BC Local Government Job Posting Service

City of Williams Lake

Working Foreman Water/Waste Division

Full Time
Competition 18-59

Municipal Services-Water/Waste Division

$37.32 per hour plus benefits

40 hours per week, shift work and overtime as required including evenings/weekends. Required to participate in on call rotation

For lifestyle, Williams Lake’s mixture of frontier charm and urban living can’t be beat. A regional centre with all major amenities.  Living and housing is very affordable with a range of residential opportunities from modern urban subdivisions and townhouses to large rural properties. The attractive mix of high-quality lifestyle and surrounding pristine wilderness playground makes Williams Lake a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Williams Lake offers year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, the Cariboo offers snowmobiling opportunities and amazing cross-country ski trails, as well as snowshoeing and ice fishing. Williams Lake, known across North America as the “Shangri-La of Mountain Biking”, boasts the largest mountain bike park in the British Columbia’s interior, and over 200 kilometres of single track trails and tens of thousands of board feet of lumber constructing a variety of riding features all within metres of the City. The lake city is a great base for hiking, camping, four-wheeling, waterskiing, swimming, golfing and sport fishing as well. Our indoor recreation facilities are first rate, with the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offering a brand new leisure pool with waterslide, new lap pool, steam room, sauna, massive swirl pool along with two arena ice sheets, and a brand new fitness centre.

This position will be offered to an individual who meets required qualifications, demonstrates superior communication skills, and who is respectful and courteous to all staff and to the community at large. The Foreman will maintain a strong, professional working rapport with both City Managers and Union staff at all times.

The Foreman will be capable of receiving direction from the Utilities Manager or designate and delegating work to the Utilities staff to achieve operational goals in a safe and efficient manner. The Foreman will motivate and mentor staff, while demonstrating strong leadership skills.

This position will be responsible for:
  • The day to day safe and efficient operation of the City of Williams Lake’s water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities.
  • Performing supervisory work in prioritizing, planning, coordinating and supervising staff involved in water and waste operations.
  • Responsible for preparation of schedules, organization of staff, materials, vehicles and equipment, while working within budgetary constraints.
  • Leading by example to provide a service that meets or exceeds the customers’ expectations by continuously looking to improve work methods and procedures. 
  • Ensuring all City utilities are safe, compliant and fit for use through cost effective, efficient and safe operation.

The incumbent is responsible to the Manager of Public Works under the direction of the Director of Municipal Services and/or designate.

  • Organizes, directs, provides guidance, training and supervises the work of employees within the department
  • Ensures that City bylaws, policies and procedures are followed and that employees are following same within the City and department
  • Provides leadership and motivation for employees within the department by exhibiting a positive workplace atmosphere and conduct for all employees to follow in conjunction with the department Manager
  • Responds to inquiries and maintains a courteous and positive interaction with the public, user groups and City employees
  • Plan, supervise, delegate and follow up on the work of Utility Operators engaged in a variety of activities related to the preventive maintenance, repair and servicing of the City’s utilities.
  • Ensures compliance with outside government agencies such as Interior Health, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Health
  • Adheres to safety policies and regulations as established by the Workers Compensation Board, City of Williams Lake Occupational Health and Safety committee, and regional and municipal statutes by reviewing safety procedures. Ensures all Utilities employees are correctly and safely familiarized with equipment and safety regulations.
  • Coordinates, organizes, and monitors the work of contractors.
  • Training of Utility Operators in the correct and safe use of all relevant tools and equipment needed to perform their duties.
  • Maintains documentation of:
    • Staff equipment training
    • Confined space equipment and practices
    • Shoring equipment inspection
    • Fire hydrant and air release valves maintenance records
    • BC One Call and Work Safe BC reporting requirements
    • Other maintenance records
  • Responds to public inquiries and emergencies in a courteous and safe manner.
  • Development of new and improvement of existing work methods and procedures.
  • Review, make any corrections, and sign Utility Operators’ daily time sheets.
  • Bring to the attention of the Manager, any circumstance that may be harmful or unsafe to the City of Williams Lake utilities or utilities staff.
  • Adheres to the Collective Agreement between the City of Williams Lake and the International Union of Operating Engineers when dealing with staff issues.
  • Organize, chair and maintain notes for departmental meetings
  • Computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office, Excel and other related software.
  • Must be willing to attend coaching and leadership courses
  • Keep a daily journal that details work assignments for the department and interactions that occur with the public.
  • Other related administrative duties as required

  • Minimum Grade XII
  • Valid B.C. Driver's License - Class 3 with Air Endorsement.
  • Water Distribution Level III Certification of Qualification or Competency from Environmental Operators Certification Program.
  • Wastewater Collection Level II Certification of Qualification or Competency from Environmental Operators Certification Program.
  • Minimum of 5 years previous experience in a class II or higher water distribution system, 2 years minimum experience in a class II or higher wastewater collection system or a combination of the two.
  • Shall have a good working knowledge of all equipment used within the Water/Waste Division.
  • Shall be capable of understanding, reporting verbally and by written report in English and accept and comprehend verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing to undertake additional training in the correct operation of new tools and equipment with respect to water distribution and waste water collection.
  • Must undertake additional training with respect to water distribution and waste water collection certification, as a statutory requirement under the Drinking Water Protection Act
  • Shall be required to participate as a member of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) standby group
  • Shall have the ability to work with others as a team.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter outlining qualifications, experience, copies of applicable certifications, and letters of reference no later than 4:00 pm, January 4, 2018 to the attention of Ashley Williston, Director of Human Resources, City of Williams Lake, 450 Mart Street, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 1N3 - Fax (250) 392-8484, or email

Location: Williams Lake, BC
Region: North Central / Cariboo
Professional Categories: Sewer & Wastewater,Water Services
Posted: December 5, 2018, 11:18 am
Expires: January 4, 2019, 4:00 pm