Waste Packer Operator (Temporary for up to 9 months)

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 temporary positions of Waste Packer Operator in the Solid Waste Resources Division.  The successful candidates will have a focus on quality customer service and continuous improvement.  Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.

Hours of work

Any eight (8) consecutive hours between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Monday to Friday. This job requires Saturday hours during weeks containing statutory holidays.


  • Operate a waste packer and automated cart tipping device to load waste within the City of Guelph.
  • Operate a waster packer and manually collect curbside waste (up to 20 kg) lifting it into trucks in parts of the city not on the cart program.
  • Observe when loading and report any materials put out for collections that cannot be picked up safely or do not comply with existing city waste collection by-laws.
  • Respond to resident issues or questions regarding waste collection policies and programs.
  • Comply with all Federal, Provincial and City regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Comply with the regulations and requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (including s. 28 responsibilities of a worker).
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a Grade 12 diploma and 1 year experience operating DZ vehicles in live traffic conditions, preferably for waste collection purposes. Candidates with equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.             
  • A valid Class DZ drivers licence with a good driving record.  Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract and CVOR 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.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to deal with the public diplomatically.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to perform physical work (e.g. lifting to a maximum of 20 kg, repeatedly, step in and out of the vehicle on a repeated basis and working in all types of weather conditions).
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Must be able to work alone and with supervision.
  • Previous experience operating trucks pertaining to waste collection is an asset.


$29.31 per hour

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Tuesday, March 2, 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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