Water/Wastewater Operator 2 or 3 (Columbia Valley [Invermere Area])

The beautiful Columbia Valley lies within “The Valley of a Thousand Peaks”, located between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Mountain Range in British Columbia’s Kootenay-Rockies region. The region is home to several diverse communities, including the unincorporated communities within the Regional District of East Kootenay Areas F & G (Spillimacheen, Brisco, Wilmer, Panorama Mountain Village, Fairmont Hot Springs, Windermere and Edgewater); the municipalities of District of Invermere, Village of Radium Hot Springs and Village of Canal Flats; and the Akisqnuk and Shuswap First Nation communities. The region boasts unlimited year-round outdoor recreation including Nordic and downhill skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, boating, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, mountaineering, white-water rafting, snowmobiling, and bird watching.

The Regional District of East Kootenay is looking for an experienced Water/Wastewater Operator (2 or 3) located out of our Columbia Valley Office, just minutes from Invermere. Supervised by the Senior Operator, the Water/Wastewater Operator is primarily responsible for operating and maintaining 6 water and 2 wastewater systems.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Progressive experience (three to five years) maintaining water and wastewater utilities, preferably in a local government setting
  • Class II or III Water Treatment and Water Distribution Operator Certificates
  • Class II Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificates
  • Possession of a Chlorine Handling Certificate
  • Valid British Columbia Driver’s Licence


Key Skills & Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water and sewer systems and applicable government regulations.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and SCADA monitoring systems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional and effective working relationships with contractors, developers, applicable regulating agencies, staff, and the general public.

The RDEK offers a great work environment and an attractive total compensation package, which includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, a modified work week, learning opportunities and a provision for moving expenses.  This is a permanent, full-time Union position with a starting hourly rate (depending on qualifications and experience) of $31.62 – $34.76 and an increase to $33.20 – $36.49, after successful completion of a 6-month probationary period.

If you are interested in joining an organization with a reputation of being a great place to work, and you possess the necessary qualifications and experience, we invite you to submit a resume and cover letter, with references, no later than 4:30pm, Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to:

Lori Engler, Human Resources Manager

Email:  hr@rdek.bc.ca [MS Word format or PDF]

Please quote:  Engineering – 16

Information on our organization and a complete job description are available on the RDEK website (www.rdek.bc.ca/careers).  We thank all who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.