Foreman/Working Foreman – Town of Qualicum Beach (Qualicum Beach, BC)

Town of Qualicum Beach

Foreman/Working Foreman

Permanent Full-Time
Job Competition No. 2020-14

The Town of Qualicum Beach is in search of a dynamic and highly motivated individual for the position of Working Foreman.

The Town of Qualicum Beach (population 9,000) centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 30 minutes north of Nanaimo, offers an unparalleled quality of life. This beautiful Oceanside community has abundant recreational opportunities, including three golf courses within the municipality and three others in close proximity, as well as fishing, hiking, biking and, less than one hour away, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort. Our community values the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, cares about global issues, and has a strong vision of a sustainable Qualicum Beach. The ideal candidate will share the community’s passion for outdoor recreation, as well as the commitment to sustainability. Join us!

The Public Works Department keeps our community safe by providing clean, safe drinking water, a reliable sanitary sewer system, and storm-water drainage to help prevent flooding. This department manages the roads in our community, the municipal airport, collects garbage, and provides a variety of services to our residents.

Reporting to the Superintendent of Public Works, the Working Foreman is primarily responsible for the maintenance operations of the roads, sidewalks, and drainage infrastructure. The incumbent also plans, organizes, leads and controls operations including recommendations for procurement, maintenance, asset preservation, special projects, safe work practices and crew development through regulations, sustainable best practices, corporate policies, and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology or degree in a related discipline from a recognized institution;
  • Considerable knowledge and experience in the maintenance, installation, and repair of municipal sewer & drainage services and facilities and the application of engineering principles related to hydrology, storm water management, best management practices, and green infrastructure;
  • Technical and practical knowledge of methods and procedures used in road and sidewalk repair and preventative maintenance;
  • Sound knowledge of Asset Management principles and practices;
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, work from design drawings, plans and sketches, and prepare and maintain records related to the work, and the ability to translate technical language into easily-understandable concepts and actions;
  • Ability to lay out projects and assist in estimating time, manpower, tools, materials and equipment required and to order and expedite delivery of materials, tools and equipment;
  • Proficient verbal communication and writing skills sufficient to draft documents, including technical reports, procurement documents, equipment specifications, procedures and policies
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts and to communicate effectively with members of the public;
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, assign and supervise the work of assigned project teams with a minimum of five (5) years’ directly-related experience, preferably within a unionized environment;
  • Physical capability to safely complete continuous manual labour (e.g. bending, shoveling, lifting, pushing/pulling, etc.) in all weather conditions;
  • Computer literacy and demonstrated proficiency with a multitude of computer programs including all aspects of Microsoft Suite, GIS, SCADA, and Asset Management software;
  • Sound knowledge of national, provincial, and municipal laws, bylaws, codes and relations governing municipal engineering works;
  • Considerable knowledge of the safety precautions and hazards applicable to the work and a thorough knowledge of WorksafeBC regulations and requirements;
  • Valid BC Class 5 Drivers’ License;
  • Experience working with municipal government is considered an asset.
  • Note: an equivalent combination of education, experience, and knowledge will be considered if deemed acceptable by the employer.

Duties include:

  • Providing day-to-day direction to your assigned crew, including:
    • assigning tasks and completing scheduling;
    • providing instructions and/or demonstrating the proper methods;
    • answering questions and troubleshooting issues as they arise;
    • providing constructive feedback as well as recognition; and
    • monitoring progress and making adjustments as necessary.
  • Updating Superintendent on progress, problem-solving issues that arise, and attending meetings as scheduled;
  • Providing utility direction for developing policy statements and providing technical insight at technical team meetings;
  • Reviewing designs and/or tender documents for sewer and rainwater and green infrastructure for compliance with Town design standards and requirements;
  • Preparing technical reports, presentations, letters and memos;
  • Monitoring health and safety practices in the workplace, focusing on prevention as well as addressing any issues that arise;
  • Completing required administrative duties including absence requests, daily timesheets, task- tracking, invoices, answering internal and external inquiries, and creating reports as required;
  • Planning the work schedule for the unit on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis based on direction from the Superintendent and Manager of Operations and in accordance with the strategic plan;
  • Assist other departments from time to time when seasonal weather events require additional staffing to meet service levels.

The terms and conditions of employment are covered by the CUPE Local 401 Collective Agreement. The rate of pay is $37.65 – $39.47 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. Successful applicants will be expected to work 40 hours/week, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

To apply:
Submit cover letter and resume via paper copy or email with an MS Word or PDF document to:

Colleen Rehor, Human Resources
#201 – 660 Primrose Street, P.O. Box 130
Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7

Deadline for Applications: December 31, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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