Operator – Water and/or Wasterwater


DEPARTMENT: Environmental Services Department
BRANCH: Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring Branch
Salary: $29.90 to $32.50 per hour
LOCATION: 380 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket
STATUS: Casual/On-Call
SCHEDULED WEEKLY HOURS: As Required and Varied SCHEDULED SHIFTS: As Required and Varied
This is a Replacement Union position – CUPE Local 905 (York Region Unit)


Reporting to the Supervisor, Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring, and under the day-to-day work direction of the Senior Team Lead, performs operations and maintenance activities supporting the optimal operation of pumping stations, ground water systems, water/wastewater treatment plants, associated booster stations and the distribution system to meet Provincial Acts and Regulations and Regional standards. 



• Performs operations and maintenance activities supporting the optimal operation of ground water systems, water treatment plants, associated booster stations and the distribution system; performs confined space entries (chambers) for the purpose of performing maintenance. 

• Performs routine maintenance (related to CLAIR – Cleaning, Lubricating, Adjustment, Inspections and minor Repairs), at water treatment plants and associated pumping stations, and distribution system components. 

• Performs daily checks and analysis on the operation of equipment and makes adjustments to process controls to optimize effluent quality and ensure compliance with applicable Provincial regulations. 

• Participates in the design, installation, commission and handover of new equipment to ensure all equipment is installed correctly and functions efficiently as per relevant asset management standards. 

• Provides daily guidance and supervision of tasks appropriate to the level of certification for operators and co-op students enrolled in education programs, on-going certification or as required. 

• Maintains data logs and performs in-plant laboratory analysis including MOE regulatory compliance sampling and submission, in accordance with prescribed Certificates of Approval, Permits to take Water, water industry standards, policies and practices. 

• Ensures that documentation logs are completed legibly and accurately. 

• Participates on committees, task forces or work groups as assigned. 

• Responds to inquiries, complaints and concerns in a timely and professional manner to assure optimal service. 

• Participates in performance metrics planning activities as required. 

• Rotates to various water/wastewater locations (or Areas) as assigned. 



• Post-Secondary Diploma/Certificate in Environmental Sciences (2 or 3 years) or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

• MECP License for Wastewater Treatment and a License for Wastewater Collection, including experience as designated by Provincial Acts and Regulations and as it applies to Area 1, 5 or 6 Facilities. 

• MECP License for Water Treatment and a License for Water Distribution and Supply, including experience as designated by Provincial Acts and Regulations and as it applies to East, Central, and West Water facilities. License levels to be determine based on business and regulatory needs at time of posting. 

• Demonstrated field experience working directly in water/wastewater facilities with completion of training courses and certification(s) as designated by Provincial Acts and Regulations, and field experience and certification(s) Level to the legislated standard required at the assigned facility. 

• Demonstrated experience in mechanical electrical equipment and pump maintenance procedures. 

• A valid Class “G” drivers’ licence, clear of serious offences under the Highway Traffic Act. 


 Please apply online by September 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. As an alternative, you can apply via e-mail to careers@york.ca; fax to 905-895-4232; mail or walk-in to 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 6Z1. All job vacancies are recorded on a 24-Hour Career Line and may be accessed by calling 877-464-9675 ext. 75508. We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

Utilities Operator – Wastewater

As part of our ‘One Town, One Team’ approach, InnServices Utilities Inc. is the exciting and progressive company created by the Town of Innisfil to deliver water and wastewater services to Innisfil and other municipalities.

A member of a collaborative and innovative team, you will work in an environment that focuses on service excellence and environmental stewardship. With an approach of best practices and the highest safety standards, you will be responsible for the general operation and maintenance of the 2 extended aeration type Wastewater Treatment plants and corresponding 110 kilometers of Collection Systems and numerous pumping stations, meeting and ensuring legislative compliance for the protection of public health and safety and the natural environment.

You will be completing daily inspections of operational equipment as well as monitoring and recording data for pump rates, flows, and treatment effectiveness. Your duties will also include diagnosing treatment deficiencies and applying appropriate testing formulas and practices.

