Waterfront Custodians – Halifax Waterfront

Seasonal Opportunity

About Develop Nova Scotia

Develop Nova Scotia is a Nova Scotia Provincial Crown Corporation that contributes to economic growth by developing key waterfront properties in Nova Scotia to maximize their economic impact. We plan, develop, program and manage this land in partnership with private businesses and public sector partners. The revenue generated through these partnerships is reinvested in waterfront infrastructure for the public and to create new platforms for business that support high potential sectors in our economy. 

Develop Nova Scotia invites applications for the term position of Waterfront Custodian based on the Halifax waterfront. The successful candidate will join a forward thinking, creative team with a true passion for their work.

Reporting to the Maintenance Manager, or designate, the Waterfront Custodians are the face of Develop Nova Scotia on the ground, working to enhance property presentation and cleanliness, assisting with special events, providing information to visitors, and other duties as required. Ultimately, Waterfront Custodians work to ensure all visitors enjoy a world-class waterfront experience each time they visit.

Please visit www.developns.ca for more details on Develop Nova Scotia's mandate and programs.

The goal of Develop Nova Scotia is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens they serve. Develop Nova Scotia is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from Aboriginal persons, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible persons, persons with disabilities, and women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. Members of these groups are encouraged to apply and may self-identify through their application materials if they wish.

Closes: April 16th, 2020, 2:00 PM (AST)

Job Description: 

This position is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and presentation of the Halifax waterfront and its key infrastructure is maintained to a high standard. As a front-line staff representing Develop Nova Scotia, this position requires an individual with excellent customer service skills and an engaging personality. As a member of a small team, the position also requires a high degree of co-operation with other members of the staff and the ability to work independently.

Education: High School or equivalent required.

Compensation: $13.00 to $15.00 per hour (commensurate with experience), 35 hours/week

Term:  May 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020 with the possibility of extension through October 31, 2020 if available. Day, evening and weekend shift work required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Property Cleanliness: Ensuring the cleanliness and presentation of the Halifax waterfront and its key infrastructure is maintained to a high standard. The Waterfront Custodian is primarily responsible for the collection of litter and debris as well as the servicing and maintenance of waste receptacles along the waterfront on a daily basis. The Waterfront Custodian is also responsible for monitoring the cleanliness and presentation of Develop Nova Scotia's public rest rooms in Salt Yard, supplementing the third-party contracted cleaning service. The Waterfront Custodians will also conduct minor landscaping and grass cutting, painting, maintenance, pressuring washing and other duties as required.

Events: The Waterfront Custodian will support events on the waterfront by assisting with setup, maintenance and teardown as required.

Communication/Customer Service: Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. This position can often be the first point of contact for visitors to the waterfront by land and sea. As such, the position is responsible for:

  • Communicating effectively with visitors, responding to questions, proactively promoting events, attractions and activities; and
  • Providing an enthusiastic, friendly information resource on the waterfront.


  • Flexibility in scheduling required, including availability for weekend and evening work;
  • Extensive walking and physical labour are parts of this job, both indoors and outdoors, and in varying weather conditions;
  • Valid Driver's License preferred but not required;
  • Valid standard first aid certificate an asset;
  • Experience in landscaping, light carpentry, painting and general maintenance an asset;
  • Experience driving with a trailer an asset;
  • A passion for the waterfront is essential.

Return Resumes to: 

Attention: Heather Russell
Email: careers@developns.ca

Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

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