Full-Time Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

The Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator will efficiently maintain and operate municipally controlled Wastewater treatment plant and sewer operations primarily for the West Pubnico Treatment facility and provide assistance to other wastewater needs in the Tusket and Wedgeport area where needed. The position is designed as a succession plan for our current Wastewater treatment plant operator in West Pubnico, with the successful candidate eventually moving into the primary operator position.

This position is considered a full-time position and is based on a 37.5-hour workweek. Furthermore, there are on-call requirements, with additional compensation on those weeks where the position would be on call.

Deadline to Apply: August 2, 2021

To apply: Send in your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


General Knowledge:

  • The employee must adhere to the policies and procedures of the Municipality of the District of Argyle
  • The employee must have knowledge of modern office procedures and methods including telephone communications and office systems
  • The employee must possess the skills to successfully use computers and various software packages.
  • The employee must have the ability to establish priorities, work independently and proceed with objectives without constant supervision


  • Operate and monitor computerized control systems and related equipment in wastewater movement and regulate and adjust its treatment.
  • Monitor and inspect plant equipment and systems to detect equipment malfunctions and to ensure plant systems are operating normally.
  • Read flow meters, gauges, and other recording instruments to measure Wastewater output and bacterial/chemical content.
  • Become familiar with the onsite testing processes for wastewater and arrange for lab tests to be sent in accordance with regulations.
  • Become familiar with the relevant environmental regulations associated with Wastewater treatment and maintain positive communication with those responsible for environmental regulation.
  • Perform security checks in plant and on grounds.
  • Perform or arrange for field maintenance on the grounds of the West Pubnico Treatment Plant as well as the pump stations in the community.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly treatment plant facility.
  • Assist skilled tradespersons with installation and repair of plant machinery.
  • Develop and maintain a schedule of preventative maintenance and establish an asset management plan for the orderly repair and replacement of components as they approach the end of useful life.
  • Respond to emergency calls from residents re: wastewater issues.
  • Perform regular checks on pump stations as per pre-established policy and procedures.
  • Become intimately familiar with the Operational instruction manuals on the Sequence Batch Reactor system, the Trident dewatering system, and other systems at the treatment plant and associated pump stations.
  • Maintenance, cleaning, and general upkeep of equipment in accordance with preventative maintenance programs.
  • Provide technical and physical support for wastewater operations in Tusket and Wedgeport when required, to assist our Wastewater operator responsible.
  • Obtain general knowledge of the equipment and operation of the East Pubnico Water Utility, and perform tasks as instructed by the Supervisor or by the Wastewater treatment plant operator.
  • Working with the JOSH committee coordinator, follow safety procedures as outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety protocols and provide recommendations, improving and adding safety procedures as they become evident.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor, the Wastewater operator, or the CAO.


Successful completion of Grade 12 and/or a minimum of five years' experience in a licensed trade or Municipal Sewer Infrastructure related work. The idea candidate has their Operator in Training Certificate, or their level one Wastewater certification. Recognized courses in facility maintenance, sewer treatment plant maintenance would be considered an asset. A valid provincially recognized trade license, such as plumbing or electrical would not be required but would also be considered an asset.

The Municipality is willing to support and train the ideal candidate to become a level one Wastewater operator should the candidate not possess this certification, provided that the person had relevant experience or education in a similar field.

The successful candidate must be able to work well with the public and ideally bilingual. Fellow employees of the Municipality must possess a valid class 5 driver's license a class 3 or higher would be an asset. Recognized safety courses not already achieved by the candidate but required for the job will be supplied by the Municipality.

Work With Us

The Wastewater operator (ii) shall work for the Wastewater and Facilities Department and shall primarily work out of the West Pubnico Treatment plant. The successful candidate shall not live more than 40 minutes from the plant as required by regulation. He/She shall work under the tutelage of our Treatment Plant Operator (i) and both shall share the responsibility to ensure effective operations of the facility. A location shall be available at the Tusket administrative office when needed, and a vehicle shall be available to him/her for the work-related duties.

This position, along with benefits would follow Argyle's personnel policies and guidelines. Participation in training and development sessions or attendance at meetings or on-call events may require evening and weekend work. Overtime hours would apply in accordance with our policy.


