Why Work for the District of Saanich?

Competitive Wages and Benefits

Collective bargaining and our own market research ensure that our wages remain competitive.

We also offer several benefits. These benefits vary based on your position:

  • BC Medical Services Plan
  • Extended Health Care, Dental Plan, Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Municipal Pension Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Paid Vacation Time
  • The ability to contribute to an RRSP, buy Canada Savings Bonds and pay for your property taxes and recreation pass through payroll deduction

 Four unions or associations represent our staff:

Robust Learning and Development Program

We help you pay for courses to help you improve on the job or advance in an identified, approved career path with us.

Saanich Corporate Culture

Our culture holds true to our motto, “Populo Serviendo”. This is Latin for “Serving the People”. We value our employees with:

  • good working conditions
  • the option for flexible work
  • support for family and personal needs
  • a formal banquet each year to celebrate our long-service employees

A Range of Career Opportunities

We have about 1,500 employees working in nine departments and 11 locations in Saanich.

Types of Employment

Auxiliary

On-call and casual work. Hours tend to be irregular with no set schedule. Auxiliaries can also cover vacation and sick relief for regular employees.    

Regular

Permanent full-time or part-time work. Usually for set hours every week. 

Students 

We offer co-operative work terms in our Engineering, Corporate Services and Finance departments. These terms typically last three to four months. You must be enrolled in a full-time post secondary education program to apply for co-op postings.

Temporary  

Typically, these are backfill for a regular employee who is off work for an extended period of time.

Career Groups

Administrative

Staff who provide general office assistance. They are responsible for Bylaw, Finance, Engineering, Legislative Services, Parks and Recreation and Planning. 

Fire Fighters 

Fire fighters respond to emergencies where life, property or the environment is at risk. They also perform non-emergency routine duties.  

Labourers and Skilled Tradespeople  

Employees who maintain our city streets, parks, utilities and infrastructure. This is manual work requiring agility and physical effort. May call for competence at the certified journeyman level. 

Professionals 

Employees who have strong technical, leadership and management skills. They support and guide the programs and services we deliver to residents. 

Police

Police constables perform a wide range of duties. This includes public service, protecting life and property, preventing and investigating crime and enforcing law.

Recreation  

These staff lead camps and deliver public programs. See the Saanich Active Living Guide for examples.