We are seeking a dedicated and driven self-starter who thrives working in a collaborative environment, understand the merits of high safety standards, has strong interpersonal skills, and a strong sense of community. Your community college diploma in a related field such as Civil Engineering, Water/Wastewater or Environmental Studies, or equivalent related experience, is complimented with your Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Class ІII (3) Certification required in Waste Water Treatment and MECP Class ІI (2) Certification Waste Water Collection (minimum), along with a minimum of five years of demonstrated work experience in a wastewater collection and treatment environment. A valid Class G driver’s license is required, as it the ability to participate on overtime and on-call afterhours work.


Closing date is September 23, 2020.


To apply to this position, submit your application online though our applicant tracking system at innisfil.ca. In the event you require an alternate method of submitting your application, please contact the Town’s People & Talent department by calling 705-436-3710.

We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Personal information will be used to determine eligibility for potential employment and is pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be provided, on request, to support candidate participation in all aspects of the recruitment process. To request accommodation, please contact People & Talent.

System Maintenance – Water & Wastewater

Job Title: System Maintenance – Water & Wastewater
Job Opening ID: 26495
# Required: 12
Business Unit: Human Resources
Division: Water & Wastewater
Location: Recruiting
Standard Hours: 40/week
Full/Part Time: Full
Salary Range: $27.23 -$33.72
Post Date: 2020-09-08
Closing Date: 2020-10-06

Please note that the online application process includes a series of questions related to the requirements of the posting. We advise all applicants to carefully review their responses to the online questionnaire for accuracy, prior to submitting their application.

It is highly recommended applicants print or save a copy of the job posting prior to starting the application in order to reference the job requirements throughout the online process.

As part of the online application process, we ask that all applicants provide an email address that they regularly check.

Applicants with class I Water/Wastewater Treatment licenses, OIT licenses (or passed exams) are strongly preferred.  Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) before they can be called to an active work assignment.  For more information on Water & Wastewater licensing, including how to become certified and upcoming exams, please visit www.owwco.ca

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries.  Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada’s most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario’s most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.



The Niagara Region is currently pre-qualifying individuals for System Maintenance opportunities in our Water Wastewater division, Public Works department. Work includes performing routine, preventative and emergency maintenance work on equipment, pumps and tools, general building maintenance as well as operating a regional vehicle. Pre-qualified individuals will be considered for future job opportunities as they become available, whether casual, temporary or permanent.

Pay rate: Successful candidates typically start as a System Maintenance Assistant I; the starting rate for this position is $27.23, and the pay range is $27.23-$28.79. The total range in pay for roles within this job family is $27.23-$33.72, depending on licensing, education/training, qualifications, trade certification, and years of service within CUPE Local 1287.

Hours: A typical work week is scheduled 40 hours. Regular hours of operation are currently 7:00am-3:30pm or 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, subject to stand-by rotation, overtime, including afternoons, nights, weekends & holidays. Work may be casual, temporary or permanent in nature, depending on need. While in casual work assignments, there is no minimum guarantee of hours or frequency of work.

While on Stand-by, an employee is required to be available at all times and provide a physical response to the work location within sixty (60) minutes of the service call, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Location: Locations vary throughout the Niagara Region. Our main Water & Wastewater treatment facilities are located in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston, Welland, Port Colborne, Crystal Beach, St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie, and Grimsby, in addition to a variety of support stations and facilities.



Employees perform a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Perform maintenance work on equipment, buildings, and grounds within a defined water and wastewater area system
  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and tools, adjusts lubricates, performs oil changes, and maintain associated records
  • Perform (and/or assist with) preventative, emergency, and scheduled maintenance to water/wastewater plant or system equipment, including pump units, motors, valves, chemical and small submersible pumps using hand and electrical tools
  • Clear screens, tanks, channels and pumps of blockages and other debris using manual and power equipment as necessary
  • Complete daily work sheets and requests for materials needed for repair on equipment, including using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS)
  • Remove obstructions from process systems
  • Monitor the unloading of various chemicals using safe handling procedures for hazardous materials
  • Maintain buildings through plumbing, masonry and carpentry work, sweeping, mopping, waxing, and removing garbage for pickup
  • Change light bulbs, check emergency lights, and fire extinguishers, test alarms
  • Reset breakers, after electrical awareness training
  • Operate Regional vehicle, hoist and crane to lift equipment
  • Perform inventory control and requisition requests
  • Transport crew, equipment and tools to work sites
  • As per season, operates tractor mower and trimmer to cut grass and eliminate weeds; operate snow blower to remove snow. Also rake, and shovel and sand sidewalks
  • Clean self-contained breathing apparatus and other safety equipment
  • Use and maintain personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with regulations and procedures
  • Assist other maintenance and operational personnel as required