Full-time Facilities and Water Supervisor

The Facilities and Water Supervisor for the Municipality of the District of Argyle will be responsible for the effective operation of the Department. The position has responsibility within the Municipality for the overall management of the department. The Supervisor must possess a good understanding of Nova Scotia wastewater regulations as well as other federal-provincial regulations relating to Wastewater and facility maintenance. The ideal candidate has a certificate in wastewater operation, along with other relevant experience in property management or people management. Municipal experience would be considered an asset. The Facilities and Water Supervisor lead a team of staff, cross-trained in the facility, water, and wastewater operations. The team, along with its leader, is committed to Occupational Health and Safety for all staff, and for the safety and health of our residents. The supervisor leads all repair and maintenance of our Wastewater, Water, recreation, and other facilities, and works alongside the Director of Public Works and Enforcement in long-term capital projects and procurement.

The Supervisor will be expected to manage its department budget and recommend policy changes where appropriate. This position is responsible for fleet management and all facilities maintenance equipment. This position is expected to prepare reports advising the CAO, staff, and Council where appropriate.

This position is expected to be a hands-on operator, with experience leading others in the completion of day-to-day operations. The employee in this position must be a team player who is able to instil an attitude of trust, respect and fairness among those with whom he/she works with and alongside.

Deadline to Apply: August 2, 2021

To apply: Send in your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


  • Manages the Department in accordance with the Municipality's policies and procedures, including the recruitment, supervision, and evaluation of departmental employees.
  • Plans and organizes the work of all wastewater and facility maintenance employees and ensures departmental objectives are accomplished.
  • Provides on-site assistance and supervision where required, recommends training and certification improvements for staff.
  • Prepares the Department's annual operating budget with assistance from the CAO/Director of Finance.
  • Recommends urgent repairs to the CAO for approval when outside of the budget.
  • Approves and administers the annual operating and maintenance plan for field, wastewater, water and facility and road maintenance.
  • Responds to questions and/or requests for information, verbally and through correspondence to ensure functional operation of the Department.
  • Regularly advises the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Departmental issues, concerns and other matters that may impact on the Municipality's operations, and makes recommendations for action.
  • Manages all fleet and municipal equipment used by the Municipality.
  • Prepares monthly reports and provides information on the Department's operations as part of the monthly staff report shared with Council.
  • Ensures all wastewater and water testing is done when required and meets Department of Environment standards, raises issues of concern to the CAO when required. This position prepares or causes to prepare quarterly reports as required by Provincial and Federal Government.
  • Attends meetings of Municipal Council, public, committee and other meetings when areas of discussion are expected to involve the Department's advice.
  • Encourages a teamwork environment within the workplace and performs a leadership role in motivating, coaching, and developing employees.
  • Ordering, or causing to be ordered, equipment and supplies that are needed to accomplish departmental objectives within the authority of the position and the approved budget.
  • Leads municipal sewer connection inspections and other inspections under the direction of the Municipality's policies or By-laws, and in collaboration with other municipal departments, as required.
  • Develops processes or procedures to improve job clarity, effectiveness, and efficiency for staff.
  • Ensure appropriate janitorial services are available to the Municipality.
  • Ensures safety measures are in place and followed for the Departmental staff, and attends OHS meetings regularly.
  • Assist, where time permits, the bylaw enforcement officer in gathering evidence on dangerous or unsightly property investigations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to the CAO, which are in keeping with the terms of this position.


Ideal education is post-secondary, with relevant education and experience in areas of plumbing, electrical or carpentry. Actual Red Seal or similar certification is not a requirement but is considered a significant asset. A certification in level one or level two wastewater operator is considered essential. Equivalent experience in a supervisory role in a relevant field shall be a strong consideration.

Ideal experience in the following areas:

  • Project management
  • Foreman or other form of leadership on work sites
  • Public service, and efficient and effective delivery of customer service
  • Wastewater and water utilities
  • Budgeting and capital project review and revision

Work With Us

This position, along with benefits would follow Argyle's personnel policies and guidelines. Participation in training and development sessions or attendance at meetings or on-call events may require evening and weekend work. Overtime hours would apply in accordance with our policy.





 All employment opportunities within the Municipality of Argyle will be posted here as they become available. The Municipality of Argyle is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about employment resources and job postings in the area, please contact:

Nova Scotia Works (CDENE)
Dawn Doucette - Career Practitioner

1 Slocumb Dr
Tusket, NS 
B0W 3M0 
Phone: 902-648-0573



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