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Summer Jobs in Nova Scotia

The Job Market for Canadian Students

By: Jessica Segal

The net has many resources for students seeking summer employment in Atlantic Canada and also specific to Nova Scotia. Read on for some useful resources to begin or expand your search.

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Nova Scotia Student Employment

General Search Tips
If you already have an idea of the type of employment you’re seeking this summer, or maybe you’d like to explore what options are out there, try using a site with recent job postings. Career Beacon has extensive coverage of Atlantic Canada including the province of Nova Scotia listed by city and also by career category. Searching on this site is extremely user-friendly.

Similarly, Randstat is a Canadian website for jobs and careers that may be useful for students seeking employment. From full-time to temporary positions, the site is easy to navigate and up-to-date with current job openings in many cities across Nova Scotia.

The government of Nova Scotia gears many of their summer employment options to benefit current university and college students. The Student Employment Program (SEP) under the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism is designed to encourage employers to hire students based on wage incentives. Eligible students must have full-time enrolment status in a post-secondary institution and be returning to their studies in the fall.

The Nova Scotia government also promotes the Student Career Skills Development Program (SCSDP) in which careers are created with not-for-profit organization partners. Student guidelines and other information are available in PDF form on the website.

Other programs with the government include Career Starts an employment program offering paid work experience for students of all ages as well as recent graduates.

The Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations (ANSSA) is offering a great job for students who love to research. The Researcher/Organizer position from May to August is designed for a student with strong research skills and one who enjoys analyzing data. More details on the site.

Nova Scotia's department of Labour and Workforce Development has a Youth Apprenticeship program for high school students to work part-time in a trade after school or during the summer.

Nova Scotia's department of Labour and Advanced Education supports Youth Apprenticeships for students between 16 and 19 who want to work part or full-time in a designated trade. Youth apprentices can earn money for their work while they are still in school and prepare themselves for a future career in the skilled trades.

The summer allows students plenty of time to combine paid work with volunteering. For one, students may be interested in volunteering with the Nova Scotia SPCA, an adoption and advocacy agency for animals and household pets. Work directly with the animals at the shelter or join their fundraising efforts.

Students at the Dalhousie University can take part in their exchange opportunities whereby students study abroad at a partner institution and still pay only Dalhousie tuition fees. Universities abroad are located all over the world in partnership with Dalhousie.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency supports the Seed Capital Program which provides loans for small businesses to get off the ground as well as business skills training. Applicants must be under the age of 35 and residence of Atlantic Canada. For more information on the loans, consult the website.

Camp Jobs
The Camping Association of Nova Scotia features a job postings page for prospective camp staff in Nova Scotia and PEI. They list accredited and non-accredited camps as well as information about events. The site is a great resource for working at camps in Nova Scotia.

My Summer Camps is useful if you want to browse summer camps by city in the province of Nova Scotia.

Environmental Jobs
The Shell Conservation Internship Program has a Stewardship Mapping Intern position available for a period of 16 to 24 weeks over the summer months. Students must be enrolled in or recent graduates of university of college in the field of environmental sciences. The internship is a chance for students to jumpstart their career in the field of environmental conservation and sustainability.

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