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Job shadowing is an opportunity to observe and follow an employee through their daily work routine. Job shadowing is completely hands- off, involves observation only and depending on the position this is for the shadowing can be 1-3 days. During job shadowing, a participant will gain insight of the everyday duties and job functions of the department or unit within Nova Scotia Health. 


Eastern Zone  
902-567-7782 ext. 1412075
Northern Zone 
902-893-5554 ext. 42501
902-667-5400 ext. 6237
902-752-7600 ext. 1102
Western Zone
902-365-1701 Ext 3425
Central Zone

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to job shadow one of our employees, you must submit an online application prior to the requested date of the job shadowing.

Before job shadowing, you must provide:

Please note:

  • Existing employees who would like an opportunity to job shadow should contact their existing manager and the manager of the specific area.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does job shadowing differ from the student/learner 

Job shadowing is completely hands-off, involves observation only and can last for one to three days if applicable to the opportunity. The main purpose of a job shadowing is to explore career opportunities within a department or unit at Nova Scotia Health.

A Student/Learner Placement can be a paid or unpaid, clinical, or non- clinical placement for post-secondary students (except medical students) in facilities throughout Nova Scotia Health. These placements typically last for many weeks at a time and give post- secondary students hands-on experience in their field of study. 

Who can job shadow?

Generally, those who fall into the following two categories are 
considered eligible:

  • You are currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an academic program that requires the completion of job shadow experience; 
  • You are looking at exploring job opportunities.

What are the requirements prior to participating in a job 
shadowing experience?

The requirements for applicant are as follows: 

You must submit an online application prior to the request date of the job shadowing. 

Before job shadowing, you must complete and sign the below forms.

All documents listed above must be submitted prior to the requested  date of job shadowing.

I have completed all of the requirements for participating in a job shadowing experience. Where do I send my completed application and documents?

Applications are to be completed online. The online form will be sent to the Human Resources team based on the Zone provided on the form.

To request an accommodation or for inquiries with respect to accessibility, please contact the Human Resource Department for the area the form was submitted

Can I job shadow any person or area within Nova Scotia Health 

Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Depending on operational requirements, requests may or may not be accepted.Applications should indicate the rationale behind the request for the specific area.

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