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Day Operator

Regular Full-Time
Competition #
Day Operator
Water Services
Primary Function

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Water Supply Plants works as one of a team of operators at the assigned plant, including the pumping station, dam, nearby properties, and emergency water supplies. Working a day shift, the Day Operator takes a lead role in performing and organizing preventative maintenance. The Day Operator will replace scheduled water supply plant operators as assigned. 

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Take a lead role in performing and organizing preventative maintenance on all facility mechanical equipment. Perform regular maintenance checks on all facility equipment making minor adjustments and scheduling other maintenance.
  • Ensures all responsibilities are met as it pertains to the ISO 14001 compliant Environmental Management System for the entire scope of the certification and established standard operating procedures.
  • Under the direction of the Supervisor, Water Supply Plants, perform periodic checks and inspection on the emergency water supply and other emergency equipment.
  • Monitor and control all operational processes during the shift period. Make process adjustments as required. Take samples and make routine tests for process control. Take regular readings, maintain operational log book and log any irregularities.
  • Mix chemicals, operate chemical unloading equipment and assist in the delivery of chemicals.
  • Monitor and take daily reading of weather station instruments.
  • Maintain required maintenance and process records.
  • Promote a clean and tidy appearance in and around the plant. Work safely obeying all company procedures, codes and regulations and report all unsafe acts and conditions.
  • Perform on the job training of employees from within the bargaining unit and of operators in training from other water supply organizations.
  • Conduct tours of water supply facilities.
  • In the absence of the Plant Supervisor, the Day Operator will act on his/her behalf to assign staff and perform other required duties.
  • Replace scheduled water supply plant operators for annual vacations, during illness and other approved absences as assigned. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Reporting Relationships

Reports to:    Supervisor, Water Supply Plants.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience


  • Two year technical program related to Water Treatment (or a one year technical program related to water treatment plus specialized industry training courses or sufficient CEUs may be considered).  An equivalent combination of formal education and related experience in a water treatment environment may be considered.
  • Must be willing to complete any further training which is available to operators of a water treatment facility.


  • Must have a minimum of five years related experience including three years working in a water treatment plant.
Other Requirements


  • Must possess a Class 3 Water Supply Plant Operator Certificate.
  • Must possess a valid Nova Scotia Driver's License.

Hours of Work:     When not working in the capacity of a shift operator, the Day Operator will work the same hours as other day workers as per the collective agreement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Must be mechanically inclined and have an elementary understanding of chemistry and electronics.
  • Must have experience with pumps and mechanical equipment.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Must have general knowledge of computerized environment, and be familiar with software pertinent to water treatment facilities.
  • Must be prepared to wear protective clothing and equipment required for specific situations involved.
  • Must be willing to undergo immunization treatments, and any personal health condition checks which may be required.


How to Apply

Completed cover letters and resumes (application forms [PDF] optional), stating Competition #HW23-39E must be received by 4:30 p.m., March 30, 2023. Please forward to:


  • Halifax Water
    HR Department
    P.O. Box 8388, RPO CSC
    Halifax, NS
    B3K 5M1


  • 902-490-6934

Please note: Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted.

Conditional Items Required for Employment:

  • Satisfactory background check
  • Satisfactory pre-employment testing

Halifax Water is an equal opportunity employer.

Halifax Water’s goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the community we serve, at all job levels. Halifax Water believes a diverse workforce positively contributes to its success, and the success of our community. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, LGBTQ+ community, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Indigenous persons. Halifax Water encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter.