Job: Chief Facility Maintenance Operator - District of Sparwood

Chief Facility Maintenance Operator – Permanent Full Time

Under the direction of the Director of Community & Facility Services the Chief Facility Maintenance Operator’s primary responsibility is to oversee the maintenance of Sparwood’s recreation facilities and municipal buildings.  The incumbent supervises a staff of four full time, two casual and season staff maintenance staff, scheduling, assigning and overseeing all work performed. They are proficient in ice maintenance, are the chief engineer responsible for overseeing the arena physical plant, overseeing and completing regular maintenance and custodial work, maintaining the pool filtration plant, facility H-Vac systems and works with Public Works on maintaining local parks and trails. They should have a high level of proficiency in plumbing, carpentry and basic electrical work. They are responsible for the development and maintaining of a preventive maintenance program, completing written reports, developing maintenance procedures and policies.  The incumbent must be a strong leader that is able to train maintenance personnel. 


  • Acts as the Chief Engineer, overseeing the operation and maintenance of the arena physical plant;
  • Responsible for HVAC preventative maintenance programs, servicing and inspections;
  • Oversees the operation, troubleshoots and conducts repairs, on the pool filtration plant and related equipment;
  • Provides leadership, mentoring and training to maintenance staff;
  • Schedules and directs daily, weekly, monthly and annual maintenance;
  • Conducts general building maintenance duties and repairs (i.e. plumbing, electrical, including changing ballasts up to 110 volts, carpentry, painting etc.);
  • Inspects and maintains parks, trails, playgrounds and sports fields;
  • Assist in the daily leisure centre custodial duties, snow removal and related duties;
  • Backfills for maintenance operators as needed;
  • Provides daily supervision of maintenance staff including the assigning of work to be performed;
  • Troubleshooting/problem solving and reporting of facility operational concerns as they pertain to facility interiors and building envelopes;
  • Utilizes and supervises contractors, ensures quality of work and budgets maintained;
  • Conducts administrative duties as assigned including the preparation of reports & inventories, PO’s, contracts, and policies & procedure development;
  • Works within designated budgets and participates in the budget process;
  • Provides relief for maintenance staff during times of illness, absences and vacations;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Understands and has exceptional leadership and training skills;
  • Be physically fit and able to perform labor-intensive work;
  • Has an advanced understanding and ability to complete plumbing and carpentry work with respect to facility, arena physical plant, h-vac systems and pool filtration plant repairs;
  • Ability to operate, maintain and train staff on small equipment including tractors, skid steer, mowers, ice edger, ice resurfacer and snow blower;
  • Has a sound understanding of electrical systems and is able to complete pump and motor repairs, ballast replacements etc.;
  • Ability to identify and make repairs to parks and playground equipment;
  • Has an advanced understanding of risk management and assessment and mitigation processes.


  • Minimum five years related, progressively responsible supervisory experience and operational knowledge of recreation facility maintenance
  • Management Skills for Supervisors Certificate or equivalent
  • Arena Ice Makers Certificate
  • Pool Operator II
  • Extensive knowledge of preventative maintenance, custodial and construction activities and techniques
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, functions and operations of heating, air-conditioning, ventilation, pool filtration and related systems
  • Experience in the use of computer application including DDC systems and energy management
  • Refrigeration Operator or Higher Power Engineer Certificate
  • Valid Class 5 Drivers License


The below certifications are an asset that may be consider in the hiring & promotion process and are viewed as long term skills and certifications that will be developed.

  • Playground Safety Inspection Certification
  • Arena Operator Level I & II
  • Risk Management for Recreation Professionals
  • Journeyman status in Carpentry, Electrical or Plumbing
  • Refrigeration Operator or 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate
  • Parks and Sports Fields Level I & II
  • Building service worker Level I, II, & III
  • First aid and CPR training
  • Electrical & Mechanical Training
  • WHIMIS, SCBA, Propane Handlers ticket

$37.25 /hr


Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Application, attention to Duane Lawrence, can be delivered in person to 367 Pine Avenue, Sparwood, BC, mailed to P.O. Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or emailed to Applicants may be required to demonstrate required skills and abilities. Wages, benefits and conditions of employment are governed by the current collective agreement with CUPE Local 2698. The current hourly rate for this position is $37.25.