20 Cool Public Sector Careers

Public Sector Jobs that Pay

20 Cool Public Sector Careers

By Brandon Miller
Monster Contributing Writer
 
Who doesn’t want to work in the public sector? Great benefits, high salaries, guaranteed vacations and controlled work hours? Sign me up!
 
But since government jobs can sometimes seem like a bit of a bore, here’s a list that proves not all public sector jobs are alike. Here is a list of public service jobs you should consider applying to.
 
Job: Internet and New Media Officer Jobs
Government Level: Federal
Department: Parks Canada Agency
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Salary: $54,676 - $58,912 per year
Main responsibilities: Provide quality control and maintenance of Web site; lead projects and manage team; work to support the development, review, approval and posting of Web content.
 
Government Level: Federal
Department: Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Salary: $47,318 - $56,782 per year
Main Responsibilities: Carry out 2D and 3D design tasks for exhibitions and special events; design and coordinate projects from inception up to installation; prepare plans for production drawings and final renderings.
 
Government Level: Federal
Department: Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Salary: $61,350 - $74,660 per year
Main Responsibilities: Ensure an alert service and point of contact to CSIS employees; coordinate the review and analysis of information and responses for special incidents.
 
Government Level: Federal
Department: Fisheries and Oceans
Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia
Salary: $52,225 to $65,538 per year
Main Responsibilities: Manage an experimental facility for scientific studies; keep a balanced budget and maintenance program; ensure consistency in standards; develop and conduct research; gather and review data.
 
Government Level: Federal
Department: Correctional Service of Canada
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Salary: $64,097 - $72,972 per year
Main Responsibilities: Oversee staff of Registered Nurses; provided clinical treatment and expertise.
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Manitoba Health
Location: Selkirk, Manitoba
Salary: $14.49 - $16.37 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Provide supervision and guidance to patients; assist with physical care and comfort in daily activities, therapy and recreational endeavors.
 
Job: Senior Gaming Analyst
Government Level: Provincial
Department: New Brunswick Department of Public Safety
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick
Salary: $51,194 - $71,474 per year
Main Responsibilities: Assist with staff management and make sure deadlines are met; plan, develop and deliver policies and procedures; make recommendations; inspect the electronic and mechanical components of equipment.
 
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Salary: $31,185 – $33,945 per year
Main Responsibilities: Develop and deliver programs to enhance the experience at the Museum of Natural History, including school, outreach and public programs; maintain the museum’s collection of plants and animals; respond to public enquiries; contribute to the strategic and operational planning of the museum.
 
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Good and Rural Affairs
Location: Emo, Ontario
Salary: $1,103.51 - $1,346.64 per week
Main Responsibilities: Provide meat inspection services; ensure compliance of the Food Services Act; regulate meat on the front lines of slaughter plants.
 
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Location: London, Ontario
Salary: $1,312.90 - $1,616.38 per week
Main Responsibilities: Evaluate the impact of contaminated sites and industrial spills; investigate groundwater quality complaints and provide expert testimony at legal proceedings; carry out field investigations; analyze data and publish reports.
 
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Location: North York, Ontario
Salary: $73,689 - $95,724 per year
Main Responsibilities: Impart expert advice on the health risks associated with toxic agents; support the development of public health protocols; conduct reviews and analysis of scientific literature; prepare toxicology reports; make presentations for stakeholders; respond to inquiries and complaints.
 
Job: Graduate Scholarship Officer
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Salary: $28.53 - $33.13 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Review applications for bursaries, grants, scholarships and awards; verify applicant eligibility; provide advice and information for students, professors, universities and government employees; coordinate the distribution of student files; implement program and procedure changes.
 
Job: Liquor Commission Manager
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Prince Edward Island Liquor Control Commission
Location: Alberton, Prince Edward Island
Salary: $22.22 - $26.44 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Manage the day-to-day operations of a retail liquor outlet; maintain administration of the Liquor Control Act and related policies; Train and supervise staff.
 
Job: Preschool Autism Specialist
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Prince Edward Island Education and Early Childhood Development
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Salary: $26.17 - $32.70 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Develop, implement and monitor behavioural interventions; provide leadership and support for faculty; complete curriculum assessments and design developmentally sequenced goals; write and update individual plans and participate in group training sessions.

Job: Air Monitoring Technologist
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Salary: $25,775 - $32,300
Main Responsibilities: Design, conduct and operate regional air monitoring programs; carry out surveys to evaluate air quality; research and implement current scientific methods.
 
Job: Mining Lands Officer
Government Level: Provincial
Department: Yukon Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Salary: $58,651 - $67,619 per year
Main Responsibilities: Coordinate the mining land use application process; advise and assist for the acquisition and security of mineral title to the mining community; process and evaluate recommendations for the acceptance or rejection of applications.
 
Government Level: Municipal
Department: Public Health – Niagara Region
Location: Welland, Ontario
Salary: $26.79 - $33.15 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Provide home visits to at-risk children; administer support and monitor the development of infants; develop programs and connect families with required services.
 
Government Level: Municipal
Department: infrastructure Services Department of the City of Greater Sudbury
Location: Sudbury, Ontario
Salary: $26.07 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Prune trees and clear deadwood and overhanging branches; treat damaged or diseased trees and secure split joints; remove fallen trees from roads and administer insecticides; plant and nurture trees.
 
Job: Motorized Equipment Mechanic
Government Level: Municipal
Department: City of Westmount Public Works Department
Location: Westmount, Quebec
Salary: $27.69 per hour
Main Responsibilities: Inspect and adjust mechanical components; maintain mechanical components and accessories and repair when needed; diagnose major causes of malfunction.
 
Government Level: Municipal
Department: City of Calgary Water Resources/Strategic Services
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Salary: $74,077 - $111,849 per year
Main Responsibilities: Develop strategies and plans to protect watersheds in the Bow Basin; implement recommendations and plans for the protection of riparian areas; provide aid in the development of regional stormwater drainage solutions and plans; participate in urban water management.
 
Three tips for finding a spiffy public sector job:
  1. Look everywhere. Don’t just think federally. Interesting and well-paid government jobs can be found in all levels of public service.
  2. Maintain your language skills. Bilingualism is a huge asset for jobs in the public service. It’s often even a necessity.
  3. Be versatile on location. Some of the brightest jobs are hiding away in the tiniest cities. Being open to any relocation is a colossal advantage.