Operator-in-Training & Civic Works Equipment Operator

The Village of Salmo is seeking a seeking a skilled, self-motivated Operator-In-Training (OIT) to join our Civic Works team as an Operator-in-Training & Civic Works Equipment Operator for a six-month pilot project, beginning immediately, with the possibility of permanent, full-time employment.

Family friendly Salmo, “the Hub of the Kootenays”, has a strong community spirit and is a fantastic place to live!  Centrally located on Hwy 3 about 30 minutes from Trail, Castlegar, or Nelson, Salmo offers the best of the outdoor life and mountain living.  The successful applicant must live within a 15-minute drive of Salmo.

Salmo features beautiful parks, trails and rivers, affordable housing prices, both an elementary school and a new high school, a community centre that includes a full fitness centre, medical services, swimming pool, curling centre, an outdoor hockey rink, a ski hill, BMX bike-park, great fishing and much more.  Nearby are beautiful lakes, two world-class ski resorts – Red Mountain and White Water – and a wide variety of outdoor adventure opportunities, plus the many amenities of our nearby neighbours. If you enjoy a job with lots of variety and prefer life in a small, vibrant, affordable village, this is the place for you!

Our Civic Works Department operates a newly upgraded Level II Waste Water Treatment Facility and a Level I well-based Water Collection and Distribution system. In addition the team improves and maintains the village’s municipal infrastructure, including roads, sidewalks, parks, dike and other facilities, and provides winter snow removal for the village. The waste water treatment system uses an activated sludge process. It includes primary screening at the headworks, two parallel oxidation ditches, two clarifiers, sludge de-watering, and treated effluent disposal to 5 rapid infiltration basins.

The OIT will work as part of an integrated team under the direction of the Civic Works Foreman. The work involves some complexity and variety in the performance of skilled and semi-skilled tasks relating to water production, waste water collection and treatment.

As an equipment operator, the OIT operates heavy equipment year-round including the John Deer 444 loader/snowplow, an excavator and dump truck and other miscellaneous equipment along with the other members of the Civic Works team.

We are looking for a forward-thinking individual who is willing to grow with our team as we plan for the future. With several infrastructure renewal projects in our future we relish the opportunity to find someone who will become a long-term member of our team and assist us with planning and managing future infrastructure projects.

Duties are split approximately 60/40 between system operations and civic works projects.  All duties are performed in accordance with legislation, good engineering practices and departmental policy, but also require independence of judgement and resolution of technical challenges in day-to-day activities.  Work is performed indoors and out under all seasonal weather conditions.  Heavy lifting is required. There is a regular rotating, 7-day-a-week day-time shift schedule for the Civic Works team.

Instructions are received orally and in writing. The incumbent is expected to carry a village-supplied cell phone, respond to afterhours SCADA trouble calls and emergency snow removal requests as necessary, and be available for back-up to other operations staff needing assistance on call outs. There is a regular on-call schedule for the Civic Works team. All education, training and required industry memberships are paid for by the Village.

A non-union facility, we provide a competitive wage and benefits package and participate in the municipal pension fund.



  • Valid EOCP Operator in Training (OIT) or inter-provincial equivalent.
  • Completion of Grade 12, including English and mathematics.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows programs including Excel and Word, data bases and SCADA Control Systems.
  • Possession of a valid Class 5 BC Drivers Licence and a clear driving record.


  • Post-secondary diploma, Water & Waste Water Technician.
  • A minimum of 6 months experience with a Water Distribution system or Waste Water Treatment facility.
  • Experience in systems programming and its application to utilities installations, operations and maintenance would be an asset.
  • Experience operating heavy duty equipment and machinery.
  • Air-brakes certification.
  • A mechanical aptitude with the ability to perform a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual, mechanical, electronic, and technical tasks related to the work using considerable independence of judgement.
  • Demonstrable ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, contractors, and the public, providing information and assistance.
  • A willingness to undertake additional training and certification. (All training is paid for by the Village.)

A complete job description can be viewed here.

Interested applicants are requested to send their resume AND a covering letter to the undersigned prior to 4:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020. 

Anne Williams
Chief Administrative Officer – [email protected]

Box 1000 – 423 Davies Avenue   Salmo, BC   V0G 1Z0

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


Local Training Programs for Residents

Are you targeting work in the retail, accommodation, food service or tourism sectors?

These sectors continue to grow in our region; employers need skilled staff and many residents need work. The RAFT program at Kootenay Career Development Society can help!  View the poster here.

They are now offering continuous intakes into this fabulous program so people can join at any time.

The Retail, Accommodation, Food Service and Tourism training program:

  • Has a continuous intake (apply today!)
  • Is a blend of individual support and 5 week group-based programming
  • Offers a healthy lunch each day while in program
  • Covers effective job search strategies, soft skills (communication, conflict resolution, and more!), workers’ rights, and introduces clients to employers in the local area
  • Offers Computer Basics, MS Word and MS Excel training
  • Provides certifications based on individual need such as WHMIS, Foodsafe, Serving it Right and First Aid
  • Provides child care, food and transportation supports as well as training and clothing allowances
  • We provide job coaching and job sustainment services
  • RAFT has a high success rate
  • And best of all it’s FREE


Applicants must be entitled to work in Canada, unemployed or precariously employed, and not enrolled in school full time

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] .