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Public Works Foreman

Job No: 92268
Location: Lake Cowichan, British Columbia

  • Don't miss this opportunity to use your public works and supervisory experience skills in a challenging role!
  • Enjoy a standard Monday- Friday work week, and earn a competitive salary with a great host of benefits!
  • Live, work, and play in a family-friendly town on beautiful Vancouver Island!

About the Town of Lake Cowichan

Situated on Cowichan Lake, and with the beautiful heritage Cowichan River flowing through the center of town, The Town of Lake Cowichan is a modern growing community of approximately 3,000 people, with an additional 3,500 people in the surrounding area.

Conveniently located within driving distance from Victoria and Nanaimo, and only 20 minutes to Duncan, the Town of Lake Cowichan offers the best of small town living coupled with all of life’s necessary conveniences.

With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation from one of the largest freshwater lakes on the island, to the West Coast Trail, and the old growth forests of Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, there is no shortage of places to explore and live, work, and play.

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Your New Role

The Town of Lake Cowichan has an exciting opportunity for a Public Works Foreman to join our team in Lake Cowichan, BC

Reporting to the Superintendent of Public Works and Engineering Services, you will supervise and oversee the operations and maintenance of the Public Works and Parks Department, including roads, water, storm and sanitary sewers, solid waste collection and fleet management.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning, organizing and supervising the public works crew daily operations and evaluating the operations of the Public Works Department
  • Planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the performance of support staff
  • Interpreting construction drawings and design drawings
  • Preparing costs estimates and developing specifications and bid documents for public works, parks and public utilities-related designs, construction and maintenance projects
  • Recommending policies, procedures, and programs for roads, sewage works, streetlights, drainage, garbage collection, facilities maintenance and parks operations
  • Directing and participating in analyses and preparing recommendations regarding the construction and maintenance of the public works facilities and capital project development

To apply for the role, you will need the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in municipal works 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in crew supervision
  • Previous water and sewer experience

The following are assets, but are not required:

  • A Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology
  • Experience working in a union environment
  • Experience as a Foreman in a municipal environment

You will also need to be able to read and interpret blueprints and be comfortable costing/estimating. An Environmental Operations Certificate (EOCP) is highly desired. 

The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders of different levels is important. Similarly, strong communication skills and problem-solving skills are essential. 

If you are an innovative and strategic leader who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, this could be the role for you! Above all, you must always maintain a safe and efficient work environment. 

About the Benefits

In exchange for your hard work and dedication on the job, you will be rewarded with a highly competitive hourly salary of $33.10 per hour, and a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Extended medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Pension plan
  • Short/Long term disability insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 13 Stat days per calendar year
  • A standard Monday - Friday work week

That’s not all! You will be joining a close-knit organization that offers a friendly, inclusive environment. 

Don't miss this chance to take on a supervisory role within an innovative organization that prides itself on its collaborative teamwork and supportive working environment - Apply Now!

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