  • Completion of a high school diploma, or equivalency (Ex. GED)
  • Please see the Special Conditions regarding Ministry of Environment (M.O.E.) Water/Wastewater certification(s)
  • Candidates who meet ONE of the following three criteria as it pertains to M.O.E. certification are strongly preferred:
  • 1-Successfully completed Operator-in-Training exams in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment in order to qualify for valid OIT licenses, OR;
  • 2-Hold valid Operator-in-Training licenses in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment, OR;
  • 3-Possess a valid Class I Water and/or Wastewater Treatment license (or greater)
  • Must be willing to undertake additional levels of training prescribed in the Regulations
  • Additional training, courses or education in a related field (asset)
  • Courses/Apprenticeship hours/certification in a related trade field, such as an Electrician or Millwright (asset)
  • Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid (asset)
  • Confined space entry/rescue and fall protection training (asset)
  • Tag Out/Lock Out training (asset)
  • Gas Technician License (asset)
  • W.H.M.I.S. training (asset)
  • Forklift training/certification (asset)
  • Additional health & safety training related to the position (asset)
  • DZ Driver’s license (asset)



  • 1 year of relevant experience in plant or industrial maintenance is required
  • Experience in water or wastewater plants or systems (asset)
  • Must possess mechanical aptitude and knowledge of tools and equipment related to maintenance activities
  • Must possess knowledge of mechanics and electrical maintenance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proper health and safety practices
  • Previous experience with SCADA/PLC systems (asset)
  • Familiarity with a Computerized Maintenance Management System /work order system (asset)



  • Must possess computer skills (ex. spreadsheets, word processing, CMMS/work order systems and email)
  • Must be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, communicate and cooperate with others
  • Excellent documentation skills (electronic and written)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must possess basic mathematical skills, mechanical and verbal reasoning, numerical ability and spatial relations
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and follow established procedures
  • Proven ability to recognize issues, troubleshoot and solve problems
  • Proven ability to prioritize tasks on a daily basis



  • Must possess valid, unrestricted G class driver’s license; It is the employee’s responsibility to possess and maintain a valid and restriction-free driver’s license of appropriate class to carry out the duties of the job
  • Must comply with all aspects of the Regional Respiratory Program Policy. Respiratory Fit Test mandatory
  • Required to travel to various locations to receive training and/or to perform maintenance duties
  • Work location may be changed in order to better facilitate training and experience i.e. scheduled move from Plant A to Plant B
  • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate
  • Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) and a satisfactory driver’s abstract before they can be called to an active work assignment
  • Once they have started working, candidates must successfully pass their Class I Water or Wastewater Treatment exam(s) within 18 months in order to qualify for their Class I license(s)

Work may be casual, temporary or permanent in nature, depending on need. Please note that while on casual work assignment, employees are not members of CUPE 1287.

We appreciate receipt of all applications; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be acknowledged. Please note that the recruitment process may also involve a skills assessment/skills demonstration/practical examination.

As part of the online application process, we ask that all applicants provide an email address that they regularly check.

Although not required at this time, please note that successful applicants will be required to provide the following documents and/or comply with the following requirements (but not limited to), as a condition of hire:

  • Satisfactory Driver’s Abstract
  • Satisfactory Police Clearance Certificate
  • Proof of original educational qualifications
  • Proof of original Ministry of Environment (M.O.E.) Water/Wastewater qualifications (ex. proof of passed exams, licenses, etc.)
  • Satisfactory physical assessment

Applicants with class I Water/Wastewater Treatment licenses, OIT licenses (or passed exams) are strongly preferred.  Successful candidates must obtain their Water & Wastewater OIT licenses (at a minimum) before they can be called to an active work assignment.  For more information on Water & Wastewater licensing, including how to become certified and upcoming exams, please visit www.owwco.ca.

To view the full job description and requirements, visit our Careers page – Job Opening #26495

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges…..today!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application no later than October 6, 2020 before midnight by visiting our ‘Careers’ page at www.niagararegion.ca . We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.