Utility Locator

Competition Number: 22062

Job Title: Utility Locator

Department: Engineering - Public Works

Position Type: Temporary Full Time - Up to 2 years or until Return of Incumbent (CUPE Local 2011)

Salary: $33.11/hr and an excellent benefits package

Posted Date: February 16, 2022

Last Modified: March 28, 2022, 3:35 pm

Status: Open Until Filled


Saanich Public Works is seeking a Utility Locator to perform work requiring skill and ability in the locating and marking of a variety of underground utilities to prevent damage during ground disturbance activities for maintenance, repair and capital projects.  This position directs the work of the Underground Clerk and field staff in tracing, locating and day-lighting buried utilities.  Other duties will involve: reading and interpreting plans, as-builts/record drawings, survey information, reports and environmental cues; operating a variety of locating equipment including electromagnetic locating equipment, ground penetrating radar and metal detectors and liaising with both internal and external agencies on job sites to ensure buried utilities are accurately marked and provide ground disturbance related information.

Requirements include: Grade 12 or equivalent and additional courses in plan reading and underground utility locating; NULCA (National Utility Locating Contractors Association) certification or approved equivalent; two years of experience working in a public works construction environment, including one year of experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings and locating buried infrastructure; valid traffic control certificate, and a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence. Sufficient health, physical conditioning, strength, stamina and coordination to permit performance of work including lifting utility lids which can range between 13 lbs and 100 lbs. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. 

The successful candidate will be required to work during the hours of Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  (40 hours per week).

*Testing will be conducted*

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.


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