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Water and Wastewater Operator

Northwestern Region
Division Northwestern Region
Locations 3767 Hwy 69, South, Sudbury, ON
Job Term (2) Permanent
Job Code Waste and Water Project Operator 1 (40402)
Salary $26.51 to $28.14 per hour (OIT)
$27.92 to $31.06 per hour (Level 1 Operator)
$29.49 to $32.83 per hour (Level 2 Operator)
$30.67 to $38.04 per hour (Level 3 or 4 Operator)
*OCWA provides additional pay for water and wastewater certification/license
Posting Status OPEN
File No. OCWA-140-24-NW
Job ID 217366
Job Closing July 24, 2024


The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) believes in our communities, our environment and our people. As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, we provide our clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients to help them build healthy, sustainable communities and organizations and provide safe and reliable drinking water to thousands of Ontarians each day.

Join our team as a water/wastewater professional with OCWA!

In this role, you will use your skills to operate and maintain the water and wastewater
facilities within the Northwestern Region.

  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
  • A wide-ranging compensation structure focused on pay for certification, on-call pay, call-back pay, over-time and Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) pay.
  • Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 30 years.
  • Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
  • A defined benefit pension plan; comprehensive health plan; life and disability insurance.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.

OCWA’s Operator Career Path Program provides learning, continuing education, career development and certification advancement opportunities. As you develop and obtain higher level licenses, you will progress through the Operator Career Path with increased operational responsibilities as well as training and mentoring opportunities. When you successfully obtain a higher certification/license, you will be eligible for additional base or premium pay in accordance with the schedule above.

  • Mandatory
    • OIT to Class IV certificate or license: Water Treatment, Water Distribution and Supply, Wastewater Treatment/Collection, Limited Surface Water, and Limited Groundwater (as per O. Reg. 129/04).
    • A minimum Operator-in-Training (OIT), as specified in O.Reg. 128/04 of the Safe Drinking Water Act and O.Reg. 129/04 of the Ontario Water Resources Act (
    • Should a successful applicant be employed as an under-fill Operator (OIT), there will be a requirement to write and pass the required class 1 certification exams within 12 months of your start date. If you are not certified, please review this link to find out how to become certified:
    • Must be available for overtime and ability to be on-call after regular working hours as part of a rotation. Employees who respond to on-call are compensated accordingly.
    • Valid class G driver’s license
    • The successful candidate must be able to respond to on-call within a reasonable period of time.
  • Knowledge
    • Good knowledge of water/wastewater treatment processes to operate the facilities.
    • Working experience/knowledge of the skilled trades for the maintenance and repair of a variety of equipment and structures, including but not limited to the following skills: basic electrical repair, welding, plumbing, millwright, gas-fitting and steam-fitting.
    • Sound knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other relevant regulatory and legislative acts, codes, policies, guidelines and procedures related to water and wastewater operations and maintenance; health and safety procedures/WHMIS.
    • Knowledge of basic mathematics and chemistry to make calculations for chemical and operating processes.
    • Ability to interpret maintenance manuals, blueprints and other technical specifications; use and storage of industrial chemicals.
    • Familiarity with computers, including monitoring and operating systems.
    • Familiarity with Computerized Maintenance Management Systems would be an asset.
  • Skills and Ability Include
    • Analytical, problem-solving, planning and scheduling skills required to effectively inspect, operate and monitor the facilities processes and equipment.
    • Ability to perform routine preventive maintenance; take samples, interpret results and make process control adjustments to resolve operating issues.
    • Good oral and written communication skills to liaise with a variety of people including coworkers, clients, suppliers, while keeping accurate logs and writing reports.
    • Ability to work in a team environment and take initiative.
    • Ability to perform manual labour.
  • OPS commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

    We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

    We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

    Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service. We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

  1. You must apply by e-mail and the job competition quoted in the subject line.
  2. You must show how you meet what we are looking for clearly, completely and concisely; we rely on the information you provide to us.
  3. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN employee ID number when applying.
  4. Please indicate the type of water certificate you hold and license number(s) on the job application.

Send application/resume with covering letter (PDF format preferred) saved as JOB ID – First Last Name to:
Hiring Manager: Fred Beauvais


Ontario Clean Water Agency is an inclusive employer.
We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code
The Ontario Clean Water Agency is an agency of the Province of Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. As the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Canada, we manage over 800 facilities from small well systems and lagoons to large water and wastewater treatment plants. Consider this opportunity if you are a motivated, team oriented individual seeking a career in the water and wastewater industry.
Note: Thank you for your interest, we will contact you only if we choose you for further screening or an interview.