Chief Street Operator -

East Kootenays Fernie, BRITISH COLUMBIA | about 1 month | Deadline: 23 Oct 2020

Job Summary

Job Description

 (Full time, Dayshift)
Posted September 18, 2020

A truly active and beautiful place to work, the City of Fernie offers competitive salaries, excellent benefit packages, municipal pension plan, and opportunities for professional development and career growth.

The City of Fernie is inviting applications for the position of Chief Street Operator - Streets and Utilities, Operations department. This is a full-time position on day shift as per the current CUPE Collective Agreement. The successful applicant will be a self-directed and motivated individual who works well with others and will positively influence the corporate culture related to safety.

Reporting to the Manager of Streets and Utilities, the Chief Street Operator is the lead working member of the crew who is responsible for assigning day-to-day tasks to the team, ensuring that tasks are completed correctly and efficiently, and for providing and/or facilitating on-the-job training and instruction for operators. The Chief Street Operator also plays an advisory role to the Manager of Streets and Utilities regarding the condition of street assets and the work that needs to be completed in the Streets Department.

The responsibilities of an operator in the Streets and Utilities department vary widely due to the nature of the work, the local weather and climate, the size of the organization and the size of the community that we serve. This job requires proficiency in a wide skill set and does not specialize in the operation of any single piece of equipment.


  • The Chief Street Operator is responsible for the routine maintenance, upkeep and repairs of sidewalks, streets, streetlights, asphalt repairs, snow removal, signage, drainage issues, dikes, and other related infrastructure work/maintenance.
  • Seasonal work planning and execution; plowing operations, hydrant clearing, snow dump maintenance, sweeping schedule, catch basin cleaning, dike inspection/repairs, street light audits, garbage collection from sidewalk bins in the Downtown area, tree maintenance, sidewalk repairs/replacement, street closures(events) and other tasks as assigned.
  • Assist other departments with excavation and backfill, including opening and closing cemetery burials.
  • Assist the Manager of Streets and Utilities in preparing a strategic plan for operational activities that will ensure the streets are maintained as efficiently and effectively as possible within approved staffing and budget constraints.
  • Coordinate and assist operators and contractors in the operation, repair, and maintenance of the street and related infrastructure.
  • Prepare comprehensive work plans and written schedules for inspection and maintenance.
  • Develop and implement standard operating and safe work procedures for all work, in coordination with the Safety Management System Resource.
  • Ensure all work is performed in compliance with WorkSafe BC procedures, arrange safety training for operators for all tasks assigned to them, and conduct hazard assessments as required by WorkSafe BC. Lead daily toolbox meetings.
  • Ensure that processes follow local permits and Provincial and Federal regulations.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies to support standard operations and plan and create requisitions when needed (i.e. line paint, cold mix, dust control materials, streetlight bulbs, signage, post material, winter sand, salt, seed, crush, and similar materials).
  • Monitor and report on system functions. Complete a daily log of work performed by crews and weekly reports to the Manager summarizing the work completed for the week and projected work tasks for the following week.
  • Perform other operational duties as required by the Manager of Streets and Utilities.
  • Assist other departments from time to time when seasonal weather events require additional staffing to meet service levels.
  • Assist the Manager of Streets and Utilities in scheduling training for streets crew and provide training where required.
  • Perform work functions of an Operator I, II, and III as defined in the C.U.P.E. Collective Agreement.
  • Attend training as required by the employer.

The above description reflects the general details to describe the principal functions and duties required for the job and will not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. Employees may perform other related duties and tasks as required to meet the needs of operations.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the efficient operation of equipment, will work in a safe and responsible manner, and will be expected to exercise good public relations.


  • Grade 12 or GED
  • British Columbia Class 3 License with air brakes endorsement
  • Confined Space training
  • Proficient computer skills (email, word and spreadsheet processing, input and receive information from web-based applications)
  • Progressive experience operating construction and maintenance equipment
  • Supervisory experience

Proficient in the operation of:

  • Motor Grader with and without wing
  • Loader with and/or without wing
  • Backhoe for excavations
  • Smaller equipment such as but not limited to: Tandems, dump trucks, Vac/Flusher trucks, skid steers, hand tools

The successful applicant will be required to work in an outdoor construction environment where weather and working conditions can change with little notice. Periodic office work will be required for reporting, planning, and scheduling.

Salary and benefits will be in accordance with current CUPE Collective Agreement. The current rate of pay for this role is $38.55/hour. The Collective Agreement is currently under negotiation.

Detailed applications containing resume and references should be submitted by 4:00 P.M., Friday, October 23, 2020 and be addressed to:

Dustin Haeusler, Manager of Streets and Utilities,
City of Fernie
501 – 3rd Ave, PO Box 190,
Fernie, BC, V0B 1M0

Not all applicants will receive a response. 

Similar Jobs

Similar Jobs