Utilities Supervisor-Operator


Utilities Supervisor-Operator

Loyalist Township
Location: Odessa, Ontario
Posted: May 21st 2020
Deadline: June 1st, 2020
Salary: $85,650-$98,742 per year

Loyalist Township is recruiting for a Utilities Supervisor-Operator.

The Utilities Supervisor-Operator has the authority and responsibility for the front-line supervision of assigned township utilities operating and maintenance staff, as well as hired contractors.  Through expert knowledge and strong leadership, the Utilities Supervisor-Operator ensures the efficient operation of all township water and wastewater infrastructure, and the safe distribution of water and collection of wastewater.

Through monitoring, research and analysis this position is accountable for the collection of data including qualitative and quantitative measurements and assisting in the analysis of inspection reports and trending data related to both environmental compliance and the long-term planning and maintenance objectives of the division.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) as assigned;
  • Ensure that the assigned township’s water and wastewater treatment, collection and distribution systems are operated in accordance with current federal and provincial regulations as well as township by-laws, policies and procedures;
  • Responsible to keep records and prepare reports, allocation sheets, etc., to provide a basis for the analysis of operations in relation to the planned objectives and performance standards;
  • Be available to assist operations staff in times of emergency such as spills, backups, flooding, pipe breaks, accidents and equipment failure, during and outside of the normal working day;
  • Review records of flow histories and quality indicators for assigned facilities equipped with measuring devices and report any non-compliant issues to the Utilities Compliance Supervisor immediately;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of water and sewer systems and recommend system improvements;
  • Maintain knowledge of Ministry of Environment drinking water works permit, drinking water licence, and environmental compliance approvals, operations manuals and O&M manuals at each assigned facility and be completely familiar with all requirements of the appropriate legal documentation for all division’s facilities;
  • Ensure all staff are informed of the drinking water works permit, drinking water licence and environmental compliance approvals requirements for each assigned facility;
  • Assist divisional staff with all aspects of quality management systems;
  • Perform, assist and administer divisional preventative maintenance and capital programs as directed;
  • Achieve assigned objectives by directing and utilizing available manpower and equipment resources in the most efficient manner, according to the staff’s individual capabilities and scheduled availability of equipment;
  • Provide direct supervision of assigned utility personnel, including operators, skilled tradesmen, students, labourers, and part-time workers, by directing, coaching and monitoring the progress of work activities;
  • Ensure that the assigned contractors, staff and equipment comply with the terms of the various tender specifications, provincial regulations and township policies;
  • Encourage the development of staff skills by training, providing constructive feedback, seeking input on projects and some routine activities as deemed appropriate;
  • Participate in staff recruitment by interviewing, evaluating and recommending the hiring of personnel;
  • Provide input and recommendations and facilitate the annual performance dialogue with staff, to acknowledge strengths, recommend training to facilitate their development and partner with the manager on other performance-related matters;
  • Ensure that assigned personnel conduct all activities in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the township’s health and safety procedures manual and fulfil all the responsibilities of a competent supervisor;
  • Review, investigate and complete all necessary reports related to all accidents to assigned staff or equipment in the utilities department, and recommend remedies; administer first aid, if needed;
  • Investigate complaints or enquiries and deal with assigned staff and the public in resolving problems in the field, through personal contact;
  • Deal on a day-to-day basis, in a co-operative manner, with field personnel of other departments, utility companies, and the public;
  • Monitor programs to ensure equipment is maintained as per manufacturer's recommendations and regulatory requirements including calibrations and certifications as required; maintain records of visual inspections of assigned utility systems;
  • Participate in reviews and formulation of policies, performance standards, and procedures of the utilities department;
  • Coordinate the reading and maintenance of water meters as directed;
  • Review and comment on proposed utility installations and follow-up with regard to repair of township property as directed;
  • Assist with the implementation of projects with project scoping and design development, review of designs for broad compatibility with operations and facilitate with construction and alterations by providing and scheduling staff resources as necessary;
  • Coordinate with the Fleet Maintenance Supervisor to ensure divisional motor vehicles are registered and insured and that operational permits are obtained and ensure that assigned motor vehicles and other equipment receive proper maintenance and are kept in a presentable condition;
  • Provide background information to assist in budget preparation and manage annual operating and capital budgets;
  • Prepare simple request for quotations and assist in the preparation of request for proposals and tenders, follow township procurement bylaw and ensure required WSIB, insurance documents and health and safety documents are obtained for all external contractors. Participate in the request for proposal evaluations and the ability to utilize township procurement software (ie: Bonfire).
  • Create and maintain service requests by utilizing the corporate township operations management software (OMS)
  • Represent the township at the examination for discovery or court sessions involving insurance or other claims, if requested;
  • Perform operational duties, as assigned;
  • Successful completion of post-secondary education in related environmental studies, or a combination of experience and licensing (minimum Level II License in water and wastewater);
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of municipal water and wastewater works;
  • Possess valid water and wastewater operator’s certificates as issued under Ontario Regulations 128/04 and 129/04, with a minimum standing of Class II certificates for both water and wastewater treatment, and Class II certificates in water distribution and wastewater collection;
  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience in a unionized environment is preferred;
  • Required to obtain and maintain satisfactory CPIC (criminal record check);
  • Required to possess and maintain valid Class G driver’s licence with a clean driving record.

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge Required:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively schedule and supervise field personnel in the daily operation of all utilities division’s systems as assigned;
  • Must have knowledge of and comply with all acts and regulations that pertain to water and wastewater treatment, as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) at a supervisory level;
  • Experience as an Overall Responsible Operator (ORO);
  • Experience in municipal water and sewer construction;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully, orally and in writing;
  • Must possess the proven ability to read and review technical drawings and designs to assess system upgrades as determined by consultants; evaluate proposals for upgrades and their integration and impact on existing facilities;
  • Accurately record pertinent data, maintain complete logbook(s);
  • The ability to problem-solve, adapt and effectively handle multiple demands and conflicting priorities;
  • Strong conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation skills;
  • Strong computer skills for use of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), Word, Excel, and web-based applications;
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to maintain strong working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Have a strong sense of initiative;
  • A strong understanding of risk assessment and risk management;
  • Ability to make accurate and timely decisions under stressful conditions;
  • Exercise discretion and confidentiality with respect to sensitive information and data.
Additional Information

Deadline: June 1, 2020.

The work is considered heavy in nature and involves walking, standing, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, crawling, reaching, and constantly lifting, pushing or raising objects, exerting between 35 to 50 pounds of force on a recurring basis and 100 pounds of force on a frequent basis.

This role is required to work in various and changing weather conditions that include but is not limited to; snow, rain, hot and cold temperatures and wind. This role is also required to work in a location with exposure to sensory elements including; biomaterial and chemical smells, various types of sharp hazards found in sanitary sewage, working in various residential settings.

Contact Information
Loyalist Township
Odessa, Ontario, Canada

Email: jobs@loyalist.ca
Website: www.loyalist.ca
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