VWRC Operator I





Competition #:       43-COV-21

Closing Date:         Internal applicants – April 14, 2021

                                External applicants – April 21, 2021

Rate of Pay:           $32.07 per hour (as per CUPE, Local 626, Vernon Civic Employees Collective Agreement)

Band:                      6 – Schedule B (as per CUPE, Local 626, Vernon Civic Employees Collective Agreement)   

Days/Hours:           Days vary, 40 hours per week

Reporting to the Manager, Vernon Water Reclamation Centre, (VWRC) this position operates, maintains and repairs equipment, analyzes data and recommends remedial action.  This position also performs janitorial, ground, and general housekeeping duties pertaining to the VWRC and irrigation works.

Duties include:

  • Operates, monitors and maintains equipment used at the VWRC and irrigation works.
  • Makes chemical adjustments as required.
  • Performs janitorial, ground maintenance and general housekeeping tasks.
  • Completes material purchases in accordance with established procedures (limits etc.).
  • Performs basic water sampling and analysis and records results in accordance with established procedures.
  • Generates preventative and corrective maintenance work orders in accordance with established procedures.
  • Records and enters data into a data base and/or other computer generated file.
  • Provides support in major repair or maintenance work.
  • Monitors chlorine use and changes chlorine tanks in accordance with established procedures.
  • Required to be on standby when assigned, responds to call outs and takes corrective action as required.
  • Operates the SCADA system terminal, identifies irregularities and takes corrective action. 
  • Conducts tours of the facility and answers questions of tour participants (public).
  • Completes work in compliance with the City of Vernon safety policies and WCB regulations.
  • Performs other related work as assigned.
  • All persons employed by the City of Vernon will be required to assist the City in providing emergency services.  Duties assigned during an emergency may differ from regular duties.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • One or more years working in water reclamation operations, maintenance, related support systems and/or irrigation works.
  • BC Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) Level I Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (MWWTP) Certification.
  • BC EOCP Chlorine Handlers Certificate or Chlorination Course through WET (Water Engineering Technology program) or equivalent.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License, Class  5.
  • WHIMS.
  • Level I First Aid.
  • A combination of related education and experience may be considered.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • All materials, tools, and equipment used in the operation and maintenance of the water reclamation centre, irrigation works, and related facilities.
  • SCADA computers, PC’s, related software, and general office equipment.
  • Basic knowledge of the principals, methods, equipment, and materials used in the water reclamation centre and irrigation works. 
  • Ability to communicate information and/or work direction from oral and written instructions.
  • A mechanical aptitude and ability.
  • Ability to read drawings and equipment manuals.
  • Physically capable of performing the duties of the position.
  • Basic understanding of SCADA systems. 
  • Ability to use a SCBA and required to pass a fit test consistent with manufacturers specifications.
  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to undertake additional training relating to the duties of the position including progress towards a MWWT II Certification.
  • Completion of 30 Continuing Education Units.
  • Maintains technical currency relative to wastewater treatment and related ancillary equipment.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Water Quality Technology Diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of 60 Continuing Education Units. 
  • Three or more years progressive experience and responsibility in water reclamation operations, maintenance, related support systems and irrigation works.
  • BC EOCP Level II MWWT Operators Certification.
How to Apply: 

Please submit your resume, quoting the appropriate competition number to:  Human Resources, City of Vernon, using one of the following methods:

  • Online at www.vernon.ca (In MS Word or PDF Format) or
  • By Fax:  (250) 550-3551

Internal applicants are asked to complete the Internal Application Form located on Jostle and forward this along with a resume.

By making application, you are authorizing the City of Vernon to verify, through whatever means deemed appropriate, any information included in your applicant profile.

The City of Vernon wishes to thank all applicants; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please!