.21
Work Week: 35 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.