Equipment Operator – Boulevards

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 Equipment Operator – Boulevards within the Operations Department.  Reporting to the Public Works Supervisors, the successful candidate will have a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement processes.  Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.

Hours of work

40 hours per week.  Any eight (8) consecutive hours between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm on Fridays.  Shift work may be a requirement of this position during winter control. Stand by and on-call may be a requirement of this position.


  • Perform duties in the development, maintenance and operation of the Operations Department related to concrete and boulevard activities and related winter control
  • Operate various types of equipment such as front-end loaders (with or without loader plow attachment in winter), sidewalk plows, dump trucks, large plate tampers and small construction equipment, all including various auxiliary attachments, in a safe and efficient manner
  • Perform various duties specific to boulevard maintenance activities including concrete base preparation, forming, pouring and finishing. Additional duties include restoration/repair of disturbed boulevards using top soil, seed/sod, unit pavers or related landscaping products.
  • Perform various duties relating to winter control of sidewalks and/or city owned steps and infrastructure including operating a sidewalk plow, combination tandem truck with plow and wing and other relevant equipment as needed, manual snow and ice clearing and manual salting and sanding equipment
  • Comply with all applicable regulations and requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, the Highway Traffic Act, all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures
  • Remove obstacles hazardous to employees or the public or that interfere with the safe operation of vehicles or equipment
  • Accurate and timely completion of daily activity time sheets including reporting of materials used and work completed, inspection and reporting forms
  • Report on variances in daily work plans
  • Immediately report vandalism, mechanical difficulties, damage and hazardous conditions
  • Actively participate in a team environment
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Experience related to the duties listed above normally acquired through a grade 12 education and 1 year experience operating DZ vehicles, front end loaders and other relevant heavy equipment (such as tractor/backhoe and tractors) in a safe and efficient manner in live traffic and in winter driving conditions and performing work related to boulevard maintenance activities. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Must possess a Class D-Z licence with a good driving record. 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 concrete and boulevard maintenance activities
  • Must be a reliable self-starter, able to make decisions and function with minimum supervision.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills
  • Have the ability to deal with the public in a cordial manner and work well in a team environment
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical activities including lifting, digging, shoveling, raking and climbing ladders and be able to actively participate in daily activities, working within live traffic conditions and adverse weather conditions
  • Basic understanding of and experience with computers
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • A satisfactory Police Record Check (including vulnerable sector screening) would be required at time of offer.


$25.89 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday, April 12, 2021. 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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