Assistant Utility Operator / Labourer

Competition Number: 22140

Job Title: Assistant Utility Operator / Labourer

Department: Engineering - Public Works - Support Services

Position Type: Multiple Casual Positions (CUPE Local 2011)

Salary: $28.60 Labourer or $29.90 Assistant Utility Operator plus 13% in lieu of benefits

Posted Date: April 13, 2022

Last Modified: April 13, 2022, 3:21 pm

Status: Open Until Filled


The District of Saanich’s Support Services is seeking multiple Assistant Utility Operators for hands on physical work assisting the Utility Operators with the installation and repair of the Water systems.  The successful candidates will assist with live tapping of watermains as well as assist with work on the potable water systems.  Assistant Utility Operators understand and follow best management practices to maintain water quality.  This work requires versatility, heavy lifting, and manual dexterity.

When not working as the Assistant Operations Worker the base position is a Casual Labourer as part of the Public Works call list.  This means that the successful candidate may also be required to work as a Labourer for other sections, subject to qualifications of individuals and operational requirements.  This organizational structure will be clarified further for any individuals who are selected for an interview. 

Requirements for Assistant Utility Operator include: Grade 12 or equivalent; EOCP O.I.T. (Operator in Training) Certification for Wastewater Collection or Water Distribution is an asset; six months of pipefitting experience in creeks and waterways and wastewater systems; Traffic Control Certificate; Occupational First Aid Level I Certification; valid Class 3 BC Driver’s Licence with Air Brake Endorsement; annual renewal for Driver’s Abstract; must work in close proximity or in actual contact with raw sewage and have sufficient physical strength, stamina and coordination to permit performance of heavy manual work in all types of weather.  Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

As successful candidates may be required to work as a Labourer for other sections, experience/skill/certification and ability in the following areas would also be beneficial:  pipefitting water work and/or wastewater; operating backhoe; working in riparian areas including restoration and spills containment; water meter reading. 

The successful candidates will work various shifts between Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and must be able to work outside in all types of weather.

Important Information:

The District of Saanich has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to help keep our employees and community safe. The requirement remains in effect until April 8, 2022 after which, the policy will be suspended. It is important to know that the requirement may be reinstated and unvaccinated employees may not be able to work. In order for the District to respond to any changing vaccination requirements for staff, we request that you verify your COVID-19 vaccination status with us during your first week of employment.