Legal Services Technician

  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jul 31, 2019
Full time Law Clerk Legal Assistant Legal Support Legal Secretary

Job Description

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Lands and Forestry is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province.


About Our Opportunity


As the Legal Services Technician, you will be responsible for researching and analyzing legal documents and historical records for data used to establish title history for Crown lands. This includes accurate and timely preparation of Crown lands research reports and recommendations. You will interpret Grants, petitions, certificates of title, leases, letters of authority, and other pertinent land transaction documents as well as aerial photos, maps and plans.


You will also assist the public, genealogists, historians, museums, archaeologists, lawyers, land surveyors, personnel from other government departments and Lands and Forestry staff, in relation to inquiries about Crown land records. You will provide copies of requested documents and be responsible for processing payments for research requests.

This position reports to the Supervisor of Research and Records Management for the Crown Lands Information Management Centre.


About You


This position requires the successful completion of a two-year paralegal technology course from a recognized institution. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.


You must be familiar with and/or have a working knowledge of the following:


  • Applicable legislation including the Crown Lands Act and the Land Registration Act as well as relevant policies and procedures;
  • Common Law;
  • Land registration systems (both Registry of Deeds and the Land Registration); and,
  • Municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions and responsibilities pertaining to land.


You should also have a good understanding of legal descriptions, aerial photos, geographic information systems, records management as well as knowledge or an understanding of survey plans and maps.

You must be a strong communicator (both verbally and in writing) and able to work in a team environment.  You need a strong working knowledge of computer technology, specifically Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet and spreadsheet databases.  Experience in the administration of government land holdings will be considered an asset.  Understanding of cultural diversity, creating a diverse workforce and experience in promoting cultural diversity in the work place will also be considered an asset.


Other Considerations


This is a term opporutntiy with an anticipated end date of September 1, 2020; however the position status (“term”, “temporary” or “casual”)  is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.



Pay Grade:  TE 13 - TE 19  


Salary Range:  $1,432.99 - $2,079.69 Bi-Weekly


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).



If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this clear legal job board link:





Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  



External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal 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 the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.



Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.



We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


Practice Area(s)

legal sevices


2+ years