Downtown Maintainer (Part-time)

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of part-time Downtown Maintainer.  Duties will include, but are not limited to, manual and motorized snow removal, sanding/salting, manual and motorized sweeping and cleaning at parking facilities and other public facilities, pedestrian areas and sidewalks within the Central Business District. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment.

Hours of work

Up to 24 hours per week, including weekends and some afternoons.


  • Trouble shoot and perform skilled work in the maintenance of city owned parking facilities and equipment including parking meters, parking revenue equipment, plumbing, ventilating systems, electrical, drywall, elevators and fire panels as well as maintain all pedestrian areas including roads, public laneways and sidewalks for cleanliness in the city’s downtown.
  • Responsible for maintenance and cleanliness of all city waste containers in the downtown core.
  • Assist in maintaining necessary daily records of all maintenance activities.
  • Inform the Lead Hand of any breakdowns, vandalism and deterioration of facilities and all city owned downtown property.
  • Operate various types of maintenance equipment as per manufacturer’s safety guidelines and as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act, including but not limited to tractors, skid steers, front-end loaders, mad vac, power washer, power sweeper, trackless units with plow and or blower attachment, pick-ups with sanders and plows, small equipment including auxiliary attachments, and hand and power tools in a safe and efficient manner, all within a high density pedestrian and vehicular area.
  • Carry out all necessary maintenance and adjustments while keeping the equipment in a safe, clean and tidy condition, perform daily equipment circle checks and report defects and if necessary carry out small repairs in a prescribed manner.
  • Remove and/or flag obstacles hazardous to employees or the public or that interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or equipment, and duly note and immediately report such conditions to the Lead hand or Supervisor.
  • Comply with requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, The Highway Traffic Act, all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Respond to emergency accidents, clean-ups, and spills in the downtown and all city owned and operated parking facilities and parking lots and follow up with proper environmental protection protocol.
  • Assist other team members of the Public Services Area in day to day activities.
  • Provide housekeeping functions for all city-owned and operated parking facilities and central business district Road, Right of Way physical infrastructure including benches, bike racks, and garbage cans.
  • Work with City MMS system work orders, WAM work requests, purchase orders and other customised software as required.
  • Perform manual and motorized sweeping, cleaning, power washing, snow clearing, removal, and sanding /salting at city owned parking facilities, civic precinct, Transit Terminal and pedestrian areas and sidewalks within the City’s Downtown.
  • Carry out or assist with the manufacture, construction, erection/removal and maintenance of all traffic control and parking devices.
  • Keep the Central Business District and all work areas clean and in a presentable and safe condition for users.
  • Demonstrate initiative to resolve issues with focus on quality customer service.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Grade 12 education is required.
  • Experience related to the duties listed above which includes 6 – 12 months experience operating medium to heavy equipment (i.e. trackless, mobile sweepers, mobile vacuum units and pick-up trucks with snowplow and spreader attachments, high pressure power wash units) in a safe and efficient manner in high density pedestrian and vehicular traffic areas. Experience related to maintenance work related to physical Right of Way infrastructure, Parking facility and parking equipment maintenance activities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • A valid Class G driver’s licence with a good driving record; a DZ driver’s licence would be an asset. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their licence is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge and understanding of tools, equipment and procedures relevant to infrastructure, facility and equipment preventative maintenance such as parking meters, parking revenue equipment, plumbing, signage installation, ventilating systems, electrical, drywall, elevators and fire panels, minor concrete, asphalt and paving stone repairs.
  • Must be a reliable self-starter, able to make decisions and function with minimal supervision, as well, work as part of a team, and undertake all aspects of the job thoroughly and willingly.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be neat in appearance and have the ability to deal with the public in a professional and cordial manner and work well in a team environment.
  • Must be able to physically perform strenuous and repetitive work in a safe manner, such as climbing, lifting, bending, pushing and moving heavy items in all types of weather conditions.
  • Experience working with computer applications including Windows, Microsoft Office, MMS systems; and WAM.
  • Proficient time management skills and flexibility in adjusting between a variety of duties.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid First Aid/CPR certificate.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


$17.70 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Thursday, August 20, 2020. